Coastal Caliente

Making 2018’s boldest color Cape Cod beautiful



Snow’s Interior Design Consultant, Rachel Schink

When Benjamin Moore announces their upcoming Color of the Year each fall, people have mixed reactions. When it was A Breath of Fresh Air, many of us felt an undeniable draw to this gentle shade of blue.  When it was Simply White, there was more than a little buzz about choosing something so neutral (is white even a color?). And most recently, the deep, bold red that is Caliente was revealed as the 2018 Color of the Year. To this, some said, “A beautiful color – but not very Cape Cod.”


The truth is, we tend to agree. Both color expert Sue Pike and I feel that regardless of the national and international trends, “Cape Cod” design will never go out of style. We love coastal colors that help us feel relaxed. Give us our grays, sands, sea foams, and navy forever!


That being said, a statement red paint color like Caliente has it’s place. And if you do it right, you can achieve a look that is both powerful and peaceful. Aside from it’s nautical connection, red adds depth to weathered woods, seaside blues and misty ocean grays.


The bold 2018 Color of the Year is the perfect pick me up for our blues, winter or otherwise.

client with white and blue gray

Softness with a statement

We also think the key to effectively using a deeply saturated red color like Caliente is to blend it into a classic decor style, using softer fabrics and colors in the mix. One of my favorite Benjamin Moore color palette combinations is this trio: Caliente, Moonshine (a light “griege”) and White Opulence.


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We have so many beautiful accents in the store that will work wonderfully with all of these colors, and you can work red into your design as much or as little as you want.

You could start with a simple white throw pillow or blanket, and build upon the neutrals with a silvery piece of art depicting something coastal – like sea shells. Then layer in a red accent wall, maybe a red lantern or statement nautical rug. And voila! You’ve just designed a Cape Cod room that’s both classic and contemporary.


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