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Articles by: Claire

Modern vs. Contemporary: What’s the Difference in Home Design?

You know that your house looks current, and you do your best to stay on-trend. You might call your style modern — or you might call it contemporary. But did you know there’s a difference between the two? Despite being synonyms in day-to-day usage, the terms modern and contemporary have distinct meanings in home design. ...

Exterior Design Tips: 12 Updates for 2021

With so many elements making up exterior design, there are a lot of ways to make an impact. We’re here to help with these top exterior design tips to enhance your home’s style. However, before you start a complete exterior redesign, we recommend asking yourself some preliminary questions to identify a design direction: What portions ...

Our Review of Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Few home exterior paint colors are as transformative and as versatile as a crisp, fresh white. It’s part of the reason Benjamin Moore’s Simply White paint was named color of the year in 2016 — and has remained one of the brand’s top sellers ever since. Whether it’s coating your whole house or used sparingly ...

Our Review of Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams

Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams is a bold, chic black paint that we love for home exterior designs. Whether they’re used to draw attention to architectural details or to make a dramatic impact on large surfaces, deep black hues are all the rage in home design. With so many moody shades on the market, we’ve ...

18 Front Door Ideas That Will Make Your Home Stand Out in 2021

Your front door is your first opportunity to set the tone for your home’s style and personality. Updating it is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make a big impact on your home’s exterior design. Here at brick&batten, our virtual exterior designers use doors in every shape, style and color to boost curb ...

Our Review of Soot by Benjamin Moore

Dark, moody hues are all the rage on home exteriors. Rich, bold shades of black and gray create an impactful statement from the street and can emphasize striking features of your home’s façade. However, diving into the dark side can be intimidating, especially with so many black paints on the market. Here at brick&batten, we ...

Our Review of Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams

This just might be the year for a bold move. Embrace some excitement and try on an almost-black exterior for size. When choosing an exterior paint color, something stormy might seem too intense. Here at brick&batten, we’ve seen black exteriors in action, which is why we’ve decided to write this review of Iron Ore by ...

Exterior Paint Color of the Year 2021

Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl has been chosen as our top pick for 2021. When it comes to choosing a color for your home’s exterior, your options can feel endless. The color you paint your home can set the tone for your whole exterior design — not to mention it can seriously impact your curb appeal. At ...

Our Review of Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Shades of gray have been a trendy look for the past few years, and a fresh coat of paint in a deep, moody gray can instantly update your home exterior. That’s why we’ve decided to take a look at Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal. This popular shade is gracing home facades of all sizes and styles. ...