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`r\antcd to make feal ly good
use or the natural light. Por conti
nuity \e painted all the\ils
i n the main rooms the !ame color.
It's a soft, milky white, with no
yellO or pink or blue in it. And
not a bright white, which can
sometimes be a little too harsh."
SJA SC"QlIOE
PRAT& LAMBLR
SILVER LINING 3232
NeuLrals
These are the colors most of us want to come home to.
Whites, an entire rainbow of them. Off-whites, cozier
and creamier than ever, thanks to new and better paints.
And a whole new world of neutrals that turn up the
volume with just a hint of color-beautiful, interesting,
yet still so easy to live with.
IN THIS CHAPTER:
THE BESTWHITE
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25 COLORFUL NEUTRALS
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TI I F . BF .ST \\,I I i TF .
"I f you have a wa 11 wil h
a bow in it ora floor that
has settled, this will
make an old room feci
graceful rathcrthan
b!and new. It has morc
pigment and therefore
more character."
PETERPEHHOYR
lARROWBALL
5TRONGWHlL2DD1
"It's the classic formula.
Linen White looks as if it's
been on the wall a long
time, which works very
well with old English and
French furniture. But it
can be a little too yellow, so
I usually cool it down with
Decorators White to make
something a bit lighter and
more sophisticated."
KElTHlRVlNE
BNJAMlN MOOR
LlHENWHlE912
DLCORAOR5WHlTL
If you've ever tried to pick a white paint,
you know there's such a thing as too
much choice. We asked the experts, and
they di dn' t hesitate.
"Eleryt hing looks good
against a Irue, clear. eye
chilling, freezing-cold
while.II'S l ikca snow
blizzard, or Aocot,ur
Huck Finn'swhitcfcnce,
or marshmallows, or
sugar. A nythi ng placed
against that background
project s Ii kc Tth n iolor."
MURRAYh1O55
BLNJAMlNMOORE
5UFLRWHlTL
"You can seecvery color
in it-it'sacharc1eon
that changes with
natura I light. Anything
),011 put ncar it is
comfortable. This wh ite
isgoingtobc wilh me
for Ihe rest of my lire.
MARlETTEHIME5GOME2
DOHALDAUlMANCOLOR
DKC51
"II'S tough loget a crisp
lookwilhout bcing cold.
That's where Ivory
White does thetrick. It's
also the moSI flexible
wh ite J 've come across
and works with any
color. I'll often carry il
through frm rOOI11 10
room on I he I rim."
THOh1A5PHEA5ANT
BENJAM!HMOORL
lVOFYWHlL926
MI never paint every wall
in a room the samecolor.
light hits each wall i n a
different way, so Ihave
toadjust the shade. It's
usually white, out not une
white. All White isa pure
white, Puinting hasa little
ocher, Slipper Satin has
more gray. and between
the tl J can usually get
what I wnt. Befure I start
mixing. I'll check the
room at different times
of day. One oft he most
important things is how the
shadows fall. That can be
the mo;t beautiful ofal1.
RO5ETAR,OW
FARROW3SA,L
ALLWHlTE26
POlNlNG2DD3
5LlFPER5ATlN2CC4
"It comes across as white
white, yet it's soft rather
Ihan harsh-and unerly
nellt ral. which works
well with art."
FREDERlEKETAYLOR
BLNJAMlNMOORE
DLCOFATOF5WHlTL
"You don't wanl a highly
reflective wall surface if
you're going tu be
hanging a lot of art.
China White is a very
subt Ie off-wh ite with a
gray tone that helps the
workslandOUI."
RlCHARDGLUCKMAH
BENJAMlHMUURL
CHlNAWHlL
"Iput it on every cei ling
in myhousc.lt'saclean,
crisp white that hasa
litt Ie bit of warmth in it,
which gives it more
depth and dimension.
I usc iton moldings for
conlrast."
KELYWEAR5T,ER
PRALAMBER
5LLDFLARL27-32
"This color looks great
everywhere. It's a
crcamy, buttery white
that my father [dt-ora
tor Mark Hampton]
liked to usc, out I'm
even moreobscssive
about it. Try an eggshell
fnish on the walls to
reflect light. but not
look too glossy."
ALEXAHAMPTON
BLNJAMlNMOORE
lVORYWHlTL925
"When it cures to whites
Ion Iy usc R l Pocket
Watch wh ite. It's suft
and warm but not
cream, and SI ill undeni
ablywhite.1I will make
a room luok gmcious
and young at the same
time."
JONATHAHADLR
RALPHLAURENPAIN
FOCKEWACH WHlTEWWD1
"It has a nice green cast to
it; perfect fora summer
house in a leafy set t ing.
It acts as a bridge to the
outdoors."
THOMA5JAYHE
BEJAMlNMOOE
ACADlAWHlTLAC-4J
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I`vebeenusing
cIIaDonnaaIot.
tt`sasmokIaven-
dergra,thecoIor
ofatviIightsk.|
usedi tonthc
arIor!Ioorofa
brovnstone,andi |
Iookcdhat-out
sohisticated.I`m
inthebedroomof
mcountryhoitsc
rightnov,vhichis
aintedthiscoIor.
cIIaDonnai sa
sex,aduItcoIoi,
but i tcangoa IotoI
dffcrcntvas"
DDALLEH
C2PAlN3
BELLADONNAC2-3J6
"When in doubt, linen
White. You can phone
that in. II mightsccm
I ike a cop-out, but it
works beautifully. 1 1Lse
it when people are
unsurc.Thcywant
something light and
ai ry, but not stark wh ite.
No matter what light you
put it in, il looksgood.
MATTHEWPATRlCK5MYTH
BEJAMlMOORL
LlEWHlTLJ2

_:;:;. room
i I Coconut
skin, a decp mocha
brown with some milk
in iLn'S cozy and
comfortingwithout
beingkidsy: grounding
with pastels, weighty
wit h bright colors. Even
with a runky, kitschy
color like lime green,
you'vc got an elegant
combination."
MARYMCDONALD
DUHH-EDWARD5
COLOHU5KlHDEJD56
Which neutrals do interior designers
always keep coming back to? Here are
the colors that experience has taught
them to trust.
"I'll doent ire houses in
"ushroom, which is
pretty darned fabulous.
tl 's a beige, bul it eha ngcs
drastically-one minute
it's putty utd the ,lcxt, it's
rosier. Chameleon-like
and mysterious, it takes
on the propcrtiesor
thecolorsaround it. You
wanllo putyourhand
out and touch thewall
because it doesn't
look solid. H's almost
cloudlike."
ELLEH KENHOH
FULL5PELRUM PAlT5
MU5HROOM
My standby is Gmnt Heige.
H's like a ravorite puiror
worn khu kis. It works
wilh modern spaces and
traditional ones. fares
equal!ywell wilh Iheligh\
of Texas or the East Coast.
Iryou wanl lo keep your
pa k ite dean with whites,
creams, and acccnts of
black, it becomes very
architectuml. oryou can
wal'm it upwit h son reds,
blucs, and grecns,"
CHRl5TOPHERRlOOLFl
BENJAMlNMOORL
GRAHElGEHC-83
"1 10vc grayish blue as
a backdrop-I he blue of
a washed-out sky just
after a storm has passed.
I'm sitting here in my
offce right now with
this color on the wa lis.
I havtswedish painted
grayish-blue chairs, an
ISth-centl ry mahogany
desk,a shiny modern
chrome lamp, a painting
done in black oils by
a friend, and bright red
curtains! Almost
anything looks great
with this blue. That's
what neutrals are all
about, aren't they;'''
CHRl5TOPHERMAYA
BENJAM!NMOORL
GLA666LlPPLR1632
,. Khaki and celadon arc
my picks. These arc
colors, but they're st i II
very neutral in their
integrity. Each one is
softly beautiful. They
don't scream. Theydon't
dictate-you can put
them with any thing."
M A RlETTEHlME5GOME2
FARROW&BALL
5TRlNGB
FARROW&BALL
GREHGROUHD2C6
"The most enduring color
['vefound is BCIamin
Moore's I'apaya, which
looks like homemade
vanilla icecrcamwith
a littlecaramcl in it. hly
wholeapartmeru is
Papaya! J love it with the
blues. greens. and blue
greens ofthe sea and sky,
and with various soft
warm pinks. There's
nothing edgy about it,
which suits me fine. [ like
pretty furniture, pretty
people, pretty books,
pretty music, and [ like
a I'm to be beautiful."
GERRlEB9EMRMAHN
BLHJAMlNMOORE
PAFAY\957
"[ always come back to
Horizon, a pale gray
that doesn't turn blucor
green on you. It 's a
sophisticated, perfect
background t050 many
interiors, Blues,of course,
look beauTiful against
this gray, but soda pinks,
lavenders, and the legs of
sofas and chairs that
have been stained a d rift
wood color."
6TEVEHGAMBREL
BEHJAMlNMOORE
HORlZOH147b
"','q"i'" is a fMtering
light moss green without
much yellow, I love it
because it doesn't shout
'I'mgreen!' [tsays, '['m
a vcry beaut iful color.'''
JEHHlFRG ARRlGUE5
BEHJAMlHMOORL
ML5OUlTL5DJ
"I use spri ng green as a
neutral. It's the colorof
buds and bulbs popping
oul of the ground afer
a long winter-a rcassur
ingcolor, great in a
bedroom. Thecoolncss
is Therapeutic."
JEFFREYBlLHUBER
BENJAMlHh\OORL
FALLVl5TA2D296D
tt`scalIedVenge and
it`sfromenamin
Moore'sAfhnityIine.
It'sarichbIackish
brovn,thecoIorof
thatbitterchocoIate
vith7O/cacaothat
everyone`scaIIing
heaIthfoodnov.
AneutralshouIdget
aIongvithevery
coIorinthefandeck,
andthisoneisIike
thenicestgirInthe
sixthgrade.ttgoes
vithsiIverygreens.
|tIooksbeautiful
vithcreamyyeIIovs.
ItisvonderfuIvith
red.Andifyou`re
reaIIyhavingacoIor
moodsving,it viII
suotliIac."
ALLORYMAR5HALL
BLHJAMlHMOORE
WENGEAF-J8O
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Some colors are so gentle, you can use
them the way you'd use neutrals. You'll be
surprised: They go with everything .

"Lavender is the ncw beige. From lilac to
amethyst, it's an extraordinary neutral
and a great unifer- a soothing, peaceful
col or that is timeless. It used to be there
\vere 10 arguments with beige, but
suddenly beige seems old-fashioned.
Lavender is a morc up-to-date staple, and
like beige, everything looks great with it."
JEFFREYB1LHUBER,BENJAMlHMOORE,PEACEANDHAPP1NE55 138C
"['II be stoned for saying terra
cotta-it sounds like such
an '80S and early 'goseolor,
back when everyone had that
fnux-Tusenn moment of
using Mexican pavers and
spongingthewalls, But [have
Oflcreally excellent color.
The bcnutiful thing about it
islhat it isearthen and Old
Wurldy, but itean work in a
moderselting,and it looks
great with really dark floors
or pa Ie, washed-out oak."
KEHFULK,lP'SPRFECCOLOR5
ADOBEPPC-Ub
"It`soneO|t hose
e|usivenon-coIrs
thatrcmindsmcof
thctmcbctvccn
morningdevand
sunrisea[C:CC!
marriagcbctwcn
khakigrccnandaIc
bIue.Vhatev:room
ouutitin,it
crcatcsaca!m,
scrcncmood."
DARRYLCARTER.BENJAMlNMOORE,
LOOKOUPOlN16S
"|like very pale teal. It's
a nice background for
highl y textured
washed-out beige
textiles, and together
they make a kind of
faded beach story,
pul l i ng together the
greens of the earth,
the grays of the sky,
and the blue-greens
of the water."
5TEVEHGAMBREL
BENJAMlNMOORE,5EA5TA2123-3D
"Anywhere you're going to use
white, consider pastel pin k
instead-for wa 115, cei lings,
furniture, lampshades, and
evcn t he mats you use to frame
art. Then paint your floors
pastel pink! You cnn't belic'le
how many colors look great with
it. It's feminine, and I like
1 hi ngs t hat arc really reminine.
wh3t people don't realize is Ihal
you can also make il masculine
by adding deep, rich saturated
hues to your color scheme
chocolate brown, dark gray,
navy, oreggplallt,"
MARYMcDONALDBENJAMlNMOOR
ROMANTlCflNK2U4-7D
"One ufmy favorite no-brainers
is called Honied White. I t
looks I ike white with sunlight
in iI, Youean usc il with
saturated eoloTs aT the airiest
whitesnndereams.nnd it
works from the East Coast to
the Wcst-no mnltcfwhal
the I ight is, it never I urns
funnyculurs. It adds sunshine
and sparkle to dark, dreary
rooms. What more could you
askofpaintf"
JENNlFERGARRJGUE5SHERWlN-
WlLLlAM5,HONlEDWHlE5W71D
"Chocolale brown setl les a
room and receives creams,
reds, ycllows, and blues beauti
fully. If you have insipid archi
tect ure, you should den nilely
consider it because walls fade
away and everylhingyou put
againstt hem shows belter."or
instant personality, put up
some wai nscoting, paint the
bottom halrPratl 8 Lambert's
Pearly Gates and thc lop half a
gorgeous malte chocolate
brown, along wit h I he ceiling."
HAHCYBRAlTHWAlTE,BEHJAMlN
MOOE.VANBUREHBROWNHC-7
" Wejust gOlback from
Avignon, France, where
t couldn 'I help nOI icing thaI
in ali i he chic restaurants
and shops, c'Icryt hing is
painted whall call Avignon
taupe-t hal faxy nal ural
color that's a lillie on the gray
side. And everyone uses
those wonderful coarse
Ii nens Ihat arc so natura 1-
looking. Of course Ihis raw
Ii nen color looks great with
white and off-white,"
GERRlEBREMERMANH,BENJAMlN
MOORE,RACCOONHOLLOW37b
"I n the intense light of
Palm Beach, real colors
make great neutrals, but
colors that are quieted
down. I like pale coral
for a Jiving room. It looks
great with aqua, rattan,
and bamboo. While it's
true we have different
color rules here, it could
work in smaller amounts
for someone in any
city who wanted to be
a bit daring."
JACKYOUHG,BENJAMlNMOOE
CORAL5PlCE217D-4

