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How to Choose Interior Paint Colors

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 11, 2021
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

As any homeowner knows, choosing paint colors can be overwhelming. Use this blog to help you explore and select interior color schemes you’ll love!

While there is no one-size-fits-all reply to "what’s the best interior paint color," some thoughtful research goes a long way. Go into this exercise with an open mind and a commitment to exploring your creative side as you search for your perfect paint color.

Step #1: Analyze the Room for Interior Paint Ideas

Hardwood floors, countertops, a fireplace surround, area rugs, and of course furniture...the colors in these items will help determine which paint color families will work best in your room, and help narrow your options.

Additionally, the right paint color for any room should reflect the mood you want to create in the room as well as complement its architecture and style.

Paint truly transforms your space–see some of our favorite colors for the living room and bedroom if you are selecting the color for either of these important spaces in your home.

Step #2: Explore the Best Interior Paint Colors–for You

If you want to cut to the chase, check out tried and true most popular paint colors and homeowner favorite colors including Chantilly Lace OC-65, Revere Pewter HC-172, Hale Navy HC-154, and many more.

For a more deliberate approach, use magazines, online tools like Pinterest to find colors and color combinations that inspire you. Is your eye drawn to darker hues, fresh pastels, or bold primary colors? Explore how paint and color work together in the Color Handbook and tap into our online color tools.

Tip: Paint on a poster board, not a wall, so you can easily see how colors will appear around the room.

Step #3: Get Color Chips, then Test with Paint Samples

Once you’ve selected the colors you’re drawn to, visit Monnick Supply, your local Benjamin Moore retailer, and pick up color chips and inspirational brochures to bring home.

While you may be tempted to use color swatches only to determine which color to use, the best way to test color in different lighting conditions is to buy paint samples. Natural and artificial light can impact the appearance of color, so viewing it at different times of the day in all lighting conditions is crucial.

Step #4: Pair Color with Quality Paints

Some painters may tell you that they can easily "match" any Benjamin Moore® color in another paint brand. This is simply not the case.

Make sure that the Benjamin Moore interior paint color you ultimately choose is realized to its full potential by using only Benjamin Moore products.

Step #5: Get Started Any Time

When it comes to interior painting, you generally control the environment you’re working in. Weather does not have to be a consideration–so interior painting is a year-round opportunity.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


Kitchen Color Ideas and Inspiration

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Monnick Supply - Kitchen Color Ideas in Marlborough, Framingham, MA

Add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen with paint color that highlights and brings together the existing features of the space.

Kitchens have several fixed elements, including the countertop, backsplash, cabinets and flooring. While neutrals are very popular for kitchens, there are also opportunities to bring accent colors into the room—even a small dose of color makes a big impact. Benjamin Moore’s Regal® Select offer fresh color for your kitchen along with superior durability and washability no matter what sheen you choose.

Color Guidance

Cabinets take up the most visual space, so let them guide you to the best colors for your kitchen. If your cabinets are finished in dark or medium wood, look to colors that will create balance by using lighter hues. White and pale wood cabinets pair well with many colors, particularly cool blues, grays and greens for a look that is updated and works for both modern and traditional schemes.

If you are interested in refinishing your cabinets, Monnick Supply has got you covered.

Cabinet Color Trends

For a long time, white has dominated kitchen design. But it may have to share the trend spotlight as pale or muted gray, blue and green cabinet colors shake things up a bit. If you’re not ready for a complete cabinet overhaul, consider a fresh coat of paint on lower cabinets or highlight an island with a different color. This will add some visual interest and a layer of detail, especially when the primary cabinet color is white and you use a deeper color on an island, desk area or banquette.

Go for the Bold

In an open floor plan, the best kitchen palette complements colors in adjoining living areas for eye-pleasing color continuity. Since wall space is more limited, choose a color option that will complement not only the kitchen, but also adjoining rooms. Need more inspiration? Pull a color you like from your countertop, backsplash or even a favorite upholstery fabric for a paint color that will visually link the two spaces.

