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Bring Home the Gold in Trendy, Timeless Design with JC Licht’s Color of the Month: Chestertown Buff HC-9


As athletes are preparing to compete for the gold at the Summer Olympics later this month, our latest choice for color of the month takes the top spot on the podium when it comes to timeless versatility and warm sophistication. When you see this golden firecracker hue, you’ll instantly know why Chestertown Buff HC-9 is July’s color of the month.

This trendy approach to gold will bring the heat to just about any area of your home. While it’s part of the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection, it will bring fresh energy to any home style, ranging from classic historic architecture to modern and contemporary. That adaptability is why it’s featured in the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 Palette.  

Celebrate the golden hues of the season as athletes rack up gold medals at the Olympics with a golden splash of paint in your home. Visit one of JC Licht’s 57 Chicagoland locations to pick up a color sample or meet with a color consultant to give your home that warm, summertime feeling with Chestertown Buff HC-9.

As Gold as the Sun Bouncing Off the Chicagoland Beaches

Picture this…you wake up on a hot July morning, and as you walk into your kitchen for your morning cup of joe, you’re greeted with a hue that brings a little sunshine to your morning. But not like the blazing noontime sun that pierces your skin. Chestertown Buff HC-9 is a muted tint that offers the light crispness you expect on a summer morning without being overpoweringly yellow.

Pantry Painted in Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal and Chestertown Buff

You can bring this fun yet sophisticated shade to any area of your home. Just ask one of JC Licht’s expert color consultants! Until then, check out some complementary color combinations that will make Chestertown Buff HC-9 pop like fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Trendy Paint Pairings to Consider

Chestertown Buff HC-9 is just that…buff…meaning it pairs well with almost any color you’ve got throughout your home. We see the trends moving back to the golden, more ochre tones over the past few years. Back in the ’90s, it was common to see paint pairing this color with red or wine hues. Today, blues and pink-based colors will look great against the backdrop of Chestertown Buff HC-9.

This color looks great in areas where you have fresh, white trim or even stained wood. If you’ve got lots of dark wood or whites, Chestertown Buff HC-9 will make a statement. Just take a look at how the color stands out in this stunning entryway with the dark wood staircase and Atrium White OC-145!

Entry Staircase with Benjamin Moore Chestertown Buff and Atrium White Colors

This versatile color looks exceptionally chic when paired with Aegean Teal 2136-40 (see the color combo in the kitchen photo above) or any of the colors you see on the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 Palette. We already mentioned pink-based colors go well with this shade, and we love last year’s Color of the Year First Light 2102-70 with Chestertown Buff HC-9.

Like the red, white, and blue hues that characterize this month, think about how you’ll capitalize on Chestertown Buff HC-9 by adding complementary colors or accents in your home. Need painting supplies? No problem! JC Licht not only carries a wide selection of Benjamin Moore paint, but we also have all the supplies and advice you’ll need to complete your painting project with ease.

Ways to Use S’more of that Vibrant Neutral

Did somebody just say s’more?! Just like we love our marshmallows gently toasted, we love Chestertown Buff HC-9 for any interior space in your home (and even on the exterior of your home)! From the most formal to the most lived-in areas of your home, Chestertown Buff HC-9 will breathe life into each room.

Chestertown Buff HC-9 has an LRV of 52.98. LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, indicates how much a color will absorb or reflect light, and it ranges from 0 to 100. Since this color hovers right around 50, it neither reflects nor absorbs a ton of light, making it an excellent interior color no matter how much natural light a room gets.

Living Room Painted with Benjamin Moore Chestertown Buff and Dark Blue

Chestertown Buff HC-9 is an excellent neutral that still adds vibrance to a room, and it’s a great backdrop for statement furniture pieces or artwork. If you have some colorful pieces or a dramatic chair, Chestertown Buff HC-9 is a color option that will stand the test of time (even if you change the furniture or swap out the artwork).

If we’ve got you dyeing (see what we did there?) to use Chestertown Buff HC-9 for your upcoming painting project, stop into your local JC Licht store to get everything you’ll need from start to finish. We’ll even suggest the perfect Benjamin Moore brand for your space so your color will continue to impress year after year.

Do you have Chestertown Buff HC-9 in your home, or are you using it soon? Post a photo on social media and give us a shout out so we can see how gorgeous it looks! Just tag us using @JCLicht.


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