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" I\enjamin Moore's BearCreek
isa mysterious, warm sort of
aubergine that's great for
paintingcxposed steel strue
t ural clements. !got it directly
from the painter Irancesco
Clemente. We're designing
his st udio. All the doors,
winduw frames. rilings, and
steel struclureare painted
BearCn
.
.'ek, with a concrett
floorand pale green
cement board wlllIsvery
beautiful:'
RlCHARDGLUCKMAH,8EN1AMlH
MOORE,BEARCREEK147
"I l ove pearl gray for
a foyer, bedroom,or
hallway-anywhere
you want a sense of
intimacy.lfthcre's
a big white space
with a niche, I would
paint only the niche
this soft gray. I
always like shadowy,
mercurial colors that
play up the mysteries
of architecture."
'lCENTEWOLF,BENJAMJNMOORE
GRAYTlNT16JJ
"Navy blue is a fabulous
neutral. |recently did a
dining room with these
dark blueberry walls,
a chocolate brown rug,
gold curtains, a mahog
any table, and chairs
upholstered in burgundy.
It's beautiful with pink
as well. Navy makes
a great, sexy evening
room-after all, it's the
color of night."
OOALLEH,C2PAlH. 5ORLERERC2-32
"Ocher feels like a neutral to
me-a deep, t:H! hy yellow
that remindsmeofsouthern
lIaly and Turkey. II looks
good with other earthy colors,
like terracutla ur grayblue,
and it is really beautiful with
lilac, limt gretn. and auber
gine. Ieople don'tlLseocher
su much in th is counl ry, They
look at it and say, 'Oh no, I
couldn't possibly; thinking
it's too mlLeh color. BUl l he
cart hiereolors. because
I hey'rt from nat urt, can be
really relaxing."
5ARABENGUR,DOHALDKAUFMAN
COLOR.DKC-2O
"I love Fllrruw 8 Ba II's Cooking
Apple Green. It has gray in it,
but there's still brightness
wit h in. To me it louks great
with all metal finishes
bronze, wrought iron, nickel.
Ijust uscd il as theeolorof
walls. I rim. a nd everyl hing i n
the great room of a New
England brn. This ruum
louks onto an expansive green
lawn and duwn tu the ocean.
and Ihe walls just pull
all thegreensoutofthe
landscape.
CHRl53OPHERRlDOL 5l,FARROW&
BALL.LOOKlNGAPPLEGREEH32
"Green is the great neutral.
ail lheway from pund scum
to soft sageor palecdery.
I recently moved intoa new
house surrounded by green
ery.and whtn I was thinking
of what color Imight use for
a drapery lining. it came tu
me to reflect I he green I hat is
presentyearruund right
outside that window. U
immediately shifted from
being a decorat ive idea to
an integrated one, and
I likt lowurk in Ihal way.
BARBARABARRY,DONALD KAUFMAN
COLOR,UKL8
"Try light blueon yourwalls.
It works well for bedrooms.
balhrooms, and espl'ially
work spaces, because it'sa
powerful yel gtnl lt media
tor. bringing calm toall
that clutier. Tume. Ihe must
diplomaticshadeofall is
FarruwS Ball 2V,which
approximates the color
uflaktwater. Neut mlsdun't
need to go awaythey
simply need tusootheand
anchor a room."
5U5ANFERR1ER,FARROW48ALL
LlGHBLUE22
"It' s not for the fai nt
of-heart, but orange is
a wonderful neutral . It
can' t be a washed-out
orange-it has to be a
color you'd want to lick,
which is why the good
oranges are always
called Salsa or Punch.
For it to work, you have
to be just a little bit
afraid of your orange
before you paint."
MALLORYMAR5HALL,5HERWlN-
WlLLlAM5,DEERMlNEOORANGE5W663S
"Wejust finished decorat ing a
bunga low where we st ruggled
picking paint colors bccause
the owner had just stripped
all the wood trim and didn't
want to paint it. A II the colors
we picked changed totally i n
the presence of that orangey
light brown wooo. A contrac
tor finally told us about Benja.
min Moore's Novt:mberJtain
it's a puttyeolor, warm but not
too warm. and it looked great
everywhere we put it."
5HARONEE|HHORH&HONEY
WOLTER5,8HJAMlHMOORE
NOVLM8LRRAIN2J42-6D
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EUROPE.LP-16
"It 'scharcoll, but [ think ofil as
wet stone, wet cement. oreven
soot. It'sa fabulous color for
trim-they use it in French and
Jnglish houses all the time. It's
also a grcat, organiceolor for
a powder room orde!l. Ina
kitchen, if you paint thewalls
and cabinets thiscolorand usc
a lot ofmirrors, you'd have
a very rich. townhousey, sexy
alterative tothe allwhite
kitehen.l/a client would let me
besodaring, I'd cven usc it in
a living room with lots of rich,
beautiful white linens."
MYRAHOEFER,FARROW&BALL
DOWHPlPE2
"Red has always been a neutral
for me, I like it somewhere
bet ween claret and fire
engine, so it's really red, but
with a slight bit orbrown to it.
It'seozy, glowing, and sexy,
I'm using it now in a master
bath. paired with white
Vermont marble with gray
beige veini ng. '[\enty years
ago, everyone was using red,
but it was moreofa historic
house red. Now you can put
bright white. turquoise, or
let t uce green wit h it, and it
looks very fresh."
GARYMcBOURNIE.BEHJAMINMOORE
REDPARROT 13C8
"Uuttercream is my favorite
unexpected neutral. It's
innately uplif ing because
it's the eolorof sunshine-an
antidepressant with no side
effects! But very pale yellow
a Iso soot hes and looks great
with rich,darkwoods, blues
and greens. A beautiful
purple iris in front ofa yellow
wall is gorgeous. Pewter,
black, brown, orange
there's not a single color that
doesn't workwith it."
ELLHKEHNOH,FULL5PECTRUM
PAlH5, BUTLRCREAM
"Lately I've been using a
whole seriesof grays.
everything from steel to
a warm French gray. These
arc beautifully serene
backdrops foreverything
flowers, books, art. fabrics,
or people. [ like bordering
gray with white trim,
white fabrics, and white
furniture. Sometimes
I pop a little red here and
there.llut you want \0 be
careful when picking your
gray-nothing \00 sad,
eold,ordingy."
MATTHEWPATRICK5MYTH
BEHJAMlNMOORE
WICKHAMGRAYHC-1?1
"t:or me, a neutral is a concept
ratherthan a color. Anyeolor,
including red and blue, can
bea neutral ifit is grayed off
with a touch of black and
used all avera room, without
any at her{'Olor interrupting
iLl particularly love greens
as neutrals: moss, sage,
stone, hunter. Whateverthe
shade, I like to use many
different tones,"
5TEPHEH5lLL5,8EHJAM!NMOORE
5TONLHARBOR2'1J-6U
"I've always used what
I call gardenia-leaf
_ccn.Put it on the
walls and then bounce
two other colors off it,
like sky blue and coral
pink. Fresh greens
HCvCmoss or sage
end up in virtually every
room I put together,
cvc| ifit's just a _cc|
pil low or a cut leafin
a glass jar."
TOM5CHEERER,PRATT&LAMERT
DEEPJHGLE2117
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" Ihe frst words out of my client's
mouth were ' I love the color
purple.' Such an exotic, unusual
place to start! She has a romantic
soul. She wears clothes with great
silhouettes and really fun modern
jewelry from Africa OJ France. She
loves Pucci, painted furniture,
and parties. This purple is a beau
tiful backdrop. Any flmvers look
great against it-and so do people."
HAL WILLIAMSON
BENJAMIN MOORE
5EAFROH1C7-6O
Color bv color
Choosing a color is always fun; if only getting it right
were as easy. Paint is full of surprises. Color intensifes
on walls (except when it doesn't). Color changes at
night (except when it doesn't). This chapter should help.
The color you want is almost certainly here, with years
of experience behind it.
IN THIS CHAPTER:
THE BEST BLUE
THE EDGE OF BLUE
THE BEST PURPLE
THE BEST PI NK
THE BEST RED
THE BEST ORANGE
THE BEST BROWN
THE BEST GREEN
THE TRI CKIEST COLORS
COLOR BY COLOR
" This isan intense
ISth-century blue-green
with a great history,
They used to make it by
pouringacids on cupper
and usingthevcrdigris
as \ he pigment for the
paint. A living room
wuuld be killer with this
on thewalls, dead-white
trim, and mahuganyor
black-painted furniture.
I'm fair-haired and
blue-eyed, and we go for
these incredibly sharp
colors. Youcouldn'\ sell
this toa brown-eyed
person."
RALPHHARVARD
SHERWINWILLIAMS/DlRON.
COLOR5OFHISTORIC
CHARLE5TON
VERDlTETB1UEDCRO78
MThis is the coloror
the sky in Old Master
paint ings, when the
varnish has yellowed. It
has a luminous quality.
You cou ld paint I he
whole room or just the
noor-you'd fcel as if
you were noating. Be
careful about blue in a
north-facing room-it
can gel chilly. And it's
hard to mix morethan
two blues together. They
start to fght."
THOMASJAYNE
BENJAMIN MOOAE
HLAVENLYBLUE7D9
"Blue is my secret agent
color. I'm always sneak
ing it in these days.]
guess it's like a bit of sky
pecking out, which
ma kes everythi ng work.
Blue is lightness and air.
r used to usc white to
lighten things lp, but
now I'm using blue. I t
gives breath to
everything:'
WlLLlAM DlAMOHD
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
SASSY LUE12A1
:-.,-."II those pa Ie
. Whatyuuwant
is an evening blue, an
Yves Klein blue. Deeper
lhandee]. Yuu s(e it on
Byzantine ccilings, in
Jean f'aul Gaultier's
stripes.lt'sconlcmpla
tivc, !leditat ivc. myste
riuus. When] want tu be
cnveloped, blue is \ he
only color that will doit
formc,"
WHlTNEY5TEWART
C2PAlNT. ELLC1lCC2-275
.-...-...-.. j not too
cold, with a lot of green,
which makes it feel
grounded, Illue is so
regenerative_ There's the
idea of water, renewal.
It's powerful, regal
think of blue bloods, blue
ribbons_And it looks
great wil -most 01 her
colors, especially browns
and camcis and beiges:'
RlCCOHLER
FARROW & BAll
CHlHE5LBLUE9O
From light and airy to deep and
mysterious . . . they're all beautiful.
I
" This bright, pretty
turquoise reminds me
of summers on Lake
Michigan when was
a ch i ld, skippi ng stones
and looking upat lhe
sky, and feeling the sun
on my body. Bluecalms
me and reenergizes
me-just as the ocean
does."
MARKHAMROBERTS
FARKERPAIN
WAER5lDE7573M
" I've never met a blue
I didn't Ii ke, Everyl hing
from I he darkeSl to the
I ighttst-and I h is is in
the middle-with a hint
ofaquinarine. A blue
living room would be
glamoruus. especillily
wilh bOlllegreen sil k
vclvelupholstery llnd a
touch of silver or gold on
a chair, or liebacks for a
curlain. A nd I he wa 115
should be slick, which
gives a room a sparkle.
It can ne\'er be 100
glussy for me:'
JOH1YUNl5
LNJAMlNMOORL
AUUARlU5 768
'"0"' "'" baby blueor
skybille-t likedark.
strong cobalt blue. I t
reminds me of El rope.
in the senseofluxuri
ousness and Ihe privacy
it creates in a room. It
shields you. I'd use it i na
st udy or a library, and
then snap it upwilh
furniture fromlhe '405
or 'sos and a
fauxzebra rug."
ROGERDECABROL
BENJAMIN MOORE
PATRlOTLUL2DA2D
color. lts ccrtainly the
must telegenic. That's
why politicians wear
blue shirts. and why Ihe
White I'ouse pressroom
is blue. It'scoul. It's
calming. tt'sall about
blue skics and fresh air.
This is an el herell hlue,
with a touch of red that
gives it a lavcndereas!.f
loveil with ivoryand
cyclamen pink."
JAMIEORAKE
BENJAMIN MOORL
WlNOMlLLWlNG52OS7-6O
"Blue is tricky. I t can g
gray and sad. But nul
this warm i\lediterra
nean blue. It's the blue
in ail ihosc Pucci prints.
a bright, happy. nota
cloud-in-Ihesky blue,
as if you're in vacat ion
mode and having
lobster and rose at Tetou
on the beach ncar
Cannes. I love it in a
bedroom, where you
could crisp it up with a
navy-and.white st riped
fabric and oncofthose
great Elizabeth Eakins
plaid rugs."
ELJ55ACULLMAN
ENJAMlHMOORE
LULWAvL 2D655D
i i sa pcacock blue,a
\'cry happy, exuberant
blue Ihat would selofT
all the objl.'ts in a room.
I'd usc il in a high-gloss
finish with 10tsoFwhite
moldings. and maybe
pull in marigoldorpuce.
Blue is one of the bct
colors around forcrisp
ness and contrast. A fcr
all. what looks bettcr
than a nava I offcer
in his dress blucsf"
ROB1NBFL
LNJAMlHMOORE
PAODlHGOHBLUE791
"I grew up in a house
that was all
turquoise, and for
years couldn't look
at blue. But this
color is so terrifi
cally pretty and
flled with joy-sort
of like you were
inside a robin's egg
looking out into the
light_ I'd use it in a
bedroom with
whitc lacquered
trim, a four-poster
bed lacquered
white, and crisp
white bcd linens."
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who wanls drama :md
oolfh! It's very strong
andwarm,adccp.
intense jazz-rusicia n
blue that rcminds mcof
NcwOricans andal1
those little islands in
the Caribbean wit h
houses painted this
color. I 'vc used it in a
library wit h sh iny black
doors. touches ofred.
and a leopard carpet."
MlLLYDECBROL
FARROw&BLL
BLUGROUHD21U
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"This is my signature.
go-to blue. It's like a
chameleon, changing
from blue.grayto robin's
eggtogn:cn-blue.
depelldingon the light.
II lets Ihe room decide
whether il's going to
be IIcul ral or brighl,
Tha['s [hc beauly of
it-it's different in every
set [ing. A ml it has real
Slaying power. Once
people [ryil, Ihey lend
to keep it forellcr.
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AHNHALLCOLORO5lGH
BOTUCELLd8
lh<w,'o,, Ilike are very
pureand uncomplicated.
This i sa nice. regular,
all-American. palriotie.
down-to-earth blue.
with nowcird tOiles in
it. It's a happy blue.
I used it in my kitchen,
where it'sa great back
ground foral1 my
antique Spodeehinil
traditional, but still
young. fun. and fresh."
T.YELLROOHOVAH
BLHJMlH1|OO
5TUHHlHGB2
likc aqua blues.
Thcy'reboth calming
and rcfrcshing.and
Iheyalways look so
beautiful with br\11
\\'ood floors and brown
wood furnilure. This
particular shade has the
glamourallddilshof
a Iueci dress and would
be very slyl ish in a n
enl ry foyer, a puwder
room,oreveni
bedroom."
ALEPAPACHRl5TlDl5
BHJ AlNMOORL
BLUETOlLE748
This reminds me of one
oft hose great Engl ish
stately. home sort of
blues, because it's got
a touch of gray in i l and
theypul a 101 of gray
in theiroolors. But here
Ihe gray actually makes
it feel more transparent.
This is a \
'
ery elegant
oolor. I can see it in an
ent ryway with a blaek
and-while marble
floor and touches of
pinkandnavy."
BARCLA UTERA
RALPHLAURNPAlNT
MY5lCRlVER$$21
"I grew up in the
desert in ew
Mexico, and when
llake my childl'cn
homc far a visit, \'e
always say, 'Big
blue sky!' Evcry
where you look is
this clear, pure
blue, right down to
the horizon line.
It's the ultimate
serenity for me.
Ihis paInt color
has the same kind
of clarity. It gives
this sitting room
the mostnatural,
vibrant lighL"
SHAZALYNN CAVlN-WlNFREY
VAL5PAR
5lLLNE557DD5-2
.hee""e' ," trick i n
the book-deep marine
blue in high gloss with
lots ofwhite trim. You
get something crisp and
snappy without hardly
trying and it instantly
connotes that nautical
feel ing. This reads as a
marine blue, not royal
blue or navy. Navy at
night goescomplctely
black, but th is Slays
blue. A nd like any kind
of dark room. it rca lIy
shows offartwork."
TOM 5CHEERER
FlHEPAlH5OfEUROPE
DELl8LUEOD3
'"God knows, [ love blue,
and l love Farrow &
Hall's blues because they
always have thaI little
th ing that's different.
This has a greenish cast,
which warms it upand
keep it from being too
sweet. That's why it
looks so beautiful with
pink, rose, coral, and
red. It doesn't scream
'bedroom': ii'S neutral
enough for a dining
room or a ha Ilway.
CAROLYNEROEHM
FARROW&BALL
LlGHBLUE
'"This reminds me ofa
Tiffany box, and what's
bctterthanTiffanyr It's
like a dear summer sky
wit ha t ingeoftwilight
on the horizon. l would
use it on a porch with
lotsofwicker. lring in
pink, lime green. White,
to keep it fresh. I used it
in a kitchen and it rca lIy
opened it up. It's
a boundless color."
5U5ANZl5E5GREEN
BENJAMlNMOORE
RHYHMANOBLUES758
range doesn't work.
It's got to be either the
palest you can get or
the da rkest, like I his
indigo. It's very Japa
nese, an inky blue-black
thatl'dusei naden
or a bedroom where yuu
want to be really quiet.
I'dthrowi na lotuf
natura I linens. and
m3ybe sume paleyelluw
or mint green."
LAURABOHN
BEHJAMlNMOORE
NLWBURYPORLULH-165
"wh31 Virginia girl
wouldn't lo\
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town Bluer I n certain
lights, it's blue; in
others, it has a haze of
green. lis speet rum
includes aquamarine,
robin'segg, and faded
I'russian blue. It's Iate
mixed with fog. And it's
recept ive toa range of
part ners, I ike Verunese
gold, Chinese red, and
cantaloupe. You can
decorate with it. You can
wear it. It's the perfect
color for an evening
dress, or a mass of beads,
ur a brocade mule, and,
and. and . . .
CHARLOTTEMOS5
BENJAMlNMOORE
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COLOR BY COLOR
k'l1JC kncejCl'k reaction
to lavender is that it's
too feri nine, too pastel.
Bul t his is the most
un-gi rly color. It's very
complex. It has notcsof
silver. and tht reds and
blues arc fnely
ba lnllccd, so it reads
both warm and cool and
llt imately aCIS as a very
unCKpccted neutral.
The effect is extremely
at mospheric-thi nk of
one of those overcast
daysa\ the beach. I I has
the ability todiffusc
t he corners and edges of
a room and make
the space feel larger."
5COTTflAX
DOHALD AUlAN COLOR
DKC-36
people arc afraid
ofaubcrginc because
it's dark. but it's rca lly
incredibly easy to usc
because it has blue and
red and green-even
yellow-embedded in it,
and yuu can pull any uf
thcmouL lt would look
vcry nuvel and ncwwith
celadon. Iright wh ite
trim would make it
more intense and gille it
that Dorothy Draper
eS(ue tlegeney f
ee
li
ng.
"
DARREN HENAULT
lARROW& BALL
R!NJAL222
" lh;, ;, i;,'" midnight
sky. It has a sense of
mystery and a bit ofsexi
ness. Howdocs it make
me /cel' Rich. Purple has
always been associated
with royalty. Cleupatra
had purple silk sails
on her barge. I'm tired
ofbeige-on-bcige. r crave
something mure excit
ing. Try it in an enl ryway,
with silver tea paperon
the ceiling.'
ERie LVSOAHL
ENJAMlHMOORL
GALAXY2117-2U
'"I'm in the mood forlhis
kind of happy, soothi ng
colur. II's the palest of
I he pale lavenders-
a pctallycolor, a flower
color. J Ihink it's very
pure and fresh. I'd use
it i na bedroom, where
you could mix itup
with everylhing frum
mirrored furniture to
pale wood furniture
todark mahogany."
lAURABOHN
PlT58URGHPAlNT5
ORCH!DPLTAL4AJ-J
' I theculurofaspring
crocus. Bold, but not too
sweet. That litlle bit uf
black in it keeps it from
being too Easlcrcgg-y.
I'd love losee this in a
bedroom ora library
wit h a light Ch ristian
Diorgrayon the trim.
Thegraymakesil more
sophisticated, and
grounds it,sowedn'l
gQoffintoair-fairy
land."
AM .. HD AHl5BET
ENJ A MlHMOORL
5HUGGLEPU551Ub
It's rayal. lt's papal. It's eccentric. It's
feminine. Most likely you either love
it or hate it. But you can't argue:
Purple is looking very good right now.
"I '\ a I Iocd
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cUltI',articuIarly
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issosubdued,it
worksveIIWith
ustaboutan
rintedfabric.lt`s
a Isoagrcatback-
drolo ait`'
KlGlLHOOL
CALlFORNlAFAlNT5
fADEDLlLAC7A9UW
saint Laurenl's
I'aris apart ment before
it wasdismantled for
the Christ ie's sale, and
it was unbelievable.
Lifechanging. The
music room had these
dark aubergine
lacquered walls and
ceili ng (imagine the
decades of pal' ties and
cigarette smoke) mixed
with Claude lalanne
mirrors and Art Deco
lamps and 19305
hammered metal vases.
So sophist icated and
fabulous. When I came
back. [just had to usc
aubergine, in high gloss
for t hat sat iny glow."
FRANK DE BlA5l
BENJAMIN OORL
DARK PURPl 2073-10
a little bit of mauve
coring through a kind
oftaupe, with very warm
undertones. tt's muted,
but it doesn't go away.
It's not a wishy-washy
color. I might usc it with
3 very pale taupe trim
and dark mahogany
bruwn baseboards. This
i a culor for a room
where)ou want tuget
cuzy. Snow can be
fall ingoutside and
you'd still feel warm."
SUZANNE RHElNSTElN
FARROW&BAll
DLAU5ALON 2
an overly ripceggplanL
It hovers somewhere
between brown and
purple. ll'seomplexand
sultry,yet somehow
subtle atlhe same time_
It would look great with
crisp. cool whites. grays.
or medium shadesuf
green, as well as lightly
stained orcerused woods.
Try it in an ent ry hall,
library. puwderroom,or
mudroom. There is a real
warmth to this shade."
SHEilA BRIDGES
FARROW & BAll.PRT 25
My grandmother had an
ent ire garden full of
purple lilacs, and when I
seethiscolor, I can
almost smell that
fragrance again. This is
a veiled I ilac. which
takes it down a notch.
Sume uflhe brightness
is sapped out, so it
blends well with othtr
colors-pale gray, pcri
winkle, graygretn. suft
wh ite, deep gray-brown.
I'd love tusce it i n a
dining room with lots
of windows. soyou get
that playoflighL"
SUSANFERRlER
BENJAMlNOORE
5ANCUARYAFb2D
This very pa Ie lavender
rem inds me of wisteria
and wintersunsds.
It'sjllst so pretty and
serene. The react ion you
get depends on how YOI
use it. [t can look lovely
and old-rashioned with
chintz, orvery hip with
orange. I saw it ill a
living room last night.
lacquered to bringout
t he colora little more
lld make il shimmer."
LYNNMORGAN
RALPH lAUREN PAINT
MAJOREllE BLUE GH05
``\VhenIhear the
vod`uIe,'
Iorist|eaoit,out
thisisaet
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tt'sIikeaPinot^oi:.
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fuIinanig!ttine
roon,naoe
anedi aroonor
aIioary.I see
itinahighsheen,
gIovinginthe
IanIght.|tv\ouId
eneIoouand
feeI\ercaIning
andeacefuIand
quict."
SUZANNE LOVEll
BENJAMIN MOORE
CAPONATAAF6S0
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TI I F . BF .ST PI .I\
COLOR BY COLOR
"lIy daughter had just
(ome back frum India
when we did her room in
this vibrant. extrava
gant hot pink-thecolor
oh zinnia-withcran
berry and orange
accents. Hcrcousin
walked in and said.
'Wow! Can I sleep in
herd" If'S a passionate
colnr. r think it would be
fabulous i n Hbreakfast
room ora powder room,
in semi- Lfull sheen.
You want that effect of
bright, liquid colol'on
lhcwalL
SUZANNE lOVEll
BeNJAr.IN MOORL
PEONY2D73-3D
MThis is a ballet-slipper
pink with a hint of beige,
which keeps it from
lauld ng too sweet. When
picking a pink. always
go to the top ofthccard
and get the palest
versiun of what you're
drcamingof, becaue
even if it louks subtle on
thechip, it won't be so
subtle on the wall. A nd
watchout-thc brighter
it get, the more child
like it becomes."
ALEXA HAMPTO"
BLHJAMlNMOORL
LOVEAHDHAPPlNL55J131
". Iike using pink in an
unexpected plaee like
a kitchen oran entry
way. It's flattering and
familiar, soft and warm
likeskin. We thinkof
pink as an old lady color.
but it can be very young
ifused the right way
wit h touches of cobalt
blue, red, orange, or
green. rfevtrything
is too pastel-y, it looks
likca nursery."
JACKlETERRELL
VAL5PAR
PARl5PlNKM5O37
.. Pink nil by itselfcan be
perceived as rem inine,
but what you pair it
with makesall the
difference. Think ora
man in a black suit wit h
a pink shirt and t ie, or
ploppi ng a pin k sofa
intoa listless beige
room. ]'in k is suddtnly
daring and electric. The
right shade of pin k can
energize any space."
KELLYWEARSTLER
PRAT&LAMBER
CORALPlNK2-6
So you think pi nk is too sweet for
you? Well, how would you feel about
passionate, daring, flattering,
energizing, soothing, inviting-and
really pleasing to men?
"] Iove pink. It
makes me feel
warm and fuzzy.
Ijust want to
slipona ruFfly
boudoir jacket and
lean back into the
pillows and eat
chocolate. This
pink is very soft
and feminine, but
it's not sticky. Pail'
it with white 01
metallic surfaces
to make it ethereal
and inviting."
PHOEBEHOWARD
5HERWIN-WlLLlAM5
WHlLDOGWOOD5W63Jb
"I like looking at old
fashioned color
schemes, ami t here's a
lotofpink in 18th and
19th-cent ury del"oration.
You sec t his soft pink in
old Sevres porcelain.
It hasa slightly yellow
cast. whieh makes it
warmer and more flat
tering. Everyone looks
good against it."
THOMAS JAYNE
BENJAMIN MOORE
PALE PINK SATIN008
'"I flhere's such a thing
as a masculine pink, Ihis
is iLIt wasJohn Fowler's
favorite and he'donen
usc it indiningroomsor
on a ceiling to cast a rosy
glow. It hasa 101 of
salmon in it. Some pinks
don't mix well with
othercolors,but this
works beautifully wit h
any shade of brown,
olive green, inky blue,
orgray."
BARRV DIXON
FARROW& BALL
FOWLER PINK 99
'"This pa Ie pin k reminds
meofopalsand pearls,
Jean I'lariow and silk
charmeuse, 'New Dawn'
foses and a baby's rosy
checks. Who wouldn't
want a perpetual glow
like thal When il comes
to decorating, it's perfect
with black and white and
every thing in between.
And feal men do like
pink-they just might
not admit il at first!"
CHARLOTTE MOSS
PANTONE 70SC
"I'll often look at the
French mats on old
drawings for ideas.
because t he colors they
used are neverobvious
like this dusty pink.
II has a little yellow and
a bit of brown in it.
II's the color oft he pink
sand in the uahamas.
Very soothing and
restfuL I used it in a
guest bedroom to
convey a senseofpeace
and tranquillity."
ROBIN BELL
SENIUUN MOORE
OLOCOUNTRVOC76
"It 'sjust a whisperof
pink. Very, very pretty
but nol sweet. Those
candysweet pinks arc
not myeupoftea. This
has a teeny bit of brow
in iL lt'soneofthose
dirty colors that look as
if they've been around
for a while, wh ieh I like.
]n a living room, it
would bc"erysmart
with lobaceoand white,
or citrus green, or a very
pale turquoise."
JENNifER GARRIGUES
BENJAMIN MOORE
WfEATBEPRY 209970
"This really docs look like
the insideofa mouse's
ear. It's a good clear
pink I hat has very I itlle
blue in it. so it doesn't
turn cold. Pink is acolor
with a lotofanimation.
There's almost: fey
quality to it. You could
bri ng in apple green
or bachelor button
blue or stay with white,
] once did a living room
in pink and whiteand
beige, like a conch shel1."
LIBBY CAMERON
BENJAMIN MOORE
eAT'S MEOW 1332
" (his is a color
you'd see in Rome.
It's a more
ancient pink with
a lot ofterra-coLta
in it. Think oran
old Italian villa
that has been
baking in the sun
for years. It just
glows. I used it in
thi s li brary in
high gluss
brushed, not
rolled-because
then it glows that
much more."
KATIE RIDDER
FARROW& BAll
REDE"RTH 6A
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TI I F . BF .ST l i F . D
COLOR BY COLOR
"Red isa neutral forme.
Like red nail polish, it's
classic. It goes with
every! hing. 1actually
had that CocoChanci
red laC(UCrnail polish
matched and I painted
the floors urmy living
and dining rooms with
it. They're !hemust fun
floors Ivec\'erhad.
ALISON SPEAR
BENJArIN UOORE
RUYRLD2DDJ-JD
[ ":rIeit ""warm,
i 1 reds to the
historic reds, Vhich a 1
beautifu I but sedate.
This is a daring red,
a real fi rc engine red.
I've used it in a pool.
hOllse bathroom and on
bookcases. It has a
playfulness that
reminds meofa I iltle
red schoolhousc.
RUM1ESOMMERS
FlNLPAlNT5OFLUROPL
TULIP RLD JDDJ
and I i in
dining rooms. r prefer
the warmth of earth
tones to the bluer reds,
wh ich arc trickicr
some make me think of
nail polish. I'm fine with
bluer reds on my toes,
but not neccssarilyon
my walls."
ALEXA HAMPTON
BENJAMJN MOORE
UC5ONRED13CC
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NCDCUyknows EXCllyWD\
red her room was, but we
found a good match in
Benjamin Moore Sangria.
What other color wakes Upa room
so brilliantly? But it can be tricky
choosing the red that's just right.
`AlImy life I've
pursued the
perfect red.
I can never get
painters to
mix it for me.
It's exactly as
ifI'd said, ' (
want Rococo
with a spot of
Gothic in it
and a bit of
Buddhist
temple'-they
have no idea
what I'm
talking about."
UPNPVRLLLND
'"h'""""" has a sl ric
effect, very obvious
brush marks that
appear as it dries. It can
take a drab space and
give it dignity. Paprika
iswarm, welcoming,
and slighlly dramatic
it makes food look great,
people look great,
candlelight lookgrcnt."
JOENYE
FORTOLAPAlNT5
. '"e"" ',"g",d i t has a
historical reference: the
Greek vases. t he palace
at Knos"os, and all that
business. r
love red,
always have, always will.
Eithcryuu likcstcakor
you I ike hamburgers."
DAviD ElSTON
lAROW&BALL
LAZER2J2
r fed.
I like the temperature
ofil: it's a bit cooler. But
a I iltle red goes a long
way. so you ha\'c to
be careful. It's good in
arCllS where you don',
spend much time or in
boring areas that need a
51 rong burst ofcolor.
RODERICK SHADE
BLHJAMlNMOORE
MlLL!OHDOLLARRLD2DD3-JD
every room-it brings
life. like red lipson
a woman. I did an ent ire
library in MerloLlt
looked great."
MARIO BUATTA
BEHJAMlNMOORE
MERLORED2DD-JD
1 I look for Ted.
I want a pure, true red.
I ike the color in the
American flag. Ralph
lauren does absolutely
the best. It's t he essence
of red, that American
classic red. It makes me
think ofboati ng or polo."
5U2ANHEKA5LER
RALFHLAURLN PAlNT
DRL55AGLRLDTH4J
's not too orange, not
too blue-it looks likean
antique red,a Pompeian
red. I used it in a bath
room with white
Cal'rara marble floors
from a monastery. It
made them sing. AI most
everything looks good
with it."
PEHRDUNHAM
FRA&LAMBLR
PAGODARLD5-J6
I love red-it's Illy favor
ite color. Red ra kes me
very happy. Lately I'm
on this anti-completely
neutral kick. 'ou have
to have some seasoning
in your Iooms. Sangria
is a good, universal
donor red-not too blue.
not too orange, not too
dark."
ELISSA CULLMAN
BLHJAMlNMOORE
5AHGRlA2DD-2D
I never goes out of
style. It's full oflife-
a Iways fresh. a Iways fun
to wake uplo. \ego for
reds wit h less blue in
them and more orange
because they're happier
tolivcwith."
WILLIAM DlAMOND
ANTHOYBARATTA
RALPHLAURLHPAlN
LATlCEREO!B67
Estee lauder's Fig lipstick
is a top-selling red, and
we liked the color so much
wewanted it forour walls,
our ceilings. our bookcases
*just about everything.
Red Red Wine by Behr might
make that possible.
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^
TI I F . BF .ST OR\ .CF .
"This is a luxlIriOliS
mastcr bath. \'ith an
18th-ccntury Italian
d rcssi ng ta
b
le,
hi lIow ing clirtains,
a!ld a vicw of Sa n
rr.wcis(o Bay.
I wanted a warm,
dusty apl'icot lor the
\\3 lis. 0,'3 nge can be
romanl it und sexy.
II makes you |tC
l
ike
you'v( jU;1 come in
from the bc:h and
yourskin is glowing.
It looks almost like
a sunset in there.
And at night, with
the sconces und the
In ntcrll I it, it's even
more d rca my."
STEPHEN SHUSEL
BENJAMIN MOOAE
SOFT MARIGOLD 160
, 1 r the pulse
and excites the eye. It
brings back the hue and
the scent ofblood
oranges piled high i n
I he market smlls of
Tuscany. With a blaek
and-white floor and
Benjamin Moore's Linen
White trim. it would be
the perfect foil foran
array ofdrawings.
ARCY ASTERSOH
SYDNEY HARBOUR PAINTCO
BLOODORANGE
Orange doesn't have to look like
a Popsicle. Pick a paint from
one of these top designers and
prepare to be dazzled.
"[ used this in a butler's
pant ry offa dark.
mahogany-pancled
dining room, and the
effect was like putting
a bright sil k handker
chiefin the pocket ofa
man's suit. Very fresh,
elean, a nd energizing.
[ wanted theessenceof
orange. not pumpkin
or terraeotta. which is
aeopout. Orangedci
nit ely creates a sense of
arrival. It draws you in."
PHIllPGOAAIVAN
BENJAMIN OOAE
CALYP5OORANGE 2015-30
This is a pale, pa le
orange. It 's really the
colorofcandlelight, and
it docs the same thing
for yourwalls. [I gives
them a glow. [I will lurn
any room inloa lighl
box. You could playoff
Ihewarmth with some
cool gray-blues. or if you
want to bumpupthe
volume,bringin
mustard orceladon
green or periwinkle."
CHERYl KATZ
BENJAMIN MOORE
PALE DAFFODIL201760
h
'o""""",1ctorangescare
you. [ rclyon it topunch
upa dreary corner. I'aint
this warm, briekyorange
on the insideofa book
case and it will add WleK
pt.led depth loa small
spaccormakea big room
seem more intimate.
Oneofthemost fasdnat
ingrooms j'veeverst'n
had ivory walls and a
ceilingpainled this color.
VcrycOty."
JOHN PEIXINHO
BENJAMlNMOORE
AUOUBON RUSSET HC51
in your orange to keep il
from getting tooeireusy.
This reminds meof
saddle leather. ['ve seen
it in t hose great Palm
Desert houscs, with
mideentury modern
furnit lire and a flokati
rug. BUll'djazz it up
with hot pink, apple
green, or peacock blue.
A nd a heavy dose of
while or cocoa brown
would really soften it."
ERINN VAlEHCICH
ACE PAINT
YUMAB216
"Ared OIDIG@room S
perfect ly accept ablc.
so\\hy not OC C Q
persimmon s |In_
1OOH' t'he CUO` ISSU
WIHGO !Zj' IH!it
DKC Syou feci Sif
there's a l1Lin I he
freplace, (\en when
there I5nont. It
t C HIGOSmeofthosc
Hegency period interi
ors. WIlH a 1I lhose
VIVIOcolors inspired
by I H C {xca\ al IOGSat
Pompeii- They say
QC O[C who choose
orange arc Vct self
confdtnt a !lei extro
vcrted. For this lD11,
we borrowed I H C
unusual HGISOfrom
!H C parlorofthe
rhomas En'rard
lOUSC IGColonial
IIHSDUt@,WH C 1C
VRlGISH supp| tedovcr
jOIH` DScpuinI"
COURTNEYCOLEMAN
CALlFORHlAFAlNT5
PUMPhlN
easy to get a great
orange when you're
workingwith skilled
dl"orative painter
doing a mult ilayered
custom glazcjob.l\ut if
you're trying 10 pick a
ready-made color from a
paint deck. I find Ihe
darker, more subdued
shades work best. This
oolor has great impact
without lookinglike
thaI garish NFLor:nge.
I'd use it with h'ory,
black, and brown fora
sophist icated c1assica I
look, or wit h coba It blue,
navy, and white if you
want togu bolder,
younger.
MARKHAMIOIETS
BEN1AMlNMOORE
LORL5BUOCANYON07
MOrange isour gO-locolor,
bausc il makes a room
feci young, fresh, and
modern. We use it where
othcrptoplcmight usc
r:d, I would f really
happy in a room painted
this pretty golden orange,
with Imvy, turquoise, or
pinkaslnaccent. ind I
lo\'e Portola Paints
bl"ause t heil'colm's are
just slightly off, like the
designer colors you're
always tryingto get and
don't often find.M
MlDlBONL5TLE
PORTOLAFAlNT5
5UMMER 5OUA5HO22
"l lovetheorangecolorof
theslucco I grew up with
in thewarm Mediterra
nean sun. There'sa very
soft fingabout it, bul
at the same time ii'S
quite strong. Thisorange
has depth and a touch of
shadow, so il looks as if
it's always i-en Ihere. lI
lends itstlfllery nalu
mlly tobrownsand
grecns and watery
turquoise, Orange is
kind of an underdog in
this country, lI's 1II0re a
ooloroftheEast.
MONAHAlJ
FARROW&B
ORANGERY7U
"This terra-cotta is elrlhy
and elegant-how lIlany
colors can claim that
combinalion It's a
muled brown Ihat goes a
little rosy, which makes
it very warm and flatler,
ing. Darkwoods look
greal against it. and so
docs lrl. I like it dead flal,
with white trim and
black baseboards 10 play
up thaI Grccian U l
thing. Very IridesiJeo{
felisit,
CAREYMA1ONEY
DONALDKAUFMANCOLOR
DKC-35
"Orange is far more
"ersatile than most
pcoplethiuk. You don't
have topul il with
marabou fealhers and
J!Gos furniture, Try il
wit h a Louis X v carved
gill wood consolellnd
sec how sophisl icatcd
and European it looks,
This isa Veuve Clicquol
orange that we used
inside kitchen cabinets,
for a boll vivant whose
signalure pour is Cham
pagne. Coat the painl
with bswal if you
want an anti(ue look.M
MAUREENFOOTER
BLNJAMlNOO9E
ORANGE5KY2D1-1D

