JLD Designers’ Show House: Benjamin Moore Q&A

We reached out to Architectural and Design Representative, Beth Maguire, of Benjamin Moore & Co. to answer a few questions and learn a little more about their impact on the 2018 Junior League of Detroit Designers’ Show House.


Lisa McMahon: How did you get involved with the JLD Show House?
Beth Maguire: I heard about the JLD Show House through another Benjamin Moore Architectural & Design Representative, Diana Rattazzi, who had previously worked with ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.

Lisa: Did Hill Harper the homeowner chime in on preferred palettes?  What palette does he lean toward?
Beth: Hill Harper did have preferred palettes for this home. He requested mostly neutral colors like Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967 for the master bedroom.

Right Meets Left Interior Design chose Benjamin Moore Teal Ocean 2049-30 for her doors and trim.


Sapphire Pear chose Benjamin Moore Black Satin 2131-10 for the walls and trim.


Lisa: A show house is usually an opportunity for designers to get outside-of-the-box creative.  Did anyone choose a Benjamin Moore color that is rarely used?
Beth: Show homes are a great opportunity for designers to utilize color in new and/or dramatic ways. For this project, several designers used very saturated, extraordinary colors. Phyllis Whitehead of Fifi & Coco’s used the striking Benjamin Moore Jade Green 2037-20 for the entrance to the ballroom. Courtney McLeod from Right Meets Left Interior Design chose a vivid teal, Benjamin Moore Teal Ocean 2049-30, for her doors and trim to complement a bold wallpaper pattern used on the walls. Barrie Spang of Sapphire Pear chose the elegant Benjamin Moore Black Satin 2131-10 for the walls and trim in the sunroom creating a vivid contrast.

Tom Gibbs and Isabella Weiss used several shades of blue including Twlight Blue 2067-30.


Lisa: Did any of the designers request paint for furniture?
Beth: Designers did choose paint for furniture as well. Angie Lane from A. Lane Architecture used paint on both the headboard and a dresser. She chose Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black CW-680 for the headboard and Benjamin Moore Floradale Isle 581 to line the inside of the dresser drawers, adding a hidden pop of color in an unexpected place. Similarly, Tom Gibbs and Isabelle Weiss used several shades of blue in their room, including Benjamin Moore Twilight Blue 2067-30 for the interior of their built-in cabinets.

Lisa: Any cool paint treatments beyond the walls?
Beth: It’s always great to see designers utilizing different elements when it comes to paint. Several designers used products like the Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Glaze which creates an infinite variety of designs and effects on interior surfaces, or Studio Finishes Molten Metallics which creates a beautiful hammered-metal effect. Both add depth to specialty finished projects and are ideal for new and previously painted furniture, decorative pieces, trim, ceilings and accent walls.

Buckingham Interiors used CENTURY Blue Muscari U9 to coordinate with the wallpaper and contrast with the gold leaf trim.


Lisa: Do you think that working with the exquisite woodwork and craftsmanship of the restored landmark home impacted designer color choices?
Beth: I think that the details of the home actually inspired designers to be even more creative. There were definitely areas where the original wood was kept, such as the living room and library. However, the designers had their own vision for what the color should be for their rooms, separate from the woodwork. Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors used Benjamin Moore CENTURY Blue Muscari U9 to coordinate with the wallpaper for the inset panels in the dining room. Its contrast with the existing gold leaf trim is stunning. She also chose Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Pearlescent White 01 for her trim, to give the whole room a beautiful glow.

Lisa: In which spaces did you find the boldest color choices? What are they?
Beth: The boldest color choices were mostly used in the bedrooms/guest bedrooms. Colors like Benjamin Moore Dream I Can Fly 769, Athens Blue 797, and Mystical Blue 792 etc., illuminated these types of rooms with pure, extraordinary color.

Lisa: Do you see a trend in finishes for walls throughout the Show House?
Beth: In terms of finishes for the walls, most designers used a lower sheen on the walls, like Matte, and then did either a Semi-Gloss or High Gloss on their trim work. Some, however, added a little contrast within the home and used a Satin finish on their trim.

Lisa: Was there a particular color chosen by the majority of designers for ceilings and trim? What is the most popular BM trim color?
Beth: The most widely used trim and ceiling color was Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17. This softly shaded white is light and luminous, making it a favorite choice for moldings and trim. The crisp, clean Chantilly Lace OC-65 was a close second.

Crenshaw Associates used CENTURY Natural Slate Q3 on both the walls and ceiling.


Lisa: Is gray still the go-to neutral?
Beth: Gray definitely has a presence throughout the house.  A few designers used grays from the Benjamin Moore ultra-premium CENTURY line. Loretta Crenshaw of Crenshaw Associates used CENTURY Natural Slate Q3 on both the walls and ceiling in the ballroom and Pam Bemus and the group from Ethan Allen chose CENTURY Magnetite Q4 for the second-floor living suite. CENTURY’s unique Soft Touch Matte finish adds a new dimension of color to both of these spaces. Other beautiful grays that were also used include Benjamin Moore Tyler Gray CW-50, Nocturnal Gray 2135-30, Classic Gray 1548 and Platinum Gray HC-179.

Lisa: There seems to be a resurgence of white as the go-to neutral.  What whites do designers choose most?
Beth: With unrivaled versatility, the best white paint colors stand easily on their own as a design element. White and off-white walls, ceilings, trim and doors, in more of a “supporting” role, are equally essential to a home’s color palette. The main whites used overall in this show home were Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17, Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Super White OC-152.

Lisa: Without revealing your 2019 color of the year, what color trends do you see that will be with us for a while?  And those on the outs?
Beth: While color is subjective, we noticed in this house, designers gravitated toward various neutrals, blues, and greens.

Lisa: Last Question! Do you see a color trend based on the Show House designers’ choices?
Beth: When I laid out the entire color palette for the home, it looked very cohesive; almost as if one person chose all the paint colors. Again, various neutrals, blues, and greens were the main colors used. Majority of the blues and greens were vibrant hues that added a bold factor to the rooms. Some darker blues like navy were incorporated, as well as some softer blues and greens on accent areas such as ceilings.


Beth Maguire currently serves as an Architectural and Design Representative for Benjamin Moore & Co. In this role, she assists with product specifications and color recommendations, as well as delivering trend, color and coatings presentations to architects, designers and students. Beth holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has 15+ years’ experience doing both retail design and marketing for several companies.

As a brand ambassador for Benjamin Moore, Beth has a passionate approach to color and design. While working as showroom manager for Benjamin Moore’s Designer Showroom at the Merchandise Mart, she was able to share her knowledge and passion for color with the design community for five years. She is also a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector, and supports the Great Lakes architectural and design community.

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