Color of the Year – Metropolitan AF-690

Metropolitan AF-690 - Color of the Year

Calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, exudes glamour, beauty and balance.

Metropolitan AF-690 is supported by Color Trends 2019, a coordinating palette of 15 harmonious hues.

The calibrated silence of layered grays helps a modern home find its soft side.

Fresh linens. Reflective metallic accents. Easygoing neutrals bring restorative quiet to a sleek kitchen.

The soft power of heathered grays finds serenity against a bold backdrop.

Pale grays and frothy pinks converge in a soft, beguiling haze that soothes the senses.

Pair it Well

The right color deserves the right paint. Click below for a few products to consider for your next project.

Wall texture and depth with a stippling technique.

Add subtle texture and depth to your walls with this stippling technique.

Learn how to create this bold and modern stippled effect using Benjamin Moore paints. This is a quick and easy way to add depth and create subtle texture to your walls. 

Materials: 

  • Two or more satin sheen or semigloss Benjamin Moore paints
  • Benjamin Moore Studio Finish latex glaze in clear
  • Paint roller
  • Painters tape
  • Plates
  • 2 or more natural sponges
  • Sponge roller
  1. First, apply your base coat with the roller sponge. To achieve the modern slate look from the photo, start with Benjamin Moore’s Amber Slate.

2. Next mix the color you wish to use as the texture with the Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Latex Glaze.  The ratio should be 1:4 (Paint:Glaze). For this part we’re going to combine Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black, with the Studio Finish Latex Glaze.

 3. Pour the glaze mixture onto one of your plates. 

4. Dampen one of your sponges, dip it in the mixture and blot out the excess. Begin in the upper corners and dab the sponge lightly onto the wall—keeping in mind to overlap the edges and to rotate the sponge to create a more organic appearance. Rinse the sponge as needed in water to keep it from becoming too saturated with the color. 

5. After you have covered a relatively large section, rinse your sponge in water and wring it out. Use the damp sponge to dab on top of the wet glaze mixture—this removes some of the top color and allows the base color to come through. 

6. Continue this technique over the whole wall until satisfied. Don’t forget to practice beforehand on some cardboard. 

 

Enjoy your beautiful new walls! 

Preparation is the key

Preparation is the key to any successful painting project.

Begin by removing as much furniture as possible from the room. Use drop cloths to cover the floor and any remaining furniture. While plastic is ideal for furniture, canvas drop cloths absorb paint, are not slippery, will not move, and can be reused.
Next, remove any pictures, mirrors, window treatments, and electrical/light switch plates. Loosen the ceiling plates of hanging light fixtures and cover the fixtures.
Because surface dirt can cause poor adhesion, use a light detergent to wash surfaces that are soiled, that are touched often, or that may have any oily residue from cooking. Take care not to leave any residue from the detergent.
Wash doors and trim, particularly where they are handled. After they are clean, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and allow them to dry before painting.

Prepare

Pen, Crayon, and Water Stains
Use a liquid detergent to remove as much of the markings left by pens, crayons, and water stains as possible, and wipe with clean water.
For any remaining marks, spot prime the affected areas with Fresh Start® QD-30 Int. / Ext. Alkyd Sealer to prevent “bleeding” through the finish coat.

Glossy Surfaces and Imperfections
To ensure proper adhesion, sand glossy surfaces with fine sandpaper. Be sure to remove sanding dust. Vacuum surfaces clean and wipe with a tack cloth.
Examine floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces for nail holes, cracks, or any other surface imperfections. Use a putty knife to rake out any large plaster cracks or loose particles in your walls and ceilings.

Spackling
Firmly press spackling compound into crevices with a putty knife and smooth until the compound is flush with the surface. 
To fill mitered trim joinings (which are open) and door or window trim that is separated from your wall, press the compound into the crevices, and smooth it with your finger. Allow it to dry and then sand lightly.
Because patching compound shrinks when it dries, it is often necessary to apply the compound a second time after the first coat has dried.

Loose Paint
Use a putty knife to remove any loose or scaling paint. When you remove paint from walls or ceilings, sand paint edges to ensure a smooth surface. This will marry the two levels of paint so the edges will not be noticed when it is re-coated.
When removing paint from the sash, trim, or doors, use a fine sandpaper to sand the entire surface.