TI I F . BF .ST BHO\\' \
What is it about brown? Every designer we
know is infatuated with it! Could it be its depth
and richness? Its elegance? That it's earthy,
COLOR BY COLOR
"Thisrcminus mcof
those wonderful
neoclassical ruoms by
Karl lricdrich Schinkel
in Berlin,or !obert
Adam in England. It has
ancxcitcrcnt that
straighl brown doesn't
have because ufthut
hint of red, and [ love
red.
r
would glaze it lor
ext ra dept h and do the
woodwork in faux-stone.
Bring in a I illic gold,
adccpgrccn. Moder
furnit'urcon bare wood
floors with a Greek vase
in the middlc.
UAYU[ASTON
FARROW& BALL
ETPU5CANPEOS6
neU! raL It's mOfe cour:
gCOlLS than taupe. J like
mybrownsthcway
I l ike my chocolatcs
drk and rich. I'd usc it
in a bed room, a library,
a TV room and add
magenta, turquoise,
purple,oremerald
green. Ieople a re gener
ally afraid of dark colors
but this is a classic,
right up there with navy
blueor burgundy."
LAIIY LASLO
BLNJAMlNMOORL
APPALACHlANBROWN211S-1O
this in my
bedroom and I abso
lutely love il. II's a tea
lcaf, caramely brown
wilh a hint ofgrcen in it.
which gives it more life
than the typical brown.
It docsn'tdie at night.
Very earthy, yet sophist i
cated at Ihesametimc. 1t
brings out other colors.
Try il with mustard,
lavendcr, ccrulean blue.
Orcinnabar red, blush
pin k, black, bone.
OAVlD McCAULEY
PRAT&LAMBERT
AUUMNDU5K12-19
as sensuous as melted chocolate? All of the
above-and then some.
", hi , i" warm. taupey
brown. Not toodark and
not too light. II's the
color of raw unblcachcd
Irish linen, ofsand ami
shadow, ofl'rench lime
stone. Actually. it's like a
Swedih brown, ifthere
NLJsuch a t hing. lt has
thaI bcaulifullygra)'ed
tone. I'd bringin a
grayed blue as an accent,"
KERIY JOVCE
lARROW& BALL
LONDON 5TONE6
"My favorite is a warm
bronze brown, like
you see in a Van Dyck
portrait. It's the color
of a coroma ndel
screen, of black after
a hundred years. And
I'd lacquer the walls,
which is the closest
I can get to that
famous Billy Baldwin
room, with bl'own
lacquered walls and
those iconic Cole
Porter bookcases.
All the beams and
bumps of that post
war apartment were
obliterated by that
rich, deep, intense
brown paint."
RANOALLBEALE
BENJAMlNMOORE
NlUHHORl2ON2134-1C

"Be,, is a museu I inc


color that looks great
with femininccolors
I ike pink and cora 1 and
robin'scgg blue. It's onc
ofnaturc's ncutra Is.
wh ieh is why it works
with just about
anything. This is the
colorofthc peat moss
that covered the flower
beds back home. It has
some red in it, which
makes it warm. I n a
high.gluss finish. t he
walls UfC there but
it looks as if you could
almost gothrough
them,likcdarkwatcr,"
TODDKLlH
PALPHLAUPENPAlNT
GALVAHl2EDUL12
t radiliuna! ur vcry
modern. RCIlltmbcr the
I.Gos That was brown
and gold and orange.
which r
would not do.
Too period. l likc it with
lotsofwhitc-and pink
or lavender or apple
grccn. ljust used it in a
powder roomwilh a
white plaster mirror and
pcony-pink ac(:nts, Tht
whole thing looked like
a SI rawberry-cream
chocolate bonbon. Very
yummy.
5TLPHLN5HULL
LNJAMlNMOOPL
CHOCOLATETPUfFLE2C96-2O
I 1 aparlmenl was
undcrGoo square feet,
and
r
painted it this dark
graybrown. i\y husband
and
r
havea lotofstuff:
and samet hingabout
thedarkwallsmade
everything look orderly.
even ifit wasn't. Furni
lure :wd fabrics and
artwork suddenly stood
oUl.Alllhemoldings
were painted white, and
thateontrasl really
crisped it up."
ALEXAHAMPTOH
BENJAMlNMOOPE
MlDDLEBURYBPOWHHC-68
I feel about brown
the way lollyGolightly
fell about Tiffany's
nOlhingbadean happen
lu me in a bruwn room.
I I ike I he color as close to
Coca cola as pussible,
not 100 umber and not
tuoblnd:. Mix il with
/cCloskey's glazing
compound, which gives
il a depth and resonance
you're not going to get
with gloss paint. I used
it in my bedroom and it
feels very I ranquil. I go
into that room a nd
instantly fall asleep:'
LRlCCOHLLP
ENJAMlNMOORL
MlNK21 12-JO
r lise a lUI of brown
because cveryth i ng goes
with it. This is like
mclled chocolale
senSIlOIlS, smooth,
\'eillety. I don't think of
il as dark, but rich. It
anchors a room and gh'es
you a luxurious feeling.
['ve used it 101 s ill librar
ies, with white trim. A II
the beige. camel, and
parchment colors look
handsumewith it."
DANCARlTHER5
EH1AMlNMOORL
TUDOPBPOWN E-62
sideofa portobellu
mushroom. II has some
gray i n it. andjust the
right balanceofrcd and
green. which makes it
easy to live with. !looks
look great against it. r
n
a foyer. it would bewarr
and inlitingbut also
ext remciyciegam,
moody and atmospheric."
EVEROBlN5ON
8ENJAMlHMOOPE
BPOWHHOR5E21Ob-3C
A package! If you feel a
flutter ofanticipation when
yDU 5ee IDB Ll brown,
lyNBlIDBtWBlILiving
Paint's Tilled Soil MSL 223.
the bathtub,
color you'd get. I've used
it insmall rooms. large
rooms, sun ny rooms,
d3 rk rooms. I think Ihe
reason it works so well
is I hal it's gOI lot of red
in it,soit brings out
t he pink in your skin.
Icople think a room
louks gaud if they look
good in it."
DARREHHENAULT
FARPOW&8ALL
BUlF 2C

TI I F . BF .ST CHF . F . .
COLOR BY COLOR
You'rcalmost not sure
what color this i.
Crccnf CrayfTaupd
I I ike colors that have a
gray undertune. They
read more I ike architec
tUfe than decoration.
Glaze it for more depth,
or whitewash it fora
wholcotherquality.1
sec it in a kitchen, a
mudroom, a bedroom.
There's somcthingquict
about it. Gorgeous wit h
lc1g;all lincn or Benni
son prints in rose,
terra-colta, cognac, or
gmy-bluc."
5U2ANHEKASLER
FARROW & BALL
5TONLWHlTL11
"This is the perfect lumi
nOlLS spring green-like
a lett lice leaf. It's vcry
diffcult to get thiscolor
right. [ first saw it in the
diningroomofthe
Town huuse. Charlutte
Moss's shop. done with a
brilliant finish. Trust
Cha rlOUe to know it's
available. It'sa happy
green t hat brings a
room to life and can go
dressy orcasual.
JOHHYUHl5
PANOHE
YOUNGWHEATJ2D52J
"Th;" h,"",fg,,," ;,
oneormy favorites
because it reminds me
of patina ted copper. It
worksin anystyle
room-contemporary.
ethnic, tradit ional. It's
the perfect accent color.
I like to usc it on shut
ters, moldings. and
windowcasings
because it outlines the
space and makes it more
linear ami graphic.
nLVWEARSTLER
PRAT&LAMLRT
CLOVER22-2C
"The all-time best is Vert
de Terre, which isjust
the right mixofgreen
and gray. Eart hy, yet
e1egant. lt reminds me of
awonderful old potting
shed or the ISth-century
buiscrie in sumt
amazingl'arisian town
house that you've always
wanted tosneak inside
tu sec. It's alsooneofthe
only greens that looks
equallygood in bright
sun orcandlclight."
TIMOTHV CORRIGAN
fARROW&ALL
VLRTDLTLRRL234
"",eo 11 thost vegetable
colors. theonesthat are
nut toodearand nut tuo
crisp. This is real thick
looking. like pea soup,
with a lot ofyellowin it.
It's a wonderful foil for
hot pin k orora nge or
burgundy. Ncutra I, but
not boring. [t'scheerful
in a hip way without
bcings:ppy."
JACIE TERRELL
MARHA5TEWARLJVJNGPAlNT
5ULTANAM5L1O1
Green soothes, uplifts, and makes
everything around it look good. No
wonder it's nature's favorite color
but it has its fashion side, too!
"Th is !oft grccn
has a wondcrfu I
mossy quality. It
feels like a cool
walk through
deeply shaded
woods. I like the
way it grounds a
room. Anything
looks good against
it-blues, rcds,
corals, browns.
Ilow can you do
bettcr than a color
found in nature7"
FHOEBEHOWARD
ENJAMlNMOORE
AGANTHU5GREEN472
"ljust did this in a double
parlorwith a lotofwhite
woodwork in Charles
ton, South Carolina, and
I'm so pleased wit h it.
It looks exactly like a
green apple, Very fresh
and very pretty. Dogs
love it beCausclhey
th ink they're out in the
garden. Green is
one of the easiest colors
because everyone
relates to it. I added
touches of geranium
pink, ycllow,and blue.
M.ARlOBUATA
8ENJAMlNMOORE
CHJCLlME336
"This is a I'al m Beach
green, very strong and
vibrant with a shot of
yellow in il. lt takes me
back tothe 'Gos and '70S,
thatearefrt:e David Hicks
and lilly Pulitzer period.
I thinkofpartieswith ice
cubesc1inkingin glasses
and 10tsorJaughter.
There's an optimism to
this green. YOII feel like
the world's going to be all
right. Bri ng in pink,
persimmon, and lots of
white,orhangsome
interest ing photography
to give it more depth and
sophistication."
CHRl5TOPHERMAYA
BENJAMlNMOORE
I
, !:;::::::i': O;:';':; "COlor.
to design
away f rm
because I'm sodrawn 10 it.
Thisisacoloryou might
sec in a vintage English
ehintzora summer
garden
.
now todescribe
itf l\aybc fresh green
peasf Yes-that's it. II
worksjust as well in Palm
Beach with hot pin k as in
New Yorkwith black and
white. I often U5Cit for
playrooms because it's
fun and vibrant and looks
great with loysand kids."
" This is one of those great
18th-century French
greens. II COil ld be the
silkon Madamcde
Iompadour's dress.
Green, when it doesn't
go too yellowor too blue,
is the complclc ncut ral.
I can't thinkofacolorit
wouldn't work with.
Great with red. Abso
lutely fabulous with
aubergine orchocolate
brown. I love it in an
en! ranee hall because
then you canjump off in
any color d il:ction for
t he other rooms."
PAMELAB.ANKER
8ENJAMIHMOORE
HHCOCKGREENHC-J17
Tranqu i II il y, scren it y,
cleanliness-t hat's what [
sec in this green. II's a
celation with a little gray
and a touchof yellow. I
like to usc it in bathrooms
with lotsofwhite marble
and polished nicke1
. 1t
almost shimmers, and
crcatcsa very watery
effect.YOll can face it
every 1Il0ringand nol
gel tired ofil. And it gives
you a good idea of what
you're going to look like
when youstep outside."
JULlADURHEY
DDALLEN
PRA&LAMBLR
UONALDKAUFMAHCOLORUKC-23
HA2EUEH 1830
"G1'cen is a soothing
color. Traditionally,
it's associated witll
healing. This is a
sage green that
stavs muted, C\'en
withe sun on it.
It makes me feel
rein xed, It's not a
color that is shout
i ng to be noticed.
It's calm and
comfortable."
AMELlAT.HAHDEGAN
EHJAMlNMOOE
"