Sprinkle on Color

Use this designer tip to add some visual spice to a kitchen filled with neutral countertops and cabinets: Paint one element with a strong, contrasting color. Because of its central location, a dramatic kitchen island can bring a room into focus. Or define one of the activity areas, like a breakfast nook or work area, with paint color. Choose paints with a subtle sheen to enhance the effect such as an eggshell finish.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


Snow Blower Safety

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 28, 2020
Monnick Supply - Snow Blower Safety

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious damage to their fingers or hands due to the improper handling of snow blowers. Most commonly, the tips of the fingers need to be amputated, so preventing the injury initially is key.

Injuries usually occur when the snow is heavy, wet, or has accumulated several inches. The snow clogs the exit chute of the machine, and the person using the machine tries to unclog this using his/her hand. Unfortunately, the blades still can rotate when the machine is off, and these cut whatever is in their path.

Stay safe this season with these snow blower safety tips:

How to Keep Your Snow Blower from Clogging

  • Work at a brisk pace. The faster the blades and pace, the less likely the snow will stick.
  • If heavy, wet snow is anticipated, consider snow blowing several times during the snowfall.
  • Some people spray the blades and chute with cooking oil spray. This may help.

If Your Snow Blower Clogs

  • Turn it OFF!
  • Disengage the clutch.
  • Wait five seconds after shutting the machine off to allow the impeller blades to stop rotating.
  • ALWAYS use a stick or broom handle to clear the impacted snow.
  • NEVER put your hand down the chute or around the blades.
  • Keep all shields in place. DO NOT REMOVE the safety devices on the machine.
  • Keep your hands and feet away from all moving parts.


  • Stay focused while snow blowing.
  • Wear boots with traction to avoid slipping.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use narcotics before using your snow blower!
  • When being moved or picked up, snow blower should be turned off, spark plug disconnected, and unplugged. Do not try to lift the machine from the bottom, even if it’s not running. The blades are sharp enough to cause serious injury.
  • Never allow children to operate or be near the machine while in use.
  • If you suffer a snow blower injury, seek medical attention immediately, even for seemingly small injuries.

Warm Holiday Greetings To You All

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 21, 2020
Happy Holidays From Monnick Supply

Warm Holiday greetings to you all. We write this note to you with joyous confidence that 2021 will bring happier, healthy, and more profitable days to us all! That wish is certainly a cause for optimistic celebration this Holiday season.

Our Holiday gift to you is the gift of small business in your community. To be able to buy locally is a true gift to your neighborhood as well as to your family and friends. We hope that everyone reading this takes a measured effort to buy local to the fullest extent possible, not only during this Holiday season but going forward as well.

Buying local is one of the best gifts you can give to your neighbors and your community. Visit a local restaurant, salon, store, or shop for better relationships and better customer service; but more so you can shake the owner’s hand and wish them the best in 2021 and beyond. That will be a gift for you both. Help make this a joyous holiday for everyone: Give the gift of your business to a local business.

We wish you and your entire family happiness, health, and warmth this Holiday season. Our warmest regards to you all.

We do snow blower repairs!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 18, 2020

Monnick Supply offers snow blower repairs with pickup and delivery available! Please call 508-485-3654 to book today, or click here to contact us today!

Shop Local for Holiday Gifts this Year!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 14, 2020

Boston's businesses have been hit hard this year, and they need our support now more than ever.

Shopping local for the holidays is a great way to alleviate some of the financial losses and hardships our community has faced.

Explore local options when searching for holiday gifts this year.

Head into Monnick Supply in Framingham and Marlborough for more holiday gift ideas.

Shopping Local During the Holiday Season has Ripple Effects

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 07, 2020

The weeks after Thanksgiving are traditionally the busiest shopping days of the year. Last year, a record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped the five-day period from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of 14% over 2018, according to the National Retail Federation.

Shoppers in 2020 are expected to spend more, with Kiplinger’s forecasting a 29% increase in e-commerce compared to 2019 and a 5% bump in in-store sales. Yet those predictions are triggering concern that consumers will end up spending millions at national or international businesses to the detriment of local businesses struggling to keep up amid the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Retailers see 20% of their annual sales in November and December. In this unique and challenging year, holiday sales are even more critical for many small businesses. After months of outright shutdowns and dwindling business and increased operating costs, these retailers are counting on consumers to truly #ShopLocal.

