Caliente Red and Lake House Living

Benjamin Moore 2018 Color of the year - Caliente Red. Photo: Benjamin Moore. Lake house living
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As we continue to work our way toward spring, many of us are really starting to crave color.  Any color, really, to counteract the snow and slush.

But today we’re focusing on one bold, energetic color that’s sure to bring any space out of the winter doldrums.


When Benjamin Moore announced Caliente Red  as their Color of the Year for 2018, I was immediately in.  Maybe it was because I was color starved, or possibly because I haven’t decorated with red in a while and it felt fresh and new, but it was suddenly back on my decorating radar.  Especially when I saw the inspiration images.

The Caliente red walls in the bedroom (first image) add so much life, and the bold red door in the entry (below), combined with the can’t-miss combination of black and white, makes the space so cheerful and inviting.

There is also a relaxed lake house vibe in both spaces that draws you in and makes you want to live there.

Black and white entry with Caliente Red door. Photo: Benjamin Moore Paints. Lake house living

Lake House Living Room

Of course if you or I were going to move in, we’d need a living area to hang out in.  So I thought it might be fun to pull together a lake house living room that feels like it would easily blend with the Caliente inspiration rooms.

With upholstered pieces in striped cotton, framed Lake Minnetonka maps, and weathered light pine tables, this space is perfect for casual, relaxed lake house living.

lake house living room inspired by Caliente Red
sofa | chair | ottoman | cocktail table | chairside table | steel side table | map triptych | rug

And we can’t forget the red, of course, so I chose a bold red area rug to ground the seating and bring a pop of the inspiration color into the space.

You can shop this room with the links provided above, or visit our showrooms to create your own version of a lake house living room.

But the question is, will red be your inspiration color?

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