I
Ti l F . THI CI , I F . ST
COI , OHS
Color often gets lost i n the translation
from your i magination to your walls.
Which color is the hardest to get right?
They all are! But here's some advice . . .
COLOR YCOLOR
"RED is hard. There are so many bad
ones. They're either too bordello or too
raspberry nail polish. Or they're so
brown it's like eating in a Southwest
ern theme restaurant, OT so primary
and overly frank that you want to ask,
'Where do put the presidential seal?'
I'm always lookingforeither ajuicy
pomegranate red, a Chinese lacquer
red, or a really good oxblood. Because
it's such an important color, Ted needs
nuance, subtlety, and depth, so in
those raTe instances that break it out,
Jlike to do it as a glaze, a lacquer, a
fabric upholstery, or as red leather
walls so there's variation to the tone."
"TAUPEthatduplicitous stony gray-brown. Taupe can either go green
or pink. but if you have a green taupe next to a p1nk taupe, the room
ends uplooking like some powdery, tragic form of Christmas. Taupe is
a really good color to use in main rooms because it's companionable
you can always carefully introduce a beautiful blue or a great green L
brown. But taupe's a politiciansociable yet slippery. And there are no
near misses. Youeither nail it. or you blow it completely." 5U5ANFERRlER
CEERlEKEMBLE
"It's going to blowyour
mind, but lthink it's
\U.This became
painfully clear to me when
I did my apartment in New
York. I'm on the 42nd floor
with cream marble floors
and a lot ofwindows.
I wanted a great white to
show offmy art and
I thought. 'This will be easy,
I've certainly done this
before!' But white after
white didn't work. I ended
up opening 2S cans and
painting 4-inch-bY"12-i nch
swatches of every oneof
theml Each was so differ
ent, and they changed with
the weather and by the
hour. I was shocked. Only
one was perfect. Which
one? I can't possibly
remember."
NANCYCOR7INE
"BLUE. It's such a gigantic colorit covers
the ocean, the sky, and everything in between.
Whenyou're trying to get a blue right. YOU're
always working with whatever blue light
is coming in the window and you have to add
that factor to the paint chip, or else you'll
wind upwith year-round Easter. Always go
one or two steps lighter than you think. The
color most people think of as blue is really a
warm gray. but it reads as blue. It took me
years to realize this! There's a lovely Benjamin
Moore color called Stonington Graythat's a
muchmore confident bluethan people might
imagine. Or if you're a blonde. Ralph Lauren
makes one called Basalt-it's the palest,
clearest blue. as if you walked outside in the
early spring and captured the color behind
the forsythia." MALORYMARSHALL
"TERRA-COTTA You see it in nature
and in bricks, but getting it in paint
is nearly impossible. It looks too fat
or too orange. You never capture
the depth and warmth properly.
The only way I know to get the right
color is go to Roussillon, France.
It's an amazig little medieval vil
lage in Languedoc, and the entire
town is painted with this natural
pigment that they mine out of the
ground. They use it as a wash
on stone, where it seeps in, and the
colors range from this really rich
yellow to this vibrant terra-cotta
and every shade in between. It's a
vision. You can buy the dry pigment
and throw it into a paint recipe."
ANNlESELKE
MDuring Lollege, when I
was working full-time for
my father [the decorator
Mark Hampton], 1 rented
an apartment and I Just
couldn't take time orfto
paint it. 50 I went there
one evening and stayed
up all night painting thE
place what l thought was
a lovely pal eYELlOW
When the sun came up,
l realized I'd painted the
wal ls the colorofinsan'
ity. 1 had to immdiately
mix in all my trim col
to tone it down Yellow
is an electricolor and
whol ly misleading. It
becomes more yel low
With thesun'syellow
light on it. The moral is,
even if you think your yel
low is the one,qo Jaler
ALEXAHAMPTON
"The color I fnd
most beautiful and
chic is GRAY. But it's
very hard to procure
that perfect, soft,
luminescent, silvery
gray shade you see
ingunmetal, silver,
zinc, or pewter. To
try to get that color
in a surface that's
nonreflective and
doesn't have a
three-dimensional
quality is the chal
lenge. I often try a
dozen samples just
to fnd one gray.
But if it's simplicity
you crave, there's
a divine gray that
almost always
works: Benjamin
Moore's Horizon,
]
aJriend calls me
and says, 'Help!
What do I do?' I
reply, 'aint the
walls Horizon and
the trim white,'
Think ofa gray suit
with a white shirt.
It's a nice clean
story, and you can
go in a hundred di
ferent directions
with the tie,"
STVENGAMBREL
"YELLOW, because it reflects on itself
more than other colors. It reacts with
natural light and artifcial light in totally
different ways, so a particular yellow
might be perfect by day, but look awful
by lampl ight at night. I once had about
22 versions of yel low on a wall for a
cl ient's pool house l iving room. I have
si nce di scovered Donald Kaufman Color
#28, which seems to work perfectly
almost everywhere."
MALCOLMJAMESKUTNER
"The word 'PINK'
seems to carry a lot of
baggage. Everyone
reacts strongly to it
and has certain
expectations of it. For
a house in Palm
Beach, we painted
the living room a
very soft pink. like
theinside of a
seashell. Weeven
showed the painter
"Deep navy BLUE
is one of the most
diffcult colors. If
it goes too red or
too green, it gets
ugly very quickly.
A neutral navy
blue can be
beautiful. But
watch out! Always
use a low luster
eggshell or the
paint will 'chalk'
and the wall
becomes a
nightmare and
you'll have to
repaint again and
again."
NANCYBRAlHWAlTE
"Earthy, NATURAL
colors are so beautiful,
but how do you
capture them
indoors? I'm always
trying to re-create the
effect of wet rocks or
dried leaves onwalls.
Lately, I'm obsessed
with agates. How can
you achieve that
depth i paint?
Painting on drywall,
the result is always
particularly flat. That
said, oil-based paints,
like those from Fine
Paints of Europe,
create more complex
colors. Oils have a
really interesting
relationship with the
light that hits them,
which helps make
colors like grays,
whites, and browns
more luscious."
ROBlNSTANDEFER
'Y|'.Benjamin
Moore offers at least
Oversions. I'll select
six and have my
painter put samples
on the wall. I visit the
space-in the
morning light, after
noon when it's in
shadow, at night in
artifcial light
studying the nearly
invisible paint
squaresfrom every
angle. Finally, after
having painted the
walls the most
exquisite shade of
white, someone
inevitably walks in
and asks, 'So, what
color are you thinking
ofpainting this
room?' Never fails,
but a perfect white is
worth the effort."
TORl GOLUB
"People either like or hate pale BLUES,
depending on really subtle differences. Ifit
looks too sky, a tad purple, or powdery-baby
boy clothes-clients can't stand it. We
almost never use a stockformula and usually
doctor the mixes we get. You can add more
pigment to make it richer, and you can
brighten or dull it by addingwhite or black.
There's not a real science to it, though. Youjust
have to keep trying, and it can take several
rounds." 5TEVEN5CLAROFF
"RED. Darker colors
in general can read
very flat, so use a
high-luster fnish.
With red, especial
ly, that reflective
qual ity makes it
appeal ing both
during the day and
at night. Good
prep is key to any
high-luster paint
fnish, so skim
coating the walls
really helps. If the
walls are well pre
pared, you can get
a deep, rich gloss
without goi ng to
the expense of lac
queri ng. Add a bit
of black to the
primer, too, which
makes it slightly
grayish. That will
help you to get
good coverage in
fewer coats. I've
found Farrow
Bali's Blazer and
Benjamin Moore's
Merlot great to
work with."
MEGBRAFF
a real shell to get the
color right. We just
repainted the room
after 10 years and
matched the color
exactly, but added a
Venetian plaster
fnish. It still looks
fabulous and the
lustrous fnish
makes it even more
shell-like."
"BLACK. But when it's done right, it can be such an astonishingly warm and
lively color for walls. Jwas inspired by the Octagon Room at Beauport, an
incredible historic house in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where the pitch-colored
walls and tiger maple furiture make your heart skip. The trick is to capture
the effect ofyears passing, the color building upover time. How to re-create
that patina? Eventually, J found Pratt cLambert's Obsidian, which is viscous,
rich, deeply saturated, yet highly nuanced."
ANNECARSON JEffREYBlLHUBER


"I started out with navy but that
felt too nautical, and kept going
da rkef u ntil l got to this color you
can't quite defne. The conversa
tion in this kitchen is so relaxed
and intimate-very di fferent
from the conversation you'd have
i n a formal dining room."
WJND5OR 5MlTH
EN1AMlNMOOPL
FOLO8LU2C62-1C
I {ool n bv room
The old rules have fnally fallen away. You can have any
color you like now, in any room. But maybe you need
a little inspiration. Would you ever think of painting your
kitchen midnight blue, or your entrance hall raspberry,
or your dining room chocolate, or . . ?
IN THIS CHAPTER:
THE ENTRANCE HALL
THE DI NI NG ROOM
THE KITCHEN
THE BEDROOM
THE BATHROOM
THE HALLWAY
3
ROOM YROOM
,.
TI I F : F : \TR\ \CF :
1 1 . \ 1 , 1 ,
-
-
"It's olle ofthos{
spacts that ppoplt
go through
quickly, so ou can
afford a higher
leve\ (fdl'ama.
Oftell t11Jc:no
I1atural l i ght. so
\OHnccd a heavily
S<1tul'ated color
like this warm,
yolk\ \'cllo\\. Get it
1 gloss
bccause the gloss
gives it depth, and
it's much more
simpk to apply
th,m glazing."
CHR\STOPHERDRAKE
BEN1AMlNMOORE
5HOWTlMES3
.
,
menl, and 1 lend to go
far cora lly-orangc feds.
With rcd,you know
you've arrived and you
glance in the rirrorand
realize how great yuu
look and breeze right in,"
KElTHlRVlNE
BENJAMIHMOORL
l like a progression of
color. II's good tostart
dark-this isso moody
and has a wonderful
earthy toneand as you
move inside, the rooms
become I ighter, which
makes them seem more
spacious.
EVEROBIHSOH
FARROW&BALL
OHA841
It's the frst thing you see when you
walk into a house,so how should it feel
soothing, or knock-your-socks-off?
"rfyou took leaf green
and sky bluc a nd put
them in a bucket
with a lot ofnir, this is
what you would get.
I even put iton the
eeili ng. It looks great
with black-and-white
noars. I'd add a bronze
bench with shocking
pink upholstery,"
1OHNOEGEH
BLHJAMlNMOORE
PALLAUlAHLULHC-144
, ,
saucepan-that'S the
color. II glistens. This is
a very high.gloss paint
that looks almost like
patenllcather.
PATRlClAHEALlHG
FlHEPAlH5OfEUROPE
DUTCHCHOCOLATE6012
"I'm attracted towarm
colors that kind of wrap
t heir arms around you.
This is like candlelight,
with a wonderful golden
glow. I'll put layers of
glaze over it so it's as
rich in daytime as it is at
night."
WlLLlAMEUBAHKS
BEN1AMlNMOORE
GOLUEN5TRAW2152-C
"/ vdv<ty gray wit hjust
the right amount of
lavender. lfit hd ny
more lavender in it, it
would oewell beyond
mypain threshold, but
it doesn't, so it's perfect."
KERRYJOYCE
5HERWlN-WlLLlAM5
5UDlO MAUVE5W-CC62
ent ry ha lis. You want
to make Wow!, out at
the sallle time you have
to be neutral because it's
the opener for the rest
of the apartment. So
what to do? I'ai nt your
hall this fabulous gray
taupe, which isstill
neutral but dark enough
to makea statement.

WHl3NSTEWART
C2FAlH
OUHOG C2-AO
"Right now, we're into
this traditional oil pai nt
in a color that looks like
whipped cream. Get it in
t he Brill iant fnish and
it's very sh iny, like
gclato.Seriously, make
your entry refreshing.
Cool off.
TOMBRlTT
flNEPAlN35OFEUROPE
5PlNNKERWHl3E7C32
Those great ISth-century
British architects kept
the front hallway
somberto recall the
color of the stone
outside, on t he facade. I
like that ideaofbringing
the outside in. but stone
doesn't necessarilywork
for me. I tend to usea sky
bluish colorlhal hasa
pretty heavydoscofgray
and g\CCD.

SEVENGMBRE
FRA&LAMBLR
ARGLNT2A-29
opening
Un lo,-cly green
foyer. This is nol the
usual dark bottle green,
it's paler and softer,
a really good goes
anywhere green that
feels very peaceful."
JENN\fERGARRlGUES
fARROW&BALL
FOLLYGREEN76
"/ hall takes such a
bealing. Mine looks like
the shipping depart
menl at Macy's. So I'd
choose a cooL calm
white. Fill a mayonnaise
jar with il and keep it in
theclosct for touch-ups.

. KELLEROONOVAN
BEN1AMlNMOORL
LlNLNWHlTL312
pink, as masculine as
you can get in a pin k,
with a nice shine to it. t n
a sma II ent ranee hall I
like to use deep, st rang
colors to hclpdcfi ne the
space_ Otherwise, you
lose it."
JOHNBARMAN
RALPH LAUREHPAlN
RACERPlNKlB51
ranch house where you
came inton low, '-cry
enclosed front hall
before being released
into this huge living
room-that famous
squeeze-a nd-squirt
thing t hat architects
love. So we painted this
tight little space an
intense barn red. Every
t hingaround you was
red=Walls,ceilings,
doors. You were
complclelyencapsu
lated in red. so you
couldn't really lell the
dimensions."
HERh1ESMALLEA
DONALDAUlMANCOLOR
DKC-17
3
ROOM YROOM
..
Ti l F : 1 11 .\I .\G ROO. I
"It's very close to a
color in a JQqO5Billy
Haines house
festored in Beverly
l lill s. love pairing
it with yellowol1 the
ceilings and ivory
crown moldings l ike
he did. Doesn't it
sound \i ld It's a
really exolic fun
orange that creates
drama, yel l cts you
know the inhabitant
is very playful."
MARTYNLAWRENCE-BULLARD
BENJAMlNMOOPE
ORANGPARROT2169-2O
lARROW&8ALL
ABOUCHL223
Do you want to feel cozy. casual,
glamorous, elegant-or have evenings
cfall-out fantasy?
ill it, so there's a warm
aspect to it that males
people 1001; good. In
high gloss. it really spar
I;leswithcandlc1ight.1
thinl; chocolate brown
part icularly suits a city
dining room."
ARTHURDUNNAM
BENJAMlNMOORE
BRANCHPORTBROWNH\-7
n you're eating,
you want a space that
feels fresh, and green
feads fresh to me. This
i sacrispccladon. With
white linens un a wooden
table, it reminds mcof
eating outdoors. I adore
eating outdoors. Every
thi ng tastes bctlcr
even mycool;ing!"
CHARLOTTEMO55
rUROW&BALL
BRLAKFA5TROOMGRLLN 8J
ruby, sapphire. and
emerald. This is lil;e the
missingjewel tone we
only get in peacocl
feathers. U's rich and
still playful-it can be a
formal or sort of deca
dent color, and it 1001;5
beautiful withaccentsof
while lacquerordarl
wood."
CLERJEKEMBLE
lRROW&BLL
MEREGREEN 2J9
MA pale, yellow-based
springgreen is dazzling
tothecomplexion.
Greens bring out the
pink in you.Just think
what haricots vertsdo
for a good lambchop
the green is what
completes the plate. It's
the perfect foiJ.
JEFFEYBlLlJUBE
BLNJAMlN MOOE
Wl5PYGREEN<14
blue with a certain
nobility. somcthingyou
would have seen in a
colonial house in
\illimsburg. llut it's
alsoacasualand
comfortable color. A
dining room hould be
approacila ble-don 't
think it's only for holi
day and special events."
BACLAYBUTEA
RALPHLAURENPAlN
CALYF5OVM138
"II's kind of robin's egg
blue, and with mahog
any furniture and
neut ral upholstcry, it
looks great. I sl'dining
rooms as mostly evening
rooms, and t his has
enough life toit that il
doesn't die. It' very
soothing. The right blue
is always soothing."
MAlETTEHlMESGOME2
BENJAMlNMOORL
5ACLTlNT458
"There's a pa leness 10 it
but alsoa warmth. It's
like a bla nkcanvas, so
anyone who sits in front
of it, or any food. any
color, looks rca Ily attrac
tive-amazing, in fact.
Everything pops. The
dining room isall about
t he table and t he people
silting at it."
BRETWlTKE
BENJAMlNfvOORE
POWDER5AND21b1-7U
.. a blanket ofvelvct
that wraps thewalls
it's a really saturated
rich bruwn. very deep.
a Imot aubergine.
People in the room
almost become the char
actersofanoil painting.
It has the fciingofthe
background in an 18th
century portrait."
MlCHALBERMAN
RALPHLAURENPAIN
DL6ERTBOOTTH35
oat mcal, camel color,
and the reasun I luve il is
it's a vcry neut ral back
gruund but Ihegold hue
makes everybody look
like they just came
back from somewhere
fabulous. It's a very flat
leringcolor."
COLlNCOWlE
BLNJAMlNMOORE
6HELBURNEBUFfHC-28
l lLsed it in adiningroom
i n Palm Beach.lfyouare
:Ichocoholiclike me,
youjust walk i n and gel
hungry. The keyword
here is chocolicious. II's
a really rich. deep, milk
chocolaty color, and
wedid white brackets
with white vases all over
thewalls."
T.KELLERDOOVAN
BENJAMlNMOOE
BROWN5UGAR21 12-2O
3
ROOM YROOM
'

" I I
.
TI I F : 1 , I TC I F : \
.'

"Wedgewood Gray
and Woodlawn
Blue have that
robi n's egg vibe. I
always hedge my
bets towa I'd
grayed-down
shades, because
bright colors that
look so happy in
the paint stOl'ccan
look bizarre in real
life. lfyou'rc
nervous, start by
painting the back
wall inside the
cabinets."
CLAEDONOl1UE
BENJAMlN MOORE
WEDGEWOODGRAYHC-146
WOODLAWNBLUEHC-14
'I, ,,hll '" ".eli make it
cozy. Everybodycomcs
i n anyway. you can't
beat them Ollt witht
spoon. l'latcswould look
great un t he wall against
this warm cayenne, and
I'd do teak cOllntcrlops
and cork on t he floor
vcry soft and warm to
bare fceL
PAULAPERLlNl
BENJ A MINMOORL
"Kitchensoften havesu
little wall pace you have
10 make thecolorcounL
This is sunshine in a can.
I likeayellowwith a
liltle bit of brown in it,
asopposcd toa yellow
with green. Looks
wonderful with wood."
BEVERLYELLSLEY
BEHJAMlHMOORE
GOLDENHOHEY2S7
You're ready to break away from white
but what color should you choose
for your kitchen? Which is your favorite?
brown sugar.
appetizing, with a lot
ofwarmt h. l'd usc it on
thewallswithwhite
trim, custardcolored
cabinets, and a lerra
cotta floor."
JOANEHUDSON
5HLRWlN-WlLLl4M5
WHOLLWHLAT5W6121
"1 have one of those little
green boxe from
ladurce, that Paris
pastry shop, on mydesk.
Turns out my client has
one,tou,andwe
re-created that LadurL'
green on her kitchen
island.lt'an incredibly
complexcolur, a weird
combination ofydlow
and green wi! h this red
undertone. Beautiful."
MARKCUTLER
FlHEPAlH5OFEUROPE
P11130
su tired of all those
off-white cabinets. I'd
paint them this dark
Swedish gray-blue. and
make the whole roum
very Gustavian, with
chalky whitewalls,
Carranl marble counter
tops. and stain less-steel
appliances."
5AORANUNNERLEY
BENJAMlN MOOFE
WOLfGRAY2J27-<O
"Red is energiz
ing, invigorat
ing, and this is
the perfect red,
not too orange
and not too blue,
It works equally
well in sunny or
dark rooms and
really sets off
the cabinets,
which we order
primed and
then paint
on-site with a
nice brushed
finish."
ERlCABROBERG
BENJAMlNMOORE
MLRLO3RLD2DD6JD
, " l'ickoo" wall. Apply two
coats ofllllst-Oleum
,agneticprimer, paint
it thisYlimmyraspberry
color. and thcn put up
yourchildren's art work.
school schedules, and
birthday invites with
magnets."
PHlLlPGORRlVAN
BENJAMlHMOORL
RAZZLLDAZZLL13A8
-",,,,ld kitchen where
thccabinets, counters,
and applianccs werc all
mismatchcd shades of
white, we needed a
distraction.Sowe
paintedjllst the doors.
not the frames.ofthe
cabinets this teal-green
aquamarine and
replaced the cheap
white plastieknobswith
vintage hardware. Last
touch-a blaek-and
white tile floor."
JASOHBLL
PRATT&LAMLPT
TAMPlCO21-9
"You're taki ng a chance
with orange, but it can
be fabulous. It's playful
during t he day for kids
doing projects, and at
night. with the lamps lit.
it glows. Start with onc
wall-thai may be
enough."
AHHMcGU1RE
VAL5PAR
6PRlNG5UA6H 2DD8-JB

in a small

ploplc don't
think of dark colors as
an option, bul that's
exactly where you need
thedrama. This is a
lovely gray-green, not
too dark and very sort,
kindoflike moss. Vcry
elega1ll wit h white
cabinets."
MlCKDEGIULlO
BEHJAMlNMOORE
GREA8ARRlNGOHGREEN
HC-J22
MThe Iome Depot has
some great cabinet
options. Paint them
Cream Stone, a muted
off-white. more gray
t han yellow. Then usc
rich. taupey Wcathcred
Brown OH thewalls
forconl rast. Jt makes
the kitchen a little more
masculine. marc
sophisticated."
BARCLAYBUTERA
RALPHLAURENPAlNT
CPEAMSTONEUL54
WEATHEREDBROWHUL44
3
1
ROOM YROOM
.
Ti l F : BF : DROO. I
"What want is
anythng that
makes a woman
look more beauti
ful. Lavender is
great for blondes
01 brunettes, and
very pretty with
blue-and-white
fabric.Just don't
tell your husband
it's lavender."
MARlOBUATTA
BENJAMlN MOORE
Ml6Y LlLAC2O7J-7O
"
between apple and moss,
and it's I ike wa king up i n
springevcry morning."
ALES5ANDRABRANCA
PRA&LAM8ER
5EAOATJ72
Okay, be honest with yourself How do
you really want your bedroom to make
you feel? Sexy? Zen? Energized?
"The name says it all. It's
the palest blue that they
make. and it just shim
merswhcnyoll walk
inloa room with white
woodwurk and Ihis palc
blue, YOl thin k you're in
heaven. My painter went
hore and told his wife
aboul it, soyou knuw
you'vegut awinner."
T. KELLR DONOVAN
FARROWBALL
BORROWEDLlGHT235
, ''" ',n" two fnvorite
colors mixed together.
Suft, but with 3 1ut uf
vibrancy. Greens and
bluesnre known for
their rc1axingeffect."
SHElLABRlDGES
FARROW68ALL
GREENBLULbA
"Nothing is rorcofa
t urn-on than Cham
pagne.and thisisthlll
same uplift ing kind of
invit ingeolor. I n the
evening, it looks very
warm and rich. and in
the murning. t herc's a
happy mood about it."
BlRCHCOFFEY
BE:NJAMlNMOORF.
PALLMOONOC-TD8
"I've always liked warm
and cozy dining rooms
and living rooms, but
in I he bedroom I go
toward cool and airy.
Thal lo me seems reSI fu I,
sleep-inducing. Myown
parlicularbedroom is
painted pale blue, with
louchesof silver gray
and coral. I'm a Pisces
and I'm alwaystotitlly
gravitating to water and
cool colors:
MlLE5 REDD
BEN1AMIN MOORE
BlRO5EGG 20S1-50
'"It's a pale. pale,pf/e,
almost fleshy pin k, bUI
on the pink side rather
Ihan the bcigeside. Why
do I like itf Because of
Ihewa) it relects on
your skin. It's feminine
and soft. It's almost like
you've got a little glow in
yourcheeks. That's what
youwanl in the morning
when you wake upand
have no makeup on.
Green was !7Ogoing to
work for me.
CHARLOTTEMOSS
BENJAMlNMOORL
BLANCHEDCORAL8b6
-
Donald Kaufman paints
is that they're indescrib
able. They're almost
edible colors. This
pari icular shade has
green and blue in it. and
brownandgray. A
February sea blue, that's
what I'dcall it. I always
usc it in flat, so it has
this rich velvety quality,
like soft moon light."
MARSHALLWATSON
OONALOKAUFMANCOLOR
OKC-7
.'] happen to love this
color. I've mixed it
with blackand-white
photography and
some pretty seriOllS
Empire furniture, and
it's really fabulous."
BRlANMcCARTHY
BLN1AMlNMOOE
CAYMANBLUE2D6D-6D
"wejustdidthis
bedroom in Floridawith
sunshine-yellow wa lis.
]l's soeye-popping and
energizing. 115 belHlli
ful at night when the
lightsareon and every
thing turs golden.
And when you wake up,
wow! It's like having
a glass of orangejuice
thrown at you."'
CHRlSTOPHERCOLEMAN
BENJAMlNMOORL
5UN Kl55EDYELOW202220
"I just painted my
bedroom this really
amazingcolorealled
Iella Donna. Il'sa
smoky, purply mauve,
Ihecoloroflhe sky at
sunset. It's a soothing.
relaxing, mondycolor
that looks beaut iful with
raspberry eu rIa i n5,
mauve bedding, and
gray flannel earpet.
OOALLEN
2PAlN
BELLADONNAC23J
under water-relat i vely
dark. but very warm and
nuanced. It's wonderful
to have Udark bedroom.
Aren't there a few people
who like to usc this room
torsleeping"
SU2ANNERHElNSTElN
RALPHLAURENPAlNT
CRE5TEDBUTTENA4D
"It reminds meofthe
sunflowerSlhat
surround my house in
" ranee. ItS bright,
cheerful. Even when it's
dark, it's always going
tobe happy. I love what
t hey do in France: pint
a band aboul l:0r24
inches high-from the
floor up-I ike a border
around Ihe bottom
of the room. Then do
the doors and window
frames in I hal same
color."
KAHRYN M. lRILANO
FARROW&8ALL
ClRON74
"
3
1
LLN YRLLm
TI I F : B. \TI I HOO' I