While the pandemic has been hard on everyone, restaurants and local retail shops have been particularly hard hit.

Buying from smaller, local businesses has benefits beyond just that individual business. Studies show that when you buy from a locally owned store, significantly more of your money is then used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, thus multiplying the impact your dollar has within the community.

And local spending generates sales tax revenue that stays in our community, supports our local schools, and helps keep and create jobs.

In fact, a recent report found that from 2012 to 2019, 60% of all new jobs created were created by businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Over the past five years, total employment for all businesses increased by 1.8%.

Small businesses have worked tirelessly to adapt to the demands of the pandemic. Many have also increased their capacity for online sales and shipping. If you feel the same way we do about supporting local businesses and our local economy, consider taking the time to shop local, whether in-person or online.

Help make this a joyous holiday for everyone: Give the gift of your business to a local business.

For more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


Snow Blower Tune-Up Tips

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 30, 2020
Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA

Every year, winter arrives sooner than expected for many homeowners, so before the snow starts to accumulate this year, we would like to encourage snow blower operators to tune-up their equipment to ensure their machine starts when needed most.

While it is recommended that operators change their snow blower's oil and add fuel stabilizer to their fuel can at the start of every season, an annual tune-up doesn't stop there. Operators also should change the spark plugs after every 100 hours of use. If your engine isn't turning over, a faulty spark plug could be to blame. As a quick, inexpensive fix, catching and replacing a bad spark plug, before the snow is piled on your driveway, can save you time and frustration.

Outside of the engine, there are several small recommended check-ups to help ensure equipment works harder and longer. Checking and replacing shear pins, lubricating bearings, checking the controls, testing chute rotation, cable and belt adjustment and checking the tire pressure keeps your snow blower running efficiently and effectively. Operators should also take a look at their machine's skid shoes and scraper bar. The "shoes" help maintain optimal performance, preventing unsightly damage to your pavement, and protecting your machine.

A preseason snow blower tune-up can save time and stress all winter long. If snow blowers don't work when you need them to, that can mean big problems for when your family is trying to get out the door on a snowy morning. Annual tune-ups also help protect the investment you've made in your equipment.

For more information on servicing your snow blower, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.

Thanksgiving Reflections from Our Team to Yours

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 23, 2020
Thanksgiving Reflections from Our Team to Yours

We have all been challenged this year. But, never have we felt closer to our family, staff, customers, and vendors. For this we can give Thanks. The Covid-19 pandemic challenged our business as it did each and every business across our great nation. But, we would like to share with you the positives that came out of this experience.

Our families, our staff, our customers, and our vendors all remind us of the blessing it is to own and operate. The support that you have all provided, and continue to provide, during one of the most troubling and challenging times in American history is nothing short of humbling. That we in our own way returned some of that support to you has us arriving this Thanksgiving season with a deeper appreciation for our relationship with you. We move forward with an extraordinary focus to ensure that the quality of our service meets your needs, expectations, and earns your continued and highly valued trust. We do this with confidence that, together, we all will make it through the unique challenges that lay ahead.

In many ways we have more to be thankful for this year than ever before. This Thanksgiving season, we continue to reflect, recognize, give thanks, and be warmed by you all. As always, we invite you to contact us anytime with ideas, questions, and/or concerns. Thank you, and sincere "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes to you all!

How to Select the Right STIHL Leaf Blower

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

If you're thinking about purchasing a STIHL blower for work around your home but you're not sure which one to choose, the STIHL How To Series gives some helpful tips to consider when making your selection.

In this video, STIHL experts give some helpful tips to consider when selecting the right STIHL Leaf Blower for your needs. There are four major questions to ask yourself when making your choice: the size of your property, the materials you will be clearing, the question of noise and any special features that you may desire.

For even more information, contact Monnick Supply in Marlborough and Framingham, MA.


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