May 04, 2021 3 min read

Get inspired by the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 Palette

Spring has arrived! The weather is getting warmer, flowers are in bloom, trees are filling with lush green leaves — color us inspired. Maybe it’s Spring fever or maybe we’re simply tired of looking at the same walls after a year of mostly staying home, but it’s feeling like the perfect time for a home refresh. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to give a room a new look and feel is with a fresh coat of paint. While you might be tempted to replace your well loved couch, tear up the kitchen, or knock down a few walls; don’t underestimate the power of paint.

While the incredible color explosions are happening outside, we are finding ourselves drawn to the sultry tones of Benjamin Moore Silhouette AF-655 in our most treasured spaces. As part of the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 Palette, this red based brown is having a moment. This rich and saturated shade, with a low LRV of 8.37, can appear bluish gray or almost purple in some light. The subtleties in its hues make Silhouette AF-655 highly versatile.

Living Room painted in Silhouette AF-655 from JC Licht in Chicago, IL

From Quaint to Dramatic

Silhouette AF-655 is a favorite among homeowners. It instantly adds drama to any room with its sultry, not-quite -gray, not-quite-brown shade. But don’t be intimidated by it’s deeper, darker shade. Just because it’s moody, does not mean it is limiting. In fact, Silhouette AF-655, can be used on a wide range of spaces from dramatic dining rooms to cozy master bedrooms, accent walls in offices all the way down to the floors of an old Victorian home or quaint craftsman. It will transform any room from dull to sophisticated. 

Formal Dining Room walls and floors painted in Benjamin Moore Silhouette AF-655 from JC Licht in Chicago, IL

As will other deeper more saturated paint colors, a little can go a long way. Don’t be afraid to try it in unexpected places like the back of built-in shelving, a coffered ceiling, or coupled with other complimentary colors. Silhouette AF-655 pairs well with both cool and warm shades. We love it with grays such as Platinum Gray HC-179 and Shoreline 1471.

Try a sample of Silhouette AF-655 today! Visit one of our 44+  JC Licht locations today.

Because Silhouette AF-655 has shades of brown, red, and blue, choose accent colors that will bring out the hues you prefer to highlight.  While we love the contrast of Province Blue 2135-40 and Ylang Ylang AF-305Silhouette AF-655, is also the perfect color to use to achieve a calm and classic monochromatic look.  Choose accent pillows, blankets or curtains in blue and red shades for a trendy, yet timeless look.

Master Bedroom painted with Benjamin Moore Silhouette AF-655 from JC Licht in Chicago, IL

Add Depth and Space

One of the biggest misconceptions about darker hue paints is that they can only be used in big rooms. While it is true that a darker shade can make a small room feel smaller, if used correctly, dark paint in a small room can add depth and even make small spaces appear larger.

When working with a smaller room, you want to avoid making it appear cave-like. Make sure if your walls are dark, the ceiling is light. Try painting the trim such as baseboards and crown in the same color. Because these lines are not as noticeable, it will help make the space feel taller. Also be mindful of accent furniture and decor. In brighter colors, these finishes can help to add dimension and texture to give the perception of a larger space and to avoid that closed-in feel.

Turn an Average Room to a Lavish Space

Painting is one of the easiest DIY projects that can instantly turn an old room into something new. With a rich and saturated look, the red-based brown Silhouette AF-655 is a shade that will work anywhere you want to make a statement. As the light moves across the room, enjoy the subtle changes in hues from brown to gray to slightly purple for a clean and modern look. Nearly any accent color will work with this highly versatile and increasingly popular color from Benjamin Moore.

 Still not sure where to use Silhouette AF-655 or what color to pair it with? Request a color consultation from a JC Licht professional (virtual or in-person).

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