"In a bathroom,
there's nothing
better than clean,
fresh, pure white.
This is a very clear,
soothing white.
not too bl'ight and
not too creamy.
You never get tired
of it, i t never looks
dated, and you can
easily change the
look by changing
the artwork."
ANNECARSON
BENJAMlN MOORE
BRlLLIAHWHlE
"This is Ii nd ora pa Ie
I haki gray. It approxi
mates the kind of light
yougct on a doudy day,
which makes all the
othcrcolors around look
deep and true, morc
intense. Wcgcncrally
usc while fxtures, and
it rcallystlsthemoff
and makes them look
absolutely deB n."
DAlDMANN
RALPHLAURENPAlNT
ARCHITECURALCREAMUL5S
Whether your style is ready-set-go or
long soaks in the tub, these designers
wi l l bathe you in just the right color.
strange color, sort
of an old-fashioned
blueprint blue. I actua lIy
like dark bathrooms
with very controlled
artifcial light. That way
you can really hone in
on I he problems when
doing your toilette.
Uesides, I thin k dark
walls arc sexy."
MlCHAELfORMlCA
BENJAMIHMOORE
CALIfORNlA8LUE2U6-2U
1
eSI, sunniest day.
a bright lavender blue,
moderately intense, very
cheerful. Some people
will say, 'Oh, I don't like
lavender,'but this
doesn't core offlike
lavender. lt'sc1ean,
fresh-guaranteed to
perkyouup.
RONALDBRlCK
PRA&LAMBLR
AUTUMNCROCU5 28-9
This is a beaut iful.
cloudlike off-white with
just the right amount
orpink in it, so people
look nice-but not so
flattering that YOl walk
out the door thinki ng
you lookterrifcwhell
you really don't.
ROBlNBELL
FARROW&BALL
DIMlY2O8
"I want a color that's
subtle and refreshingat
the same time. This
lool.:s lilo an old celadon
that would have been
popul r back in the
1940s. Iirsl thingin
the moring, I don't
want anylhingjolling
that's going to give me
a headache."
ATHAlEDERSE
PRAT&LAM8ER
Al1TlOUEWHl3E1431
" B ",," white, honey.
It's 3 wonderful. glowing
Luis Ila rragan color, an
orange that doesn't look
silly. The dirty little
secret aboul these big
while California Spanish
houses iSlhat inside
they feel dark and gray.
So
r
sit Ihe clicntsdown,
tic them up. and tell
them this is what we're
guingtodoand it will
makeyuu 1001 10 years
younger. That usually
gets them to say yes."
JARRETTHEDBORG
Bl.NJAMll1MOORL
TANGERlNEDRLAM2DJ2-3C
darkgray.brown
green: you name iI, iI's
in there. II's almost like U
clay mud color-really
rich and really beautiful.
Very dramat ic with dark
orlightstoneand nickel
fixtures."
THADHAYES
UOl1ALUKAUlMAl COLOR
UKC-6A
.. Historically, while is the
colorofheah h and
hygiene. But it has 10 be
the right white,sume
thingsoft and warm like
SilverSltin that can
complement a rangeof
materials-marble. tile,
porcelain, metal. A really
bright white would notbe
attraeliveOllyour skill."
BARBARASALL1CK
BENJAMINMOORL
5lLVER6AT1tJ OC-26
"This is in the minI, pine
family. 11'5 a pale wash of
green that reminds me
oflhe water off Corsica
in the summer. since I
spcndalOloftime
sookingin myJacuzzi, I
can't imagilleanythillg
better."
5EPHAN1ESTOKES
BENJAMINMOORE
FRE5HDEW435
MThis is a rich egg-yolk
yellow, a classic
Englishcolor. 1 used
it ill myown bathroom,
which doesn't have
any windows. and it
brings in the sunlight
that's not there."
PRlSClLLAULMANN
lARROW&BALL
YLLLOWGROUND2Tb
colurthat introduces
anything-you're barely
3wareofit t all, youjust
sec what's in I he room."
BETSYBROWN
FRATT&LAMBERT
WLl1UlGO33Jb
"'II's a verycvash-e gray
from the Colonial
Williamsburg line that
changes color in differ
Cllt lights. I hatelocall
il a gray, bccause people
thinkof gray as chilly.
and Ihisisverywarm.
It can look 1930schie
or lSJO countrified or
2lstccntu ry CI."
RALPHHARVARD
PRAT&LAM8ERT
PELHAMGRAYLlGHTCW8J3
^
^
3
1
ROOM YRLLm
l always think it's a
mista kc to try to make
an interior room look
hrightcrwilh white. I'd
rather make it dark and
interesti ng. This i the
color of semisweet
chocolate eh ips. [ used
it in a great Georgian
house with beautiful
white moldingsand
pcdimCnlcd doorways.
[n an eggshell finish.
so you get a bit ofshcCll.
It doesn't feel dark
lome.jus! intimate and
enveloping."
TOMSTRINGER
BENJAMlHMOORE
VANBUREHBROWN HC-7U
MUsually hallways don't
get milch sun,SO I like
ycllow-a color that
cmanalcswarmth and
lighLlt won't take on that
gray pa llor t hat white and
beige or tan can acquire
when there's nowindow
around. This yellow tends
more to pin k than green,
which combats those cold
violet shadows. liang a
series of black and white
photog raphs-repel it ion
works well in a corridor.
MARSHALLWATSOH
FARROW6BALL
YLLLOWGROUHD218
"A hallway should bethe
reverseofwhat's happen.
ingaround it. Inhe
rooms arc while, then Ihe
hall can takeon a more
dramatic color. But ifit
has noarchiteclural
features, thedramatic
approach can look a lillie
imposed. Thisseagull
gnlydocsn't scream for
alieni ion,yet it has pres
encc. Light, yet deep
enough to look sharp
with a contrastinglrim."
BlRCHCOFEY
BEHJAMlHMOORE
REVEREPEWTERHC-172
"Remember those
boulique hotelswilh
hallways sodark I hey
made you fecl like a
mole? 1 think thedrama
should come from your
art, and the paint should
be fresh and ligh!. r
can't identify thiscolor
it's nut white and it's
not cream and it really
doesn't Iccllikeagray. It
will minimiVe anya1chi-
tccturai llaws and make
artwork look fabulous."
BETSYBROWH
BENJAMlHMOORE
CLA55lCGRAYOC-23
To reduce t hat long
tun nel effect, you have
to dematcria li'e the
walls. Lacquer Ihem U
refect light or, most
swishofall. use this
pale silvery gray melal
lic paint. Jt wi II make
everything shimmer.
Add rockcrystai llagucs
sconces and a giltwoud
mirrorlo lake il to
the most glamorous,
angelic plane."
MAUREEHlOOTER
MODERN MA5ER5
PLAT!NUMME631
Just a guess, but the word you'd
use to describe your hall way probably
isn' t one of these: glamorous,
mysterious, dramatic, delicious, warm,
intimate, exciting. But it could be!
Vhdoeo!etreat
ha!\vasasaIoneI
patheticasage-
wa' 1 Iovetosee
seating,evenif
noood'-ac|ual !
goi ngtoit.|teeIs
confortaoIe.Add
archeddoorvas
sothesaceseems
!essrectiInear.
Givetavaistvith
wai nscoti ng.
I didthisvood-
vorkincieamand
!he\vaIIsinadeI i-
ciousourntorange,
thecoIorofcan-
diedorangeeeI."
DARR|HHENAULT
lARROW&BALL
ORANGERY7C
"Go for impact, A hallway
is a playing field for
st rong, colorful artwork
that is harder to put into
rooms, Hang it against
this warm putty-colored
gray. with a hint of pin k
and lavender Not too
I igh!, so it doesn't go
vapid, It's a color I've
seen inoldJasperware+
Add an unusual settee
to ma ke it feel lcss like
a passagcway,
KlMALEXANORlUK
fARROW&8ALL
ELEPHAH'5 BREAH22S
is more molasses
than chocolate. a
wondert\11 color that's
neU! ral and excit ingat
the same time, It mixes
well withcoral, green,
yellow, tangerine, If you
have t rad itional mold
ings,dothcm in off
white tosetupa
dramatic contrast.
People arc ofen afraid
of dark colors, Hut it's
just paint, bottom line,
Try it. You'll like it,"
SUEBURGESS
" [ like tousewhite in
aspaeethathasno
natura I light, and t his is
the perfect white-not
too blue, not too pink,
not too yellow, And at
t he end ofa Iwll there
should always be a focal
pointa console table, a
fabulous chair, ,ty ideal
hlliwaywouid ha\'ea
piece ofCyc1adic art
very Brancusi*esque*at
the end, with Noguchi
paper lanterns floating
down thecentcr."
LlSAJACKSON
lARROW&BALL
ALLWHlTE 2DD5
Iiallwayswithout
windowsean and
should be mysterious
This is a deep blue wit h a
lotofgreen wei and
languid. It says, 'Take
me tothcocean:\Vhy
not usc it on the ceiling
as well? Make it a
cocoon. Then reveal
who you arc. I'll often
do strips ofmolding
routed out and attached
to the wall al different
heights. todisplaya
rotating selection of
family photos."
SUSANZlSESGREEN
BEN1AMlHMOORE
NAPLLSBLUE2Db7-3C
ha Ilway. Clients think
you're crazy at first, but
it's very romantic. Do
scollces or a chandelier
on dimmers. because
you don't want bright
light floodingthewalls.
This is nOl i ifeless. 1 ike
some blacks. The blue
in il makes it warmer.
A nd art looks amazing
against it. Would be
even better with a black
and white marble 'loor."
ELIZABETH BAUER
fARROW&BALL
BLACKBLUE5
Thete`sustsomething
aboutvhitethatfeeIs
verueandfesh
anddoesn'tcomete
viththeroomsoffthe
haIIva.Thisisnottoo
ga,vhichcanget
aIittIesad,andnottoo
bIue. Ithas var+th,
butit'snoteIIov.
]ustaniceehective
vhitethat'ssoothing
andeacefuI. !'IIdo
evevthing,incIuding
theceiIing,inthe
samecoIoust
dffeenthnishes
vhichfeeIsnoe
modevnthanicIing
outthemoIdingsin
dffeentshades."
ALEXPAPACHRlSTlOlS
BENJAMINMOORE
CLOUDWHlES67

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"'h(11 we frst started working
together, my client showed me a
fabulous a ITa\" of si 1 k tassC\s she'd
(ollrctcd in p lI'is. She said. 'Thes(
arc lh( (olol's 1 10H'.' lrcwas this
lon'l soft s\imming pool blue,
which is now the bedroom color.
One da\" I Sh(c hCr a n embroi
dered il k that has all lhc colors or
the tassels in iland said, " \"ouldn'L
Ih is be gorgeous O1a dm et: ' "
HALWlLLlAMSOH
BENJAMIN MOORE
WOOOLAWN BLUEHC-l.l
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Could you fall asleep in a red bedroom? Would you


look your best in a blue dining room? It's not enough
just to like a color. You need to think how it will affect
you. Every color has the power to make you feel calmer,
livelier, prettier, younger, happier, healthier. Read on
before you choose.
IN THI S CHAPTER:
WHAT'S YOUR COLOR PERSONALITY?
CALMI NG COLORS
COZY COLORS
COLORS TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
SEXY COLORS!
COLORS THAT MEN LOVE
COLORS TO MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER
COLORS FOR BLONDES
COLORS FOR BRUNETTES

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HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM TO FEEL?
Color is sexy, fun, the most important
part of decorating. But it's also the most
psychological and elusive. Here are
some experts, from the practical to the
celestial, to help you fnd your true colors.
HOW DO THEY FIGURE OUT A CLIENT'S COLOR PERSONALITY' HERE'S WHERE THEY START , . .
'l look at what a client is wearing "First, I get my clients to react to "I ask clients to flip through my port-
and what's in his or her closet. colors. The key is fnding out how fol io, which is full of photographs of
An affnity for certain colors runs they feel in and with a color. I rooms I've designed. It's divided into
deep, and it's best to cut to the encourage them to go to museums two sections-neutral s and colors-
chase. If they're wearing black, you and look at paintings and see what and I fnd that people general ly fal l
could be in trouble! Once I know pleases them. I tell them to look into one camp or the other. I also
what their color preferences are, at an environment as art, and have lots ofpreassembled schemes
I choose a complementary color. explore what they feel in that space- offabrics and paint colors that I keep
Good color schemes always have happi ness, balance, flow from room in l ittl e bundles and throw down in
complementary colors to keep them to room. I never have prejudice front of them. They usually respond
from being too obvious. toward a color-it's all about the quite strongly to colors they l ike.
A great allblueand-white room wil l client. I've done spaces in all white, Ifal l that fail s, I have a retail store,
have a fll ip ofanother color to set and found that to be as colorful as and I walk people through it. They
it off-coral or spring green come any other. I don't play with paint chips. can say, '1 like this, don't like that:
immediately to mind. Often the A color is very different in a 2-by-2- whi le they're touching and feeling
compl ementary color will be from inch square than in a whole room. something-it's a more natural way
the opposite spot on the color wheel. The key is to see the color in context offguring out color preferences."
You can then do variations on it." ofpeople and their environment."
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Could your l ove life use a boost? How
about your bank account? All right,
then. Have you tried feng shui? It's an
ancient Chinese practice that's al l about
bal ancing energy in your home, and one
of the easiest ways is with color. I ts basic
tool is the Bagua, a map that delineates
ni ne areas of your home and relates
them to major aspects of your life\
Think of the grid as your house-or as
a room. The Front Mi ddl e is the entrance.
To make more money, rev up the Rear
Left area by adding the color purple; to
i mprove your health, add yellow to the
Middle. For perfectly balanced energy i n
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THREE OF THE BEST TELL YOU HOW TO ARRIVE AT INSPIRED COLOR CHOICES" ,
"Three things guide us: the
"Natural ly, I survey the
people who live there, the
surroundi ngs, the vistas,
spaces themselves, and
the architecture, But
geography. The white you'd
use in California is not the
then I al ways ask people
same white you'd use in New
how they want to feel
York City. I f we succeed, color
i n a space, because col or
isn't the frst thing people
is such a powerful heal er,
notice when they walk in-it's
It can transform your
just part of a total realization
emotional l i fe for the
and gets absorbed into the
atmosphere and emotion of
better, Isn't that what
the space." |ife's al l about?"
DOHALO KAUFMiN
DONALDKAUFMAHCOLORHEWVOR
donaldkaufmancolor.com
ELLENKENNON
FULL5PECRUMFAlH5
ellenkennon_com
CREATIVITY &
CHILDREN
, \1 1 1)).1.1; 1I1(il1T
"My frst conversation isn't with the
client, it's with the house: What's
the fenestration? What does it look
onto? How high are the ceilings? How
large are the rooms? What's the
flooring? Is the overall style Georgian?
Contemporary? Mediterranean?
Modern? All these things lead to a
mood, an atmosphere. And I don't
jump from mood to mood. For me,
the satisfaction comes when doors
are open and you see pieces of
wall relating to other pieces of wall
relating to hal lways relating to larger
spaces. There should be a continuity
that feels like a single voice.
SCOFLAX
ARCHlECTURALCOLORCON5ULAN,
SANAMOHlCA,CA

C\ I , \ I I .'C COI DHS


HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM TO FEEL?
"I was looking for a eu1ur
that was as honest as E.n.
Whi!e and as inspiri ng
as Carl Sandburg, and it
touk mcagcs lofnd.1
went through many that
were too strongortoo
insipid, too feminincor
too masculine. This is
t hccolorofa deep breat h
in carly spring, a true
graybluc, like I he
gutters in Paris. It dries
lighter than it looks in
the can. 1nd this is the
genius of it-it never
feels cold, even in the
north light of Maine."
ALLORYMAH5HALL
MURALOPAlN5
DAYDREAM P38O
M['VC had more people
say, 'wh;! in the world
is this colorf I've got to
usc it: It's defnitely
green, an earlhy green
beige. There's a I inge of
yellow in it. You need 10
hllVc one anchor color
thai you can pul every
thingc1se against. This
would bethecalming
force. and then you
could bring in some
thing risky like red or
orangeor purple."
5U5AN NOBLEJONE5
VAL5PATOAU5TONL319-2
"This is a lovely pale
green. d rcamy and
soothing. that worked
really well for a young
couple's master
bedroom. And I love
the nameoftheeulor
celery sa It is I he secrct
ingredient in my
Uloody <arys!"
El55ACULLMAN
LNJAMlNMOORL
CLLLRY5AL938
"This reminds me ufthe
lightest color inside
ashc1l-a littlcwarmer
than while. It makes me
thinkofdays i n India
after a cup orlea on I he
terrace and then a nap. It
wuuld tur a bedroom
into a lovely Treat. lts
thecuziness that's
calming. II takes away
the buzz in your head
after a hard day's work.H
JENNlFERGARRlGUES
BLNJAMlNMOORL
5LA5HELLOC-J2D
Serenity. Tranquillity. Doesn't that
sound wonderful after a long
day? Here are the colors you'l l always
want to come home to.
" 1 thin! or this as
ccladon 01" blanc de
chine,ll's thl' culm
of watt 1i na bathtub,
ofthc palttal"l'
morning sk\. \'hell
-ou look at it on a chip
it's not \'try cxcit i ng,
bul on(( it's up on the
walls it reflccts itself
and bccomcs richer.
OICOUl's{, it's not just
the (0101"011 the \\'all,
but how \ou (xpand
that idea i ntt the rug
and the upholster\.
You want subllc \'aria
tions on the samc hut.
to maJe it calming."
BARBARABARRY
BLNJAMlNMOORL
OVLRCA5TOC-A
"This is oneoflhose hard
lo-pin-down colors,
conjuring up woodland
st reams and wet clay
and summer shadows
and grecnbaek trout.
Actually, it'slhecolor
of most of my fshing
gear. It's wonderful on
old wickeroreabin
floors. It would make
a beautiful dining room
with dark wood furni-
t ure and blue-and-white
Canton ware."
ROBlNBELL
FARROW&BALL
CARDROOMGREEH79
" l lovecolorSlhatchange
wilh the light. This is
the palest apricot-il can
look white during Ihe
day and thenasthcsun
goes down il gets I his
warm rose blush. It's
beachy, it'swarm,and
it'sagreat transition
color. I 've uscd it on
cathedral eei lings and
hallways and stairwells.
Jt goes with anything.
I noticed t hat my paint
store stocks il now. It's
taken over from Linen
White and Atrium While
and Antique \h ite."
LORlFELDMAN
BENJAMlHMOORL
UURANGODU5T2166D
"[ can't say it's aqua and [
can't say it'S gray. It 's in
the space between those
colors. It 's a very pale
blue, and blue is a color
that evokes calm. When
thec10uds c1earand the
sky displays its deplhs,
or water reflects and
distorts the Sky, il
fevea Is shades and hues
that defy description
but are deeply felt.lIlue
transports you inward
toa contemplative Slate."
MlCHAEL51MOH
5HLRWlHWlLLlAM5
TOP5AlL5W217
"This is a lovely pale blue,
so fainllhat it brings
Ihcsky into the room.
It

5neither cold nor 100


blue. Instead, it simply
adds a crisp back
ground fora c'lming
sleepora restful read.
Ilawwoven silks in blues
or soft whites react well
10 this shade. Surpris
ingly, to get the most
outofa blue-and-white
scheme, every room
needs a serious hit of
black. r suggest glossy
doors orebonized
furniture."
STEVENGAMBREL
BLHJAMlNMOORE
lCL8LRG 21225D
.. I fell in love with purple
when Iwastravelingin
Germanyand sawlhese
huge fields of heat her.
This is very tranquil and
serene-a grayed-down
violet, nol too sweet. It's
an unusual color becausc
at different times of day.
it changes and can look
almost bcigeorgray.
Great with creams and
vani lias. Throw in a choc
alate brown fordimen
sion. 1t can also hold its
ownwilhjcwcl tones."
SHERR\LLCANE
PRAT&L A MBER
5WEELADY3D-27
"In a l uxurious
home on a n isla nd
in the West
Indies, painLed
lheceilingofa
guesl bed room a
dreamy azure
blue. llousc
guests can drift
off to sleep under
the beautiful bl ue
Caribbean sky.
lL's a sooth i n
retreat from the
busy world you've
left behind."
GARYMcBOURNlE
BENJ A Nl NMOORE
BLUEWAVE106S'SO

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COZY COI DHS
HLYL L YOU YANTYOUR ROOM TO FEEL?
Humblc Gold has stich
warmth on a gray winler
day. lljusl snuggles i11l0
YOII. Therearc so many
colors in il-gold.yellow.
pink, rcd. That littlc
blush bringsoul lhe
rosincss in yourcheeks
when you comc in from
I hecold. II's not a sharp
color. That's whal makes
it cozy and invil ing. So it
welcomes YOll 3nd
makes you lookbcauti
ful at Ihesame time.
What more C3n you want
froracolor"
MARSHALLWASON
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
HUMBLGOLDSW638D
library gets no lighl,
took advantage of
thedisadvantage and
paintcd it this deep blue
green. II 's a restful color,
kind of an ancient color.
YOIIsec it i n themedieval
tapestriesattheCluny
Museum. Nowevery
body gravitates to my
dark,cozy room. And
thecolorworkswith
anything-Oriental
rugs, African pillows.
Islamic textiles."
STEPHANlESOKES
FAROW&BALL
CLAYDOHBLUE87
"This is about atmosphere.
II's a really sof shadeof
green-a pale. palesagc.
Very soothing. lt'sa
Donald Kaufman color,
which means it will h!
different depend ingon
Ihe light, and t hat makes
it interesting. I like it
witha muted paisleyor
oneofthosc tea-stained
English linens made
by Hobert Kimeor
Bennison."
PARlC1AHlLL
UOHALUKAUFMANCOLOR
UKC-11
Ian allwhite house, J'll
often doone room, like
the study orthe TV room,
t hat's a tolal reversal. J'll
paint it very dark, like
I his espresso brown, so
you have a completely
different feeling. Da rk
nesscrcates intimacy.
Witha big daybed that
works for two, yOll can lie
down and walch a movie.
Ilring in dt'p blues and
reds. Actually, every
color looks good with it."
FRANKLlHSALASKY
BENJAMlHMOORL
MU6TAHG2JJJ-3D
me, euzy isadark
colur like this green,
withjusl a trace of blue.
It's the colorofthe grcen
baizc duorin anold
English country house.
Cuzyneeds 10 bcsmall.
int i mate, a place where
you can curl up with a
d rink by the fire. Dark,
rich colurs actually
ra ke me feci introspec
tive. llring in some deep
wood tones and a bit uf
gilt forsomesparkle.
MlCHAELWHALEY
BEHJAMlNMOORE
GARDEHLUCUMBER4
Youknow the kind of roomswe're
talking about: warm, intimate,
homey. Wrap yourselfin colors that
comfort you.

