Design New England Shines a Spotlight on CENTURY

Three designers share insights on the power of matte paint against a backdrop of saturated vignettes using CENTURY colors.

WARM-COLORED ACCESSORIES complement the matte brilliancy of Benjamin Moore’s CENTURY SUMAC V5.

WARM-COLORED ACCESSORIES complement the matte brilliancy of Benjamin Moore’s CENTURY SUMAC V5.

When it comes to paint, designers will tell you: just as important as choosing a color is selecting a finish — and the combination of minimal sheen with light absorption makes matte particularly swoon-worthy.

We asked three designers about the finish, and then took their suggestions for color and room pairings to create tactile and saturated vignettes against colors from Benjamin Moore’s new luxuriously soft-to-the-touch CENTURY matte paint line.

This article can be found on designnewengland.com.

Matte paint affords durability, density, and washability, and it has a sheen that suggests depth and sophistication.

“Matte paint affords durability, density, and washability, and it has a sheen that suggests depth and sophistication.”

In the past, matte paint was used in low-traffic areas, but many of the new formulas are wipeable. So in areas where divots and scratches are more frequent, it can now withstand the wear.

“In the past, matte paint was used in low-traffic areas, but many of the new formulas are wipeable. So in areas where divots and scratches are more frequent, it can now withstand the wear.”

Dark colors do especially well in a matte finish. The surface soaks in light, creating a visual richness.

“Dark colors do especially well in a matte finish. The surface soaks in light, creating a visual richness.”