RedsnotacoIor
forsissies,butou
can`tgo vrongvith
thisgoodorange
redthatreminds
meofcarvedcinna-
barboxesfrom
China.| t`svarm
andcheerfuIvith
chintz.LIadda
coatofgIossfora
Iacqueredeffect
andtheroomviII
!eeI IikeagIamor-
ouseveIbox.Go
outandbutvo
buckets ofrcdand
changeourvorId
inaveeend
TODDALEXAHDERROMANO
FARROW&ALL
BLAZER21 2
KThis wonderful warm
tan is al most the colorof
dried wheat. What
makes it so pretty is the
way it reacts to light.
When the sun hits it, it
glows, and on a rainy
day it casts a nice kind
ofco'ywarm shadow on
the room. This isn't a
get -exei ted bout color.
but it's a terrific back
ground. Verycalming
in a bedroom. Great in a
sitting room with
almond-colored suede
orgray flannel and, if
you need an accent, a
plummylinen."
MlCHAELROBER5OH
8ENJAMlHMOORE
POWElLBUFHC-6
1 "'l'hl, I" beautiful deep
inky green. Useit i na
high-gloss. oil-based
paint-first prep thewalls
so they're absolutely
smooth-and it will make
the most dismal room
fewarm and rich. I call
it the poor man's panel
ing.Great in a library, or
an entrance hal l where it
would make the living
room beyond seem
bigger, I ighter, brighter."
JOHN5ALADlNO
MARIN-5ENOUR
MARET6OUARETAVERN
"At frst glance. this i sa
soft grayish putty. Thtn
its golden undertones
unfold as it catches the
light and it radiates with
warmth. It's like pale
ashes with hidden
embers glowing beneath
them. It'sanold warmth,
and the color is ahvays
changing. It reminds me
of buildings in an ancient
city as the late-day sun
movesacrossthem."
TDRlGOLUB
DONALDKAUFMAHCOLOR
UKC-82
.. .-I" Connect icut,
I'm at theepicenterof
the stone-wall world.
If you start looking at
the walls. you see an
infnite varietyofcolor.
This warm, neut ral gray
has just a hint of green
in it, likt tht grten fuzz
on weathered stone.
It's kind ora classic look,
easy to livewith. It
doesn't work so hard U
bei ngcozy, like those
hot rcdsand orangts. It's
more laid-back. Whites,
creams, and blues arc
beautiful with it."
BlRCH COFFEY
BLHJAlv1lNMOORE
NANTUCLTGRAYHC-11 1
that's inherently cozy.
It just takes you in and
en,"c1ops you in a way
othercolors don'I. lIut
it's a dificult color to
get right. Either it gets
very rusty or it becomes
too saturated and bright.
But this has enough
blue in it so it doesn't go
into fre-engine mode.
II's a refned rcd. It
makes you feel special.
I know I'll have a scintil
lating conversat ion in
a red room_"
CHRl5TOPHERMAYA
fARROW&BALL
RECORYRED217
tsavndrevlIoyd
Vebber`smusicroon,
andnovI vantto
ainteverythngthis
coIor.It'satrue
ta ngerineora nge,and
theynusthaveuta
squirtofburntumber
i nthegIaze,because
i t'sIikeanicotine
stan.ttIooksoIdand
richandvarm.The
roomgIovs.t`Iike
havingafabuIous
ashninascarf
vraedaroundyou.
Ofcourse,ithe!sthat
there'saUieIace,|vo
grandianos,Aubus-
sonrugs,veIvetsolas,
and Frenchdoorsout
tothegarden.
MYRAHOEER
RALPHLAURENPAINT
CALllORNlAP!FFYGH17D

COLOHS TO . I . \ 1 \ F :
YOL I EEI , COOl )
HLYLLYOU YANTYOUR ROOM TO lLLL^

Istarted out as a
painter, rind I'd
always add
purple to other
colors to give
them depth and
richness. Laven
der reflects light
well, which is
why you see it all
over
"
Sea nd |na
vi a. In the depth
of winter, it's a
very cheerful
color to walk
into."
PETRVAUGHN
BLH1AMlNMOOFE
5PR!HGIRI5J42
"Right now I'm i n my
offce looking out at this
feld where horses graze,
and the sun has tured
the grass t his rich,
vibrant yelluwy green.
and it just looks so
happy to me. Happy
isn't about being
cCSlal ie 311 the time. It 's
about fccli ng good. and
when J sec t his color I
feci al ive and grounded."
ROBERTSlLlN
lARROW&BALL
COOK!HGAFPLLGRLLH32
"It's hard togct yellow
right-usually it's too
green or too red or
too muddy. IlUI this is
nice and clear, without
being shrill. I fit's OL
vivid, ii's like living in
anomclctte."
JOHNYUN!5
FlHLFAlHT5OfLUROPL
5UHNY5lDELANE7D1<
We can't think of anything more
uplifting than clear yellow, real
red, restful blue. These are the colors
that make designers smile.
"This is a pale teal, a
really lo\'cly neoclassi
cal color Ihat goes
with high heels and
beautiful carrings and
lG sctsof china. But it's
abo sassy and romantic.
II reminds me ofsitti ng
on I he beach someplace
and having t hat wonder
ful wa iter core up
and say, 'Now, what
wouldyoulikd'"
MARYDOUGLASDRYSDALE
BLHJAMlNMOORE
JAMAlCAHAOUA2A86D
"1I's an ahlilloolor, a pale.
ethereal bluewilh
a touch ofperiwinklc.
Completely upl ifting
like float ingon a cloud
surrounded by fluffy
down pillows. As soon as
you walk in, you feel
thcweightoftheworld
is lifed from your
shoulders.H
JAMlEDRAKE
BEHJAMlHMOORE
WHlTL5ATlH2677
This is a real red, a truc
red thaI's nol l rying
to be anythingclse but
red. I used it in my
living room and il never
fails to gel a reaction.
I once had somcone
look at the color and
say, '[ wish I could go
through life wit h thcse
walls beh ind me.'''
MATTHEWPATRlCKSMYTH
PRA&LAM8LRT
VlNTAGLCLARLT3-T3
"It's a funny combi
nation ol'pink
and red and coraL
Colors in that
ra nge a rc very
sti mulat i ng
good lutconversa
tion, they keep
people's minds
going. ( l looks
luscious in a satin
fnish. You can
ra ke most colors
happy if you pUl
enough sheen in
the paint."
LlBBYCAMRON
BHIJ A MlNMOOR
MlLANORLU 1313
I-"'yb,d,'m isdelphin-
blue. What I like
about the color is that
it's cool, restful-there's
a sense of depressuriz
ing. Ifyou're i na bad
mood, it's not a color
that intensi fies t he
condition."
A LEXlORD AN
BLNJA MlNlooR(
RJVlRAZUR22
isn'tbcigeaswe
thinkofbeigU-so
boring. This has warmth
and depth. It's a very
sophisticated color that
makes me feel good,
and I know I look g
against it.w
THOMA5GUNKEMAN
BENJAMIN MOOR
BLEEKERBElGHC8D
"Sweet Dreams is likell
hug. I know that sounds
sappy. but this is the
perfeet nice. Lomfort
ableblue.withjust
enough gray, and just
enough robin'segg,atld
jusl enough teal. I'aint
any room with this and
it becomes the happiest
room in yourholsC
bUI nol i nl clownish,
perky way. My kind of
happy mCllS serenity
and at mosphere."
O A VlOMlTCHELL
BNJAMlNMOORL
5WEETDRE A . 547
"This is the color ofa
pistachio nut-a clear,
sharp yellow-green with
nosadnessin it at all.
l uscd it in a showhousc
for Kips Bay and there
wasn't a person who
eameinwhodid not
smile.
SUSAN2lSEGRN
M.VERNON(srAnOF
COLOUR51FlNLP A JNT$
OfLUROPE
1tMON5lRRUPMV7D
"II's the eolorofafteT'
noon light-thatend-of
Iheday moment when it
feels warm and mellow
and e\'erything has
aglow. I'm thinking
Sardinia, in some beau
I iful house right on the
rediterranean, and
wc're sitting outside
and cat ing fgs offthc
trce with a bottle of
whitewine.
5ARABNGUR
DONALDAUFl4A NCOLOR
OKC-3O
"
"
SF , \Y COl DBS!
HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM O lLLL^
MChi nest lacquer red
reminds meofopiulTI
dens. Hong Kong, and
19th-century English
men whowcnton a
bender in the South
China Sea and never
came back again. This
deep wet red is a
luscious, \'olupl IOS
fever d ream. Slicked
ontodilling room walls,
it's exciting and provoc
ative-and nirtation
ovcrdinncr is my favor
ite form of sexiness."
KAHRYNN!. lRELANO
BEN1AIHMOORL
HLRlTAGLRLOLYT. RM
Ia white bedroom
with navy blue fabrics,
I painted thcccilinghot
pink. Whcnyou're lying
in bcd, there's nothing
likca reflective wash of
pink to make your
entire body look warm
and sexy, head totoe.
It's a great seduction
trick, kind of like
wearing lingerie under
at rench coat."
MARYMcDONALD
RALPHLAURLHPAlH
5LDONAPlNGH1AD
; ,
looking into the deep
teal-blue water. There's a
certain sexiness you feel
on yourskin when you're
out on a boat in the SlI
and the breeze, relaxed
and loose. When I walk
intoa room painted this
color, I'm completely
transported. Suddenly
I'm floating in the
Aegean, bobbing up and
down with the waves."
MARSHALLWATSDN
5HERWIN-WILLIAM5
GULf5TREAM5W6768
""''h, ,,,;, ,' color, bar
none, i sa deepand
divinely decadent biller
sweet chocolate brown
in a high laC(Uered
finish. Dark, sumptuous
colors draw you in and
heighten the senses.
Chocolate, beingan
aphrodisiac, is a natural
choice lor an intimate
dini ng room, conducive
to flirtingandall the
goodstuffthat follows."
AMANDANlSBE
BENJAMlNMOORE
BlER5WEETHOCOLAL
2JJA-JD
.",""" ,11,"0" how many
compliments I've had on
thiscolor. lt looks like
taupeon thechip, but it
actually has an amethyst
undertone when it' up
on thewalls. I love it with
gorgeous textured silks
and velvets and antique
silver mirrors. It makes
everything soft and
sensuous. I haven't tried
it, but I think I'd look
good naked in that room."
HALWlLLlAM5OH
BLNJAMlHMOORL
DRlF5CAPEAN21U6-5O
What's your idca of scxy?
Forbidden and dangerous,
smoky and sophi sticated, warm
and earthy? Do it with color . . .
BIackisdramatic
anddaring.lthas
thatIovbidden
quaIit,vhichis
ivresistibIe.J think
oFsexbIatknegIi-
geesandFastbIack
cars.Avoom
aintedbIackisa
Iacevhereou
canteIIsecrets.The
semigIosslnish
givesitanedge,Iike
atentIeathev,and
makesevevthing
o.Youhavetooe
vevconhdentto
usebIack,andthat
kindofconhdence
isverattractive."
NANCYBO52HARDT
BLN1AMlNMOORL
LACK5ATlN 2J3J-JC
"on,p" with lVO)oung
boyswantcd laput
sume mojo back into
their bedroom, soon
Drr::My^e:t,my show
on the Style Network, I
designed a new room for
them with gunmctal
gray walls-a colorthat
\US smoky. sexy. and
sophist iealed. "atching
wail-la-wail c:lrpcting,
china-wh ite accents,
popsofrcd. candles.
rich woods, and sophis
ticated silks make it a
lovely luvedcn. Maybe
their third will be a girl!"
THO, FILICIA
BENJAMINMOORE
GUNMETAL16O2
.p";,,,",l< h is rich.
exot ie red right onto
rough plaster walls in
a bathroom and added
Moroccan tile to create
a Moorish fantasy that
automatically makes
you want to shed your
c10thingand plunge
into a delicious rust
petal-scented bath. A
bath room should be at
least the second seKiest
spot in your house,
and th is eolorwill get
you into just the right
mood."
MARTYNLAWRENCE-BULLARD
fARROW" BALL
earthiness of a certain
version of orange-like
the inside ofaJapanese
persimmon. It 's not
loud or brash, and it'sa
beautiful backd fOp for
other sexy colors like
hot pink, chartreuse,
olive, a(IUI, and baby
blue. Almost anyt hi ng
looks good against it. II
has thequal ityof
embracing and holding."
JACKlETERRLL
LNJAMlNMOORE
AUTUMNORANGE2J56-1C
i is a deep, deep.
deep indigo blue.
There's something fuid
and mysterious about
t he color, which is part
of its allure. Picture a
paintbrush dipped in
I ndiu ink, and then t he
color it ma kes when you
plunge it into a glass of
water-a deep watery
blue, evocutive ofthe
sea, which is always
a sensual place for me.
I can imagine being
swept awuy. [" 'e used
this in an entrance hall
with loden green and
cinnamon and straw.
MILESREOD
fiNE PAINTS Of EUROPE
"It '5 thecolorof en nd Ie
I ight, or the late after
noon sun on a terrace in
Naples, when you've got
a glass of Pro see co in
your hand and everyone
has that relaxed, golden
glow. Nothinghas more
'Come hither' sexiness."
PETEROUNHAM
FARROW&BALL
DORSETCREAM68
"Think Brigitte
Bardot's pouty pink
lips. This pink i s
blushy, fleshy, not
too candy, It's got
that whole kind
of nude thi ng.
which is flattering
to both men and
women. Couple i t
with charcoal gray
and it becomes
very sophisticated.
It wou Id certain Iy
be one hot night i n
St.-Tl'Opez! "
LARRYLASLO
SHERWINWILLI.MS

COLOHS TI l . \T
' I E' 1 .\" E
HOW DO YLO WANT YLULLNL lLLL^
Mycurrcnt favorite, I
confess, is burgundy.
!or yeaTs it was consid
ered outmoded, but now
it looks fresh again. Try
lacquering the lis ufa
study in Farrow & Ball's
classic burgundy. and
contrast it with ivory.
painted buokcases and
creamy gloveleather
clubchai rs. Sochic.
Throw in a I'aul Evans
table or two and youjust
become thc hippest
manabolLttown.
MARTYNLAWRENCE-BULARO
FARAOW&BAlL
RAOICCHIO 96
men arc clueless
about color. If
r
ask a
man, 'What color is your
bedroom?' Hcsays.
'J havt: toask my wife.'
Thcystid:with safe
colors Ii kc blue a nd
brown and beige. But
they do like Ihis green.
II's ayellowy olive green,
more contempora ry
than dark hunter gr!cn.
I sce it in a library with
while woodwork and
crisp linen curtains."
MARlOBUATTA
BENJAMIN MOORE
^^
"Men arc open 10 a soft
yellow. When their
wives arc trying to do
something too pastelly,
they'll say, '!Iowabout
ycllowf J ean dea I with
yellow.' It'sc1assic,
nCllt ral, satc. J can'llcll
you how many yellow
living rooms ['vedone.
Thisi sa wonderful
butteryellow, a little
dirty, which takes the
girly part out of it.'
MARYMcDONALO
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
YELLOWHAMMER tHIDD
'At one point in life, every
body hasco\'etcd a camel
haircoat. It'sjust an
extremely flattering
color, alld camel-colored
walls arc warm alld soft,
yet very masculine.
Camel, with an under
pinningofyellow and a
slight bit of red, has much
morc lifcthall beigc.
which can go gray and
cold. Art looks greaton it.
Usccamcl as a foil forred
or bluc-tota llyc1assic."
THOMASJAYNE
BENJAMIN MOORE
CAMElBACK 1103
licut, client who's a
conservative guy, we
painted his library
a vibrant shadcoftur
quoiseygreen-a
modern twist on a
classic tradil ion. And
thclI wedid all the
woodwork in high-gloss
black. Verychic,yet
totally rasculine-
I ike a twotone Ilugatti
from thc 19205."
JAMlEDRAKE
BLNJAMlHMOORE
ARUBA SLUE 204830
Pink?! Yes, pink . . . even though they
might not want to admit it. Designers
reveal 1_col orful ways to please a guy.
"This dark, warm, rieh
bronze is very, very
sexy. Strongand
maseu line, yet it
doesn'tshout. ltcan
take any room rrom
casual tosophisti
cated. 11 works really
well with metal Iur|-
ture. I've put purple
and lavender, yellow
and orange up
against it, and they
really set each other
orr. A nd a J work
looks amazing on
dark walls."
PHlLlPNlMMO
BENJAMlNMOORE
NORnl CREEK BROWN 1001
sports team, Yellow and
purple, the lakers' colors,
arc thechoiccofevery
man in :.. .have even
done the felton a pool
table in yellow and purple.
You've got to keep the
guy happy, I n fact, I thin k
I should do a line of
fabrics-st ripes-based
on the colors offamous
teams."
PETER OUNHAM
BENJ"M'N MOORE
CITRUS BLAST 201B30
MYSTICAL GRAPE 207130
:.-a.-.lot of rooms
for men in paneled
wood and leather. Then
['II highl ight the back of
a bookcase with a bitof
lively coral. Men like that
color because it rcminds
them of so mething to
drink. Add an animal
print-Stark's Ocelot
ca rpet. Supe rmaseul i ne
and comfortable. A nd
my theory is that a
woman looks her best in
a room that fits a man
likea glove. Think Grace
Kelly andJimmy Stewart
in Reor

I!^:idou

\Vow.
KEITH IRVINE
BENJAMIN MOORE
beach
in greens and blucs and
sandycolors,and the
husband kept trying to
throw i n some orange.
I said, 'No, no, no. I'm
on Iy using colors you
can sec around here.' So
he invited me over for
cocktails one night and
took me 10 thewindow
when thesun was
setting. SedWhat
about thatf'"
PHOE8E HOW"RO
8ENJAMIN MOORE
SOFT PUMPKIN 2166.0
"I had a client, a very
elegant man in his seven
tics, who requested
a pink bedroom. He
wasa widower, and it
reminded hi mofhis
wife, [ think men like
pink more than they're
willing toadmit. [ have
a pink living room with
zebra-upholstered doors.
Men tend to like warm
colors. This pink has a
happyca rnation quality
in brightsunlightand
getsmoreglowyand
dusty at night."
MILES REDO
FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE
COlONIAL ROSE 710n
any man what his
Favorite color is and
he'll probably say
bll1e. l1's a t hOl1ghtful
color. There's a
mystery to deep, deep
indigoblue.lt's
calming. Beautiful ill
a bedroom-it helps
promote sleep. I love
itwi!hgoldsand
burnished metallics.
1\ 's lim it less. Your
mindean roam
anywhere in blue,"
ClOO"OH
BENJAMIN MOORE
MIDNIGHT NAVY 206710
MenIovehuntev
gveen,navybIue,
tIaretvedanything
associatedvith
hunting,gambIing,
andothevmanIy
uvsuits.Dining
voomsaretvadition-
aIIyved,andthisis
thevedoftheviding
jacketsinBvitish
huntingvints,the
vedoFthevovevbiaI
vedcoatsthemiIi-
tarymenevevyone
ventgagafot inane
Austen`sbooks.tn
additiontomaking
KittyBennet svoon,
vedconveysasense
ofvoyaIty.Vhat
man doesn't vant
tobekingofhis
ovn home"
ALEXA HAMPTON
BENJAMIN MOORE

COLOHS TO . I . \ 1 \ F :
YOL I DOl , YOL.CEH
HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM TO lLLL^
pink. What other
colors do you know that
start with 'hotf' Iot
pink makes me feci
ready loeha-cha. J think
ohinnins. poppies.
bougainvillea, straw
berry souffle, and sassy
skirts. It's vibrant and
alive. open to possibili
ties. Why don't you high
gloss yourdrcssing room
or bathr(rn Who needs
Starbucks aftcrthat?"
CHARlOTU MOSS
BENJAMIN MOORE
RAZZLE DAZZlE 134b
"This is the green you
thought you would hate,
hut then you get it upon
the wall and you love it.
It's a sour apple green
with a 101 of yellow in it,
a litllccdgyandoffbcat,
as ifit had been injected
with Superman's kryp
tonite. [ used it ill my
own bedroom and it
ra kes me feel energct ic.
It's unexpected-like
reetinga new persoll
every time [ walk in."
ALISON SPEAR
BENJAMIN MOORE
EVE GREEN 2024-20
h[ grew upon the south
west (oast of Scotland.
and the sea was almost
this color-a gray blue
with green undertones.
[t 's a veryeasycolorto
throw things into. a good
background forfabrics
in pink, orange. taupe.
or mustard yellow. This
is one of mybasics. II
holds memories for me,
and memoriesllndold
friends keep me young."
KATHRYN M. IRELAND
FARROW& BAll
PALE POWDER 204
.-.;bI' red, a
Ferrari red, And after
arriving i n my Ferrari,
[ could see mysc1fin
a red library sipping
on Champagnewhile
['m wearing my red
Valeminogowll, fled is
gutsy and chic, Red is
the color of love and
passion, And after you
dance the night away.
you can be any age!"
MILLYDECABROL
SHERWINWlllIAMS
REAL RED 5bbb
"Well. in t he dark we're
all swimsuit models, but
with the I ights on. Chris
Rollinson's 20 puts a
little blush in sa 1I0w
ski n tones, I t 's a canta
loupe gc1atocolor. zesty
and soothi ng at the
same time. rfitcould
a Iso f rm up a fewbody
parts. [ would paint my
whole apart men!!"
CElERIEKEMBlE
ROlliNSON HUES
CAPRI SAND 2O
Fourteen colors that could put plastic
surgeons out of business: Is that a
stampede we hear at the paint store?
"Look at all lhose
womell who
sudden]y become
blonde and
blonder as they
get older. Lighter,
brightcr colors
light up \our face,
This i sa warm
Pro\J,ul yel low
with a bit ofochcf
in it. It lifts your
spirits and rnakes
you smilc, and
'
(wryone looks
their best
with a smile."
MARCY MASTERSON
FARROW& BAll
CITRON 7A
"As a woman you gener
ally t ry tu cover the gray,
but on walls it looks
really fresh. I love a dove
gray paired withwhite
lacquer molding. It's a
cooler, more modern
neutral that works with
everything.Hcan be
loaded upwith brights,
or toned down wit h
patels. Combine it with
meta Ilics or black and
wh ite fora graph ic look.
I even like it i n a kid's
room, with Very Lemon
or Mily Lavender."
CYNTHlAROWLEY
MYHICPAlNT
MIOWINTER 135.
VERY LEMON 0633
MISTY LAVENDER 1253
"Bright Yclluwreminds
me of nursery school,
where I was picked as
chiefdishwashcr after
milk andcoukics. It
should comewilh a
warning label because it
cou ld provoke scizu res
inthewrongatmo.
sphere. What I love
about it is you can't be
in a bad muod around it.
I I would look great in
a bathroom, a hallway,
even on a ceiling. I f
you don't want tofccl
as ifyou"re st ill in
nursery school, usc it
with graphite gray fura
more sophisticated look."
AMANOANlSBET
BEN/AMIN MOORE
BRIGHT YELLOW 20n30
. , forsure.Men,
women, everybody
looks happy and healthy
in red. Yourskin glows.
Historically, there's
Chinese red, Iompcian
red. A merican.fiag red.
Su many cultures have
embraced it,and they
can't all be wrong.
I've never done a home
wit huut a touch of red .
It sparks up a room
and gives it life."
ALE55ANDRABRANCA
f"RROW& B"LL
INCARNADINE 248
i i sa facepowder
pin k that ma kes every
thing that's gray and
sallow look plump and
rosy. It's that browny
pin k you sec in those
John Fowler rooms that
I love so much, with
William Kent consoles
and everylhing uphol.
stered in cut tony while
and a marble bust
tupped with a straw hat.
That combinat iun of
grandeur. coziness, and
wit is very glamorous,
and I thinkglaillour
makes you feci young
and fabulous."
MlLESREOD
FARROW& BAll
FOWLER PINK 39
At my age, there is no
colorlhat makes me look
younger. Onlyagoud
plastic surgeon could do
I hat. But Ihereare colors
that make mefelyounger.
In my mind, nothing
is as fresh and L'Vcriasting
as I hecombination of
blueand while. Thinkblue
skies with fluffy white
clouds. Dorothy'sginghlm
dress in ',lwrdo-

Parm3 Gray is asubtle blue,


best in a mattc finish with
white t rim and accents.H
CAROLYNEROEHM
FMROW&BALl
PARMAGRAY27
Youneverthinkou
COLI Id getavay
vithaco!orthis
strong,buthere's
hov.!Jon'|ain|
thcettireroom
nk ustor1eva!I.
lhisisagorgeous
eonink,vith
abitofrasbertyin
t.1hatunIeitone
isvhatkees
tfrom!ooking
sickeningIysveet
t!`saha,cheer-
tu!coIorthat
makeseverone
loo|.oung

e.
Eventhehouse!
5UZANNEKA5LER
GLIDDEN
CHECKERBERRY nRR 501260

COI DHS FOH


1 3LO'I )I S
HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR ROOM TO lLLL^
Carol Prisant, here OD
1Dewindow seat in the
llbraryof her NDD11D
l\EHl, l5UDClC~
@E\lClly51UCKCD
DUDDE@UlDK.
"I n the i nlerest of
full disclosure, I'd
have toadmit that
I love pink rooms
because, in my
innermost soul,
I'm still brunetle.
Remember 'blue
is ror blondes
and pinkis for
bru nettes' On
the other hand,
Diva, my nalu-
ra lIy blonde
Norfolk terrier,
looks wicked in
pink. And is + .
CAROLPRISANT
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
HI81SCUSGH133
|,''"",d,, loul; grc;lt in red
rooms and in chocolate
browns.lvcn in rooms
with paprikacolored
walls. Blondcsdon't eare
what color rooms they're
in anyway, 1'C3Use they
just want tohave fun!
And thcjoke'son me,
because ['m a blondc!
ALISON SPEAR
BENJAMlHMOORL
"camcl colors rna kc you
glow, and bottom linc,
whencver I wear pale
camel, pcoplcsay I look
great. So if I look good in
a color thcn I want il on
my walls, on my furi
ture,on myfloors"
CHARLOTTLMO55
BLHJAMlHMOORL
VElLUM 201
Which color is the best? We went
straight to the roots ofthe problem.
Here's what some (mostly blonde)
designers said.
"Being blonde isalmost
like bcing a candle, and
when you look espccially
great. you're a strutting
candle! Welookour
absolute bcst in what
I like 10Ihinkofas 'cool
heat': thc summer
colors-aqua. white.
pale blue, and cspecially
paleblush,
MlMlMcMAKlH
ARROW&BALL
PINKGROUHD22
a real blondc with
celadon cyes. So if you
want myhonest answer.
doyour room in any
color that makes you
fed Ii kc a star-blonde.
blonde. blondc, Think
about a color you can
grow old in, too-like a
soft, flattering gray,"
8ARCLAY fRYERY
fARROW& BALL
LAMPROOM GRAY88
"Well, blondesagainst
black backgrounds
seems 100 self-serving"
it's just so all about YOII !
But when you thinkof
the proverbial blonde,
)'OU thin k blue eycs. so
I prefer to see them
against clear blues:
duck egg blue or robin's
cgg, Especia Ily somc-
I hingeffervescent, with
a dear green base and
a crispness and clarity."
JEFFREY BllHUBR
BENJAM!NMOORL
lClHGOHTHLCAKL249-7D
"I love a pale, pale
pink. But not pure
pink. The nicest
pink is something
a little muddy,
someth i ng that
has a little laven
der n it, maybe.
And by the way, I'd
never paint my
walls as colorfully
as I dress-and
even in New York,
don't weal' black."
ANGLEPARLANGE
(WHO SPOKE WHILE GETTING
HIGHLIGHTS)
BENJAMIN MOORE
PAISLH PINK 1261
all depcndsonyouragc.
yourskin lone, nd
whet heror not you're a
natural blonde. But no
pale pinks. I fndthat
blundes in theSuuth like
blues, and incolder
climates. n..-s.Although
bcingin n. " rooms makes
you hungry, so maybe it's
just bigblondeswho
should havcrcd walls!"
ALE55ANORABRANCA
FARROW & BAll
RECTORY RED 217
I know, you arc the
firsl to ask me aboul this.
r
always tdl elients to
sded colors thnt mnke
them lock great. leron
ally, r luve a green with
some yellow in it, since
r
have green eyes and
blonde hair, but if you
think about blondes on
beaches and \hccolorof
the water. those blues
arc great tou."
)ANSHOWlRS
DONALD KAUFMAN COLOR
OC2S
" Oefi nitdy NOIthe
primary culors: reds.
greens, Dr blues. r like to
put blondes in rooms
that aredt her whitc or
light blue."
JENNIFERPOST
BENJAMIN MOORE
SUMMER LIME 2026-60
"I'm not going to say the
obvious-peach-su I
guess I'd have to vote fUf
a sort of pale robin's egg
blue. On thewhule,
though, blondes
shouldn't be nea rly as
concerned with what
eulor they look good in
as t hey should be with
watching out fortheir
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RALPH LAUREN PAINT
SUNWASHEO BLUE IB82
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(albeit a highl ightcd
one). [ think we look
better in rooms that
feflect our dark and
mysterious nature.
This is aJohn Singer
Sargent brown with a bit
of gray in it. which
makes it more interest
ing. He loved using dark
bad:grounds in his
portraits. A bedroom in
this color would be
soothing, restful, and
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for con! rast. I'd SEthis
clusivcshcll pink un
thcccilingand trim."
MADELINE STUART
BHIJAMIN MOORE
TOP(fATAUPE1463
BRIDE TO BE 1009
"[ love t he way t his soft
blush diffuses the I igh!
and makcsyourskin
seem flawless. H's like
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offlesh. The perfect
backdrop for a brunette,
because it highlights
that reddish undertone
and makes dark hair
look rich and regal. And
it st rikes t he perfect
balance, toned down
enough to bea neut ral
but definitely there
like: great perfume."
OARBARA BARRY
BEtlJAMltI MOORE BASHFUL 1171
"This apricot reflects on
yourskin 10 make you
look hea Ithier and more
yout hful. Who in I heir
right mind wouldn't
want thal 1\ has mu It i
pic pigments, so it I ran
sit ions during the day
and takes on a richer
hue at night. I've used it
in livingrooms,dining
rooms, bedrooms-with
celadon, muted blues,
cocoa browns.orcrcams."
SU2ANtETUCER
BEtlJAMIN MOORE
GLOWING APRICOT 165
"There's something about
pink skin and brown hair
and a pale blue bedroom.
II's very flattering toa
brunette, I'll tell you,
being brunette myself
atone time. Ieople look
great against outdoor
colors. and Ihis is a sky
blm: with a touch of
green, like a robin's egg
but even paler. Use it
with linen whitewood
work and a blue-and
white toile."
MARIO BUATTA
BENJAMIN MOORE
CRYSTALBLUE 205170
"' ,h,;,,' red is a sexy color
for brunettes. Wecan
Imndle strong colors
that would cat upa
blonde. This is more
ofa blue red than a
tomatocyeountry red.
It's su It ry and sophisti
cated. guaranteed to
hringout theDita von
Teese in anyone."
MARY McDONALD
FINE PAINTS OF EUROP 7195
What's the most flattering color
for a brunette? Well, let's see: Do you
want to look sexy, mysterious, soft,
youthful, rich, regal?
"Who said blondes
have more fu n .
Don't believe it. We
brunettes arc so
much more versa
tile. \vccan swing
with any color,
likc this lavender.
It's neither old
fash ioned nor too
crisp. Totally relax
ingtolivcwith.
tuse itas a ncutral,
with brown mohair,
white duck, dark
plum linen. Mahog
any furniture
looks great in
thesc rooms, and
sodowe."
WHITNEY STEWART
C2 PAltlT
PROVIOENCEC26264
In Mediterranean
cultures, you sec a lot
of brunettes and U101 of
orange. This is vibrant
and happy, yel tOiled
down wil h a l ill Ie brown,
so it feels nalural.
YoloColorhouse pai nts
arc environmentally
friendlywilh no VOCs
and a warm. earthy
pa lette. I 'm I hinki ngot"
using Ihis in Illy bath
room, ora sitting room
with lots of books . Bring
in lurquoise, yellow,
red-the brighter, the
beller-so Ihey play off
eachother.
SARABENGUR
YOLOCOLORHOU5E
PEAL,U1
I of us brunettes,
whet her Asian, African
A meriean. or Ihat brown
eyed girl Van Morrison
sangabout, have one
thing to be grateful for.
When was the last time
)ouheardofadumb
brunettcfThere's not
a color we can't usc, and
we'll always be better
with more of it. Take this
geisha-mouth, cayenne
pepper red-something
a hummingbird swoons
toward . It just howls to
be painted on a floor
somewhere. Your own
rcdcarpet."
MALLORYMARSHAll
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

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Italian to usc orange.
Thin k of those luxury
brands with orange
logoS-l-Icrmcsand
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on aceiling. with cream
walls. Oryollcollid get
that faded Tuscan
feeling by using it as a
wash in thelivingroom.
A lacquered orange
library wit h black book
shelves would be tOlally
sensational. Super
modern. supcrehic.
MlllVOECABROL
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
IAJAORANGEI1I62
| LU1 think ofa better
room fora brunette
than l'larry's Barin Flor
ence, with begonia pink
walls and d3 rk wain
scoting. The tablecloths
and napki ns arc the
same pink with a hint of
blue in it, which makes
it a tad cooler. llieh
colors are really flatter
ing to brunettes. while
blondesjust fade away.
But stay away from
sweet, or anything that
looks like it would be
appropriate for Easter."
JARRETHEDBORG
BENJAMIN MOORE
TRULPlNK2DD3-4D
" what makes a dark
haired woman look good
i sa glow of color. This
soft, sensual peach has
thc romanceofeandle
light and thewarmthof
cashmere. Jfawoman
paints her bedroom this
color, a man mightthillk
it's too femininc unt il
hc's in it. But Ihen he
would feci enveloped and
embraced, warm, COZY,
takcn care of-all those
things people like to feel."
SUSAN ZSS GREEN
BENJAMIN MOORE
PLRKYPEACH2J2-5D
"I'm completely
in love with
these paints, orig
inally made for
Le COl'busier and
mixed with pure
artist's pigments,
so you get these
super-satu rated
jewel tones. This
is the color of
garnets, rubies,
Japanese maple
leaves, that red
dress you weal' on
a frst date that
rea lly sizzles. see
it in a dining room
with red wine, a
fve-course meal,
candlelight, and
twinkling glasses."
AMYlAU
KTCOLOR

"Jv bedroom is chocolate bro\n
ad blue they make me feel
grounded--and in the rest of the
apartment twent for blacks,
grays, and shades ofyellow-\ith
a little red thrown in for punch.
Most clients would not have let
me do this."
ERIC COHLER
SO%fARROW& BALL SUOSURYYELLOW 51
50% BENJAMIN MOORE SIMPLY WHITE OC117
NaLurals
Naturals return to decorating every few decades
as reliably as Halley's Comet. Their moment has come
again, but in a new way: sophisticated and global,
often hitting a spiritual note. When you think natural
now, think beyond brown.
IN THIS CHAPTER:
COLORS FROM THE GARDEN
THE COLORS OF SUMMER
101 COLORS FROM NATURE
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NATURALS
4
COLOHS FHO. I Ti l E
C. \ HI )E.
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effect ina garden as well
as a room. It 's the pretti.
est eolur, su intense.
.11 intense color can sl ill
be soft as long as it has
a few shadows in it.
This is a peaceful. late
evening blue."
DAN CARITHERS
BENJAMIN MOORE
wavers between blue and
lavender, a color you see in
delphinium and hyacinth.
It reads as blue on the
wall, but the lilac under
tones warm it up and make
it more soothing. used it
in a master bedroom with
a vlewofSan Francisco
Bay, and on a sunny day i t's
almost robin's egg blue.
In the fog it tUl'ns a soft
blue-gray."
KENDALL WILKINSON
BENJAMIN MOORE
IETSTREAM61.
What could be more beautiful than
the colors ofa bud, a blossom, a leaf?
Step into the garden with these
designers for a littl e inspiration.
h,,,,"'paint a powder
room i n the hot pin k of
a Gerbera daisyf There's
nothing more chic than
hot pink walls with a
white marble floor and
countcrtop.
r
wou Id usc
this i n high-gloss
laequcr, because it 's ail
abollt shine today.
RANDAll BEALE
BENJAMIN .. OORE
PEO'V 207930
r
have i glories
climbing over a IMtice
obelisk painted this
wonderfu I silvery sage
green. Gert rude Jekyll
always painted her
garden rurnit ure this
color-an interesting
change rrom white. It
rem inds me orlavender
leaves, which takes me
right to the sout h of
France, and who would
want to be anywhereclse
MICHAEL WHALEY
8ENIAMIN MOORE
CEDAR GROVE 44
'"If you look into a calla
I ily, you'll sec I hose
little pollen stems in
exactly th iscolor-
a golden yellow with a
I itt Ie apricot and peach
to take orfthe edge.
Pure yellow wal ls can
start bOllnci ng orr
each other and bOllnce
you right out orthe
room. This is more
subtle, and would work
equally well i na modern
space or a French
country I ivi ng room."
KENNHH BROWN
BENIAMIN MOORE
STRAW215'-50
"I wanted that
milky gray
green you sec on
lamb's ears, with
an undertone of
silver as the light
hits it. Even ill
winter, i t keeps
that ethereal,
dreamy feeling.
And one day I'm
going to Hnd
a place for the
pi n k, because
I love thecombi
nation of pink
and gray-green."
JAMUSWAN
PRAT&.LAMBER
PEARLWHlTE2929
ROSA lEE 113
"This is a very serene
pink. the color ofn old
French rose called
Cuisse de Nymphe,
which translates as t he
thigh ofa nymph. So
charming. And every'
body looks good against
pink-that's why men
wear pink shirts."
ANN DUPUY
FARROW& 8ll
PINKGROUN0202
"My wisteria ne\'er
bloomed until t his year,
when it went absolutely
crazy and gave me
a whole new way of
lookingat lavender.
There's no reason why
YOl couldn't usc th is
pale lilac in a living
room, with brown and
white fabric, or navy
blue. Very sophist iested."
PATRICIA HEALING
BENJAMIN MOORE
FRENCHLI LAL1403
.....,...like I hose
dancing orange nastur
tiums that climb and
spill and ramble all over
Ihe gardcn. But I'd only
use it i na low dose, as
an accent color behind
a bed oron a wall in
a beach house. a la
Barragan. 01 herwise it
would be overpowering."
AMYLAU
BENJAMlN MOORE
RUMBA ORANCE 201420
MThis i s s great mossy
green. very soft because
of all the gray i n it.
There's nothing softer
onbarefect thans
carpet of moss. It feels
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don't need U mow it.
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ocean when
it's so clear you
can see the sand
through the
water, It reminds
me of holidays
and sunshine
and howcalln
you feel when
you sit on the
shore and
watch the waves
breaking,"
JEJlfER GARRIGUES
PORTERPAINTS
PARSlEVTINT 6998-1
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where I ate gelato twice a
day. Such amazing
colors! listachioismy
favorite, but I don't want
to gain weight so ['lljust
surround Inyselfwith
this creamy green.
instead of eating it."
CARL O A OUINO
BENJAMIN MOORE
POTPOURRI GREEN 2029-50
"It feels like fresh air
when you walk into the
rour.llnd it docs read
as blue-the palest,
softest blue, as if you
were float ing i n the sky.
Vcry ethereal. and
drcamy.H
TlMOTHYWHEALOH
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
BASALTVM121
What colors say fresh air, flowers
in bloom, cool breezes, and carefree
afternoons?
" h;; d,"p indigo
blue is a classic bcach
house color. After
three huurs ufsitt ing
in t raflicon an August
afernoon, you want
locollapse in a room
that will complement
an ice-cold marlini.
JARRETTHEDBORG
BENJAMIN MOORE
SANTA MONICA BLUE 176
MAnythingwith lime
speaks of summer to me.
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sun wilh Iheeoolnessof
agin and tonieon the
veranda.
MARSHALLWATSOH
BENJAMIN MOORE
CHIC liME 396
'pulled this lavender
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and summer flowers
like lilac and lupine.
r n the bright sun, it
ta kesul1 a warmt h that
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the purple but then as
the lighl fades, it cools
down and becomes this
beautiful blue."
LEEMELAHH
BENJAMIN MOORE
PERSIANVIOlEl 1419
"I like the
warmth and
cheeriness of
this really
deep raspberry,
almost the
color of a pink
Corvette. It has
that nice old
Florida look,
before everyone
went beige. You
need an intense
color down
here to absorb
the light."
GARYMcBOURHlE
BEJAl NMOORL
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the most wonderful
porch that has been
painted pink f0130 years.
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and climbing roses
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checks afer a longluxu
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rarkeL"
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house, taming it with browns,
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Once the client
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FARROW&ALL
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green-a good choice for
a living room since it
still 1cts you hal
l
! a
nClltralcnvc1opc, but
it's not boring. Cool it
down with icy blues, or
warm it upwilh
mustard."
CHERYLKAT2
EJAIAJMOORL
COA5TALFOCAC-
turquoisey blue-green.
like you'd see on a cloi
sonne vase, and paint
it on the reverse side
of glass. Then lise it as
a tablctop. You havc
the effect of color, once
removcd-cvcn thc
most color-phobicwill
usually go for it. And it
looks so glossy and deep.
Absolutely ravishing."
PETEROUHHAM
RALPHLAURENPAlNT
OY5ERBAY551
If onl y you weren't so timid about color,
you'd have the rooms you really dream
about. Twelve designers ease the way.
"Pale green is a kind of
univcrsal donor. Even
our most bcigec1ients
seem to resp{nd well to
green, probably because
ii'S a color we sec so
much in nature. This is a
soft, ec1adon-y green,
like a pieceofthe palest
jade. I'll oftcn usc it in a
maslerbedroom."
ELlSSACULLMAH
BLNJAMlNMOORE
5lLKEN PlNE2JA-D
hallway lends to be
a dead space, but paint
it this warm Etruscan
red and it '5 a blast oflife.
You don't havc to live
in it. You'rejU5t walking
through. But it's a hook.
I'cople can get addicted
tocolor after they paint
a hallway."
AHTONJO OAMOTTA
DONALDKAUlMANCOLOR
DKC-7
It's a dean. simplejolt
of blue. Simple, like
all good American tradi
(ions,and twould
use it in all entrance hall,
against Hclear white
trim. It's sort of like
shock tact ics. Get them
used totheexcitement
ofa real color here,
and then the next injec
tion of color will be
a hell ora 101 easier."
KElTHlRVlNE
ENJAM!NMOORL
UTAH 5KY2C66-AD
ltooktheco!orofa
seasheII-actua!I,
itvasthensideIi
ofaconchvhereit
goesintothisros,
lIcshtoneand
thenre-createdi t
viththreearts
PctureGaIIerRed
tooneaIt lovIer
Pink.lfoucanhnd
thecoIorsone-
vhereinnature,it
oftennakeseo!e
fee|nore
onraIe
B A RRYDlXON
F A RPOW&ALL
PlCURLGALLLRYRLD.2
FOWLLRPlNK3
-The client wanted yellow
i n the living room but
wasafraid tocomrit. so
welandedonthis
wonderful warm cream,
thecolurufa magnolia
petal. As the day wanes,
it gets dteper and really
starts to glow unce the
lights arc t umed un.
Whudocsn't need a little
moon glow in their Ii fd'

TODDKLElN
BLNJAK1lNlvOORL
f1A NONTHEMOONOC-1O6
"Do this soft blue in a
bedroom and it would
be likewakinguptoa
clear bright morning. If
Ihe person is really
nen'ous about color,
paint all thetrim white.
00 white furniture,
white fabrics, white bed
linens-then you Clan
have a blue roolll
without hittingthel
over the head wit hit."
NOELJEFFREY
BENJA M INf!lOORL
MU NlNGGLOPY 7B
"Start withsumething
pale. Then add more
color. if you like. with
fabric. This is a beauti
ful. restful blue. very
son on the eye lause
of all the gray in it.
Lends itselfpart icularly
well toant iques and
faded fabrics. I doa lut uf
master bedrooms in
blue, because bot h men
and women like it.
KATHRYNM.lREL A ND
lARROWBJL
ORROWLDLlGHT23
straight to the
library and paint it this
deep. lusciouspurplish
brown, like the bark
ofa tnewhen it'swet in
the rain. I dark color
actually expands the
space, btcause it crases
the boundaries. Then the
room becomes all about
the books and the art."
SUZANNELOVELL
OONALDKAUFl\1ANCOLOR
OKC6
give guests a white
room-Iheyprobably
have Ihal at home. Takea
chanceon this bright
coral, softer than orange
and morehipthan pink.
veryralm Beach and
lobster salad un a
summer day."
5COTT5A NDER5
ENJ A N IN IoIOORE
CORALPLLF012
s,
6
HOW BOLD ARE YOU?
Shrin,saInon,
Iobster,andGod
|:ibid -eacharc
alvastoughtoget
right.`Iheycango
100 banaI , I i kea
hoteIroon.Peach
gotruinedvhenit
\vas conbinedvith
aquabackvhen
South\vestert1
decoratingva-the
thng.Thissdi|fcr-
ent -a neIega nt
nglish-stat cJy-
hot:1eterra-cotta.
PIeasantInudd.
Jhere'saonIit
to iI,likeagood
renou Iadesauce.`
:o:s
POROLA
MAORlDCJS
"Chartreuse is Hcolor
people love to hale. But
crascall those memuries
uhvocaclu-grccn
kitchen appl ianccsand
think back tudcsign
icons like David Hicks,
who used it tu put a
modern twist on classic
English country. It gues
vcrywcll wit h painted or
dark brown furniture.
Ilike to mix it with other
gn"ns, too, like olive.
emerald, orceladon.
NE5TORSANTA-CRUZ
FARROW&BALL
CHILl6HGREEN251
"This acid yelluw wuuld
makeanamazingfrst
impressiun in an entry
way. I sec it with a bench
uphulstered in bitter
chocolate, and black
and-white photogra
phy-orctchings, i f you
prefer that traditional
English look. I want to
feel somcthingwhen
J wal k into a space, and
thi would defnitely
do it. I!'s not as if)'oli
have to live in it all day."
PHlLlPGORRlVAN
BENJAMlNMOORE
LEMONGROVE363
Admit it. There are certain colors
you just dismiss-salmon,
chartreuse, black. But these
designers say, think again . . .
cringe! wecall
one of our most beloved
paint colors 'pond scum
green.'The name may
conjure up creaturesof
the black lagoon. but it's
actually a warm and
velvety green that has
pruven to be a gluriously
peaceful coloron living
room, dining room, or
library walls. It's also
an easy. accept ing back
ground forart."
MlMlMcMAKlN
BLNJAMlNMOORE
6HLRWOOUGREENH-11
a library in this
color that was a cross
between gray and green.
You can't pin it down,
which gives the room
a sense ofmystery.
.nd contrary to popular
belief, I his color does
not read aseold. J nstead,
it recedes into this
neutral cloud, ereat ing
the impression of
a biggerspaee.
DAVlDEASTON
FARROW&BALL
GLON 25
then there's mauve!
People still seize up in
fear when you menl ion it.
But find the right dusky
lavender and you've got a
rich neutral thaI can go
i na number of direc
tions. Black grounds it,
silver glams it up, cinna
bar gives it some spice.
It's a shadowy color that
makes theedgesofeven
a t iny room evaporate
mysteriously. like smoke
and incense."
PARlCKJAME5HAMlLTON
BENJAMlNMOORL
ONNENUlTAF-635
` I think the strength
and clarity ofblack
is underappreciated.
It's a more powerful
backdrop than the
ever-present white,
and much more
memorable, It can
make a room feel
intimate and cozy
while remaining
crisp and modem.
Ichose black for a
walk-through space
where you go to
make a drink, as
nothing says 'cock
tail party' more
clearly. IL'S dark and
sexy in high-gloss
paint that reflects
the light."
STEVENGAMBRLL
FlNEPAl N5OFLUPOFE
BLACKCC28
" Green in general gets
bd rap because people
think Ihey'll end lip
looking like the Wicked
Witchofthe West. Out
this is a bright. happy
green that makes people.
and art. look good. [
used it in a rCllly long
corridor wilh white I ritll
and crystal elmndcliers
andhadallthean
framed in silver leaf. II
felt like a delicious box
ofnlflipan."
BARRYGORALNlCK
PRA1&LAMBLRT
PARAKEEFEATHLR1724
. ''....rus\,
It 'sa warm, earthy ICrra
COlla. I'copleoflcn shy
away from dark colors,
especially fora small
room, bill a dark color
will bringoul the inti
macy. Iut a clearCo.1t
of varish on top 10 give
il ashecn."
GARROWKDlGlAN
BEl1JAMlNMOORL
TERRAMAUL 1Cb
"Everyone always uver
looks gray, but I prefer
it lowhileorbcigc
because that eXIra bit of
pigment makes YOI stop
and take notice. Yet il
doesn't overpower a
room. It 'sa chamet. 'On
color that will change
personality. depending
on whal you put with it.
Pair it with rusty orange
and a room feels more
gentlemanly. Pair-it
wit h lavender and you
have a space that's more
feminine."
JDHNLOECKE
lARROW& BALL
LLEPHANT5BRLTH2?8
"This has gol to be the
mosl underrated color
i n the fan deck. It acts
like a neut ral, but when
you get up closeri! has
unexpected undertones
of green and gold! 1111
make il secmasifyou're
paintingSUllshineon
the walls. II gives I he
whole room a glow."
AMYLAU
BEl1JAMlNMOORE
RAlNFORL5TDLW214bbD
"Ydlowcan bcjusl a lillie
100 perky, butthis is
more laidback. 1I would
brighten a room without
makingyousquilll-
a soft glowasopposed
toa glare. I sec il as an
aecenl wall, or maybe
a cream.and.yel luw
sl ripe. It's very comfort
ingwith moss green or
slale blue, and incrcdi
blystylishwitha strong
contrast likcgrayor
black."
URAOfORO
BEftJAMlN"001(
BRlGHTYELLOW2D22-3C
"
,.
6
1
DHE. \\ I COl DHS
HOW BOLD ARE YOU?
H I'm aching to do pink.
This part iel lar shade is
sort of an apparition,
likcsomcthingthat
ucd to be pin k and this
is all that's left urit. Very,
very tender. I'd pair it
with this nice stone
color that would kindly
allow the pink toslCp
one linl! foot
f
orwar
d
.
lOft he fabrics. I would
not vccrfrom this pink
one iota.Just change the
texture-cashmere,
powdery silk. fclt. nubby
wuoL I would want tobe
enveloped by it."
BOBBY McALPINE
RALPH lAURoN PAINT
WALTONCREAM VM6b
LINEN UL03
. 1 acaFcin Paris
ncar the place des Vosges
that has this unusual
green on the wUlls. a kind
of old-world color that
makes you feci relaxed
and calm. Thi nk ofa
mossy garden after the
rain. It would be beauti
ful with cognac-toned
wood. black-and-white
floors, blackand-white
toilt-urstripcs,
if you want to be more
modern."
5TEPHEN5HUBEL
ELLY-MOORE
CACTUS CAFr KM331-3
i
HoseCumming. was the
most elegant man,
tutally uver-the-tup. and
he painted everything
eggplant. It louked deep
and mysterious and
kind of sexy. I sec it with
silver. light blue. green,
orange. I'd treat it asa
ncutral so I wouldn', be
afraid ofit.ust ta ke it
on and havt run.
BRETTBELDOCY
BENJAMIN MOOREGRAPPA 1393
1ne\uro(tneRo:e:,
Danny DeVito's uffce
was the hottestlooking
thing I've ever seen.
I
'
ery nook and cranny
was painted this great
loden green, with a bit
ufyelluw in it, which
makes it more hip than
hunter green. It's a
classic luxe look-a
great backdrop for
buoks. art. mahogany
furnitufe.Just what a
guy's library should be:'
OAN BAR5ANTl
BENIAMIN MOORE
ALLIGATOR ALLEY 441
infrred light that
comes from lively. zesty.
orangey colors. Since
this has a little brown in
it. it doesn't have the
brass that orange docs.
It's more sophisticated.
dressier. Often a va lu
able rugorarare
antique carries a room,
but in t his case it's tht
paint that would be
dazzling."
MARYDOUGLA5DRY5DALE
BEHII YAM290B7
Even designers really, te0ywant
to use some colors, but don't ever get
the chance. They're just waiting
for the right room for these knockouts.
Thisg6osroom,
Iacquereda`Coca-
CoIa'coIov,seaIed
it-DavidHicksvas
the[amesBond
ofinteriodesign.
Vov!It`sagreat
boId,sexstatement,
and-muchIike
sonebodvearing
abIackdress
extremeIfIattering
tothearchitecture
andthethingsou
utuagainstit.
lvouIddoitinthis
verdarkbrovn,
inafuIIgIossnnish
as Hicks did, soit
becomesIuminous.
PETEA DUNHAM
FARROW&IIALL
MAHOGANY 36
"I'm always looking for
the new neut ral. This is
ii, a soft camel t hal has
red and green and
yellow in it. That's why il
goes wilh everything.
Can'l youjust imagine it
with icy blues Chutney
orangeandsagdOr
black and white-always
smart. when al'Olor
transcends ilselfto
coordinalewith so
many different colors
and 51 ill retains warmth,
iljumps to Ihat ethereal
level. It 5 a color youjust
love lobearound. You
would fedlike a million
dollars in a family room,
a living room. a kitchen
painted this color."
WH1TNEYSTEWART
C2PAlNT
ENOKlC242
banal room and
paint it this warm char
coal gray, withdove
white trim. and you'd
gel an instant sense of
architecture, even
where there was none. It
has all thewarrth and
eozinessofa paneled
room forthecostofa
few gallons of paint. The
fantaslic, moody, cart hy
stonclike walls would
convey a sense of drama.
Soften it with amber
and Chinese red. Apple
green would also be
great againSI it, or
powder blue."
ARKEP5EN
BENJAMlNOORE
DEEPRlVER 1582
.P!'
fuchsia. TI l saw a
kind of'Gos cut-,elvet
by Osborne & Litlle in
fuchsia and taupe and
thought I his was the
slarl of a color scheme.
Fuchsia is roekin.l like
the way it pairswilh
SI rong neulrals like
taupe and wenge brown.
Brighten adark bath
f(m.1t would be fun in
a kitchen. Live a little."
ROOERlCK5HAOE
BENJAMlNMOORE
FlNKCOR5AGE1S9
Weidman did
I hese really cool color
block prints in the
'
70S.
The one I have is reds
layered with purples
and Ihis intense deep
violet pink. I'mdyinglo
usc ii, bill ildefnitely
requires someone who's
willing to take a risk.
I sceitwithafunky
nmstardy green or
turquoise. GiVe il some
sparkle wilh an anlique
mi rfor and il could be
amazing in adining
room. Or a slInroom
lighl would blow il oul
and mellow it a bit.
ERlNNVALENClCH
DUNN-EWARD5
DEEPCARNATlONOE5O11
nOlesofchart reuse. It
reminds me ofa beau
tiful pk'Ceofsmoky
quarlz crystal
r
have on
mydesk.l think it would
lookamazinginan
entry foyeror a powder
room, in matte on the
walls and high glosson
theceiling. For pop,
bring in some vibranl
emerald or leal blue and
a litllecrispwhile."
FRANKROOP
C2PAlNT
EXPEDlTlONC2-162
"We're doing an
apartment i n Palm
Beach and [ got this
crazy idea to do
coral. This is a really
deep coral , kind of
like a cheerful
Chinese red. It could
bl' inga lot ofenergy
and vibnlllcy to a
guest room. Pin ks
and reds to me are
synonymous with
frozen drinks and
relaxing. They're
good for skin tones
people look great
against i t. The other
colors in the room
would be very
subtle-maybe a
cool geometric gray
and-white for the
cUI'tains, another
for the rug."
RlCHARDMl5HAAN
BENJAMlNOORE
CHlLlPEPPR2OD4-2O
V
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OLTR\CF :OLS!
HOW BOLD ARE YOU?
J oncc did a uasement
bafwith darkwood
panciinglnd Heath
tiles, and we painted the
ctiling this mysterious
blue-green in high, high
gloss. r
wanted it to look
like it wasdrippingwith
Miter. YOII could practi
cally sec your rdlect ion
in it. High-gloss pai nl
is such a neat trick-it
made t he ceiling feci
higher and ail lhe soffits
disappeared."
AMYLAU
BENJAMlNMOORE
MilL SPRINGS BLUE He_13T
"This is a true peacock
blue, the blue of David
Hockney's Ca liforia
swimming pools. II
reminds me oflho"c
endless, carefree
summcrsasachild. rt's
a happy blue. beautiful
and soothingduring
the day, but at night i t
eomesalive, wrapping
you in its warm, velvety
embrace. lacquer it
to bring out the dcpth
oftheeolor.
JOHNGIL[R
RALPH LAUREN PAlNT
BALTlCBLUElB86


the

o f purple ,
but say black irises and
thcireuriosity is piqued.
Black 1 ulips, black
violets-the soft. velvety
petals yearn to be
touched. Translatc this
blackened violet to the
wa lis in a di ning room
and you huve ujewel box
forentertaining. l like it
at night because it's rich
and cxot ie. lae(ller it to
reflect the candlelight."
CHARJO3EMOSS
FARROW& BALL
PELT 2
MI was walking through
a client's living roolll
and said, very softly,
Pistachio.' Instead of
calling me crazy, she
picked upon it immedi
ately and wechosethis
vibrant green, lighter
t han pear but with a
certain pungent quality.
Once you were envel
oped in it, it act ua lIy
became almost neutral.
It elevated the whole
room and made it tel
more sophist icated."
lCHAELRtCHAN
SHERWlN-WlLLlAM5
GLEEFUL 5W6709
opporlunity lodo some
thing you wouldn't do in
a larger space. Forone
elient. we painted the
enl ire room rosy pink,
gold-leafed every inch of
the moldings. and did a
custom mosaic glass floor
in pink and gold. It was
over-the-top. Jt glowed.
And cvcryone looked
fabulous in thc mirror!"
JAYJEFFERS
BENJAMlNMOORE
GLAMOUR PlNK20060
We've been egging you on to be bold i n
your choices afeolar. Here, 12 designers
tell you the boldest they've ever been.
"\e wunted a
sUI"prise for the
sitting room un
the top floor ofan
othcl'\ise tradi
tional bl'Ownstone,
so \ painted the
walls bright tanger
ine, \vith whi te
trim and two-inch
thick white Corian
flouting shelves
.
After walking up
fOUl' flights of stairs
thl'ough sedate
colors and fm'mal
room

, i
.
t was a ve
:
y
enel'gl"l ngexperl
enee. Cl'isp, fresh,
likea Creamsicle
on a hot day."
00"LLEN
C2PAlNT
TANGERINEC210
.. It was not so much
the color, but how and
where J used i Ll painted
a client's kitchen cabi
nct red, with a hint of
urange. like a ripe
tomatojust longingto
be lieed with some
good mozzarella cheese.
Then I could not resist
paint ing the wa lis a
Granny Smith apple
green, a delicious,
crunchy color. After
all. those twoeolors
stinmlate the appetite!
How about adining
roomaswell"
JENN1FERGARRIGUES
BENJAMIN MOORE
GERANlUM 13C7
PLARGREEN 2028.0
"This is a crazy cumbina
tion of canary yellow.
citron, and a lillie egg
yollall rolled intoonc.
It's a feel.good color,
because it's light a nd
refreshing and bright.
did asunroom in it, with
a ton of wicker furniture
painted spinach green
and covered in a multi
colored chintz, I also
think il would begreal
in a kHchen or a fam ily
room oreven a grand
salon, like Nancy
Lancaster's famous
'buttah yellow' room."
JOLNYL
FARROW&BALL
BABOUCHE 223
"Howdo you describe this
It's a Doruthy Draper
color, somewhere between
turquoise and chartreuse,
\hewildes\ color you've
ever seen. \Ve used it in a
guest room with white
painted furniture, and
green-and-white fabrics
and rugs. Then we did the
otherguesl room right
ne)tdoorin OayGlo
orange. Totally hot next to
icycool.'I'heywere like
yinandyang."
WILLIA,, OIA,OND
MARTIN-SENOUR
MARlNEGREN152-3
i isthecolorofthe
fell on Ihe billiards table
i na Merchant Ivory flm,
or Ihat cerlain kind
of green silk lompshade
you see in Irish houses
all ilnense and glowy.
There's sumething
mudern and old
fashioned about it at the
same time. A garden
room lacquered in this
with blackand-while
marble floors would
be divine. I've painted
all the cabinets in a
kitchen t his color. It's
like being submerged
into the center of a
40-earal emerald."
MlLL5RLDD
BENJAMlNMOORL
AMAZON MOSS 2C3-1C
tcllac1ientyOlL
want to paint his room
black, he'll thin k you've
flipped. But a library is
used mainly at night, for
drinks and entertaining.
Sowe painted every
thing, f!oortoceiling, in
this inky blue-black and
put a coat of high-gloss
varnish on top-the poor
man's lacquer. At night,
il lilernlly sparkles with
the rcfl(cted cityscape."
3ODDALEXANDERROMANO
FARROW&BALL
HAGUE BLUE 30
''Pinkisa\vason
mmind. lust
havetohnd, !aIer.
1hscIent CtuICn|
behaier vithher
cheerinksitting
room,andher
hu-band\vasust
gIadncdidn'| cnd
u]WI|!a]InI
mastc:bedroom.
Theinkis
com!eteIunex-
]tC|tU -i|' |I+c
coloiofboi-cht
vithcreamand
the:+youi1+ove on
toothc: i+1ore
:
subtIeiooins.It'
li|eaein
u nk.
;
''
ARYM0DONALO
BLNJAMlNMOORE
CORALP!NK2DD3-5C

6
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CHF .. \T .. \ . I F .S
HOW BOLD ARE YOU?
HRcmcmbcrhowoscar
Wilde's Dorian Gray
never got old Neither
docs Ih;scolor. 1 usc it
again and again when
cvtr r wanl atmosphere.
DORIAN GRAY is the
pa lest blue-gray yuu can
imagine. sof and subtle.
liken mist. YOl hardly
notice it's a color at all.
Dreamy in a bcdroom-
I here's nOlhingjul'ring
about it,andyullcan
rixanycolorwith it."
WHlTNEYSTEWART
L2PAINT
UORlANGAYC2-478
"
SWEET CAROLl NE. +
Da-da-t{h.lctyou'rc
31 ready singing the old
Neil liarond song. I'm
a Southern guy. and it
takcs mcbackto
summer days in the
convert ible wit h the
radio playing. Cute
name, but it's a soph isti
cutcd color-a crisp.
pale green with a gray
undertone. It makes
everythingc1se in the
room comc alive."
OAVlOMlTCHELL
BEN1AMlNMOORE
5WLLCAROLlNEA78
MThis is a warm tallpc
the color a chocolate milk
shake turns once you've
stirred in the whipped
cream. Mt LK SHAKE
brings back fond tnetno
ries-drivc-inmovics,
football games, cheer
leading, double dates,
the prom-when there
were only three channels
on theTV!Achocolate
shake after school-well.
there was ncvcra second
thought back then."
CHARLO3EMOSS
BLNJAMlNMOORE
MlLK5HAL115
times when it'sdown tu
twoor t hrt'oolors and I
can't decide, the one with
the best name wins. 1
love MOUSE'S BACK,
not that t have a thing for
rodents. out behind the
odd name is 1 he most
amazing brownish olive
gray, Mellow it out wit h
creams and dark browns
or kick it lip with tealor
burlltorange.
JEFFANDREWS
FARROW & 8ALL
MOUSE'58ALK4O
sorIa Sammy Davis Las
Vegas 1970s, which is
fabulous enough in its
own right. Hut the oolor
the deepest ofpurples
withjustenough red to
give it some oomph-is
quitec1egant, and would
be perfect in adining
room, lacquered, with
lotsufwhite trim and
maybca silver-leafed
ceiling. S(llnmywould be
snapping his fngers!"
KEN FUL
C2PAlN
GETBACKJACKC2-OO2
Death by Chocolate. What a way
to go! Sometimes the name of the
paint is as bold as the hue.
" hen though I'm
known i
'
OI'a sof!
nllIl |`8| pa ItllI',
I ktt'pgtltin!hin'd
h, people who Iu L
{(llor. I t an do bot h,
,ld I explain il lik!
I his: I am 1l'l'itd 10
beigl', but r ha\!
affairs with cOOr
GOI NG TO THE CHAPEL is
.lust likea marnage
uJnfol'tahlc, li\ahll,
\\ ilhjllst a hint O
I'.. Alllially, lhal
!ut'! ufdt!{'ib( nH
husband. , sUfwr
nelll!',I, sa Icolor
ou can st," with for
a l(mgtimt."
PHOLBLHOWARD
EN1AMlNMOORL
GOlNGTOHECHAPEL1S27
"The most amusing
names are in the Cz fan
deck. probably made up
by the same stoner guys
whonallled Iknand
Jerry's ice cream favors.
SOllleoflllY favorites arc
YdluwSubmarine,
Twilight Zune. and
FINAL STRAW. With
each piece ofncws these
days. we're a 11 feding
I ike it's the fnal 5t raw!
Nice tu fnd one that's
actually sunny, happy,
golden. lelllinds me of
warm, invilingcla5sical
rooms where beaut iful
people live with hand
some furiture and
nobody is worried about
anythingexecpt
decorating."
OOALLEN
C2 PAINT
FINAL STRAW C2-380
i i
olate that you buy for
yoursclfand save for
thost intenst moments.
Just knowing it's in the
huuse can get you
through the day. DEATH
BYCHOCOLATE is deeper
than ordinary browns
just beneath the surface
is a shimmcrofpome
granate that swiftly
dispcnseswith reason.
It's wicked. It's passion
ate. [fyuu aren't too shy
to leave the light on. this
is the paint for yuu."
MALLOIV MARSHALL
C2 PAINT
DEATH BYCHOCOLATEC2-939
, 1
foudie, I always have nice
lhoughtsabout DEAD
SALMON. [seea salmon
rest ing in mycred or on
my plate in a neighbor
hood restaurant. Clietlts,
on the other hand, often
can't get past the image
ofa dead fish, so ljust
don't tell them tht name,
But they lovc the color.
It's like a pink that's gone
grayovcr time and taken
on this wonderful patirm.
Moody and gorgeous,"
PHllIPGORllVAN
FARROW! BALL
DEAD SALMON 28

.
Just like a luscious glass
of its namesake,
CHILLED CHARDONNAY
has broad appeal. It's
relaxing and refreshing.
Thin k oft hat clear, crisp
sparkle. I could usc a
glass right now! This is a
tawny beige-great for
showcasi ng other colors.
It would look very smart
with gray flannel. blue
and-white chintz, or
shocking pink chenille.
.great nu-stress eulor
to usc throughout the
house_
SUSAN ZIS[S GREEN
BENrAMIN MOORE
CHILLEDCHAROONNAY 1089
"Whodocsn't want to
acccpt an invitation to
COME SAIL AWAY,even if
only i n a fresh ly painted
room? This is what water
looks like when the sun
hi!s it-a wonderful soft
blue that isn't tooehi11y,
thanks tu a drup of green.
It would be perfect with
pure whitt t rim, khaki
slipcovers. and sea grass
rugs for summer. It would
also give a front-porch
ceiling, or any ceiling, an
t hereal, sky-I ike(
l
ua!i!y."
TODD KLEIN
BENrAMIN '00RE
COME SAIL AWAY 846
"I think it's funny
t hey named this
EMOTIONAL, because
color in general is so
emotional-scien
tists are alwaysdoing
these studies about
whal a red room ora
blue room does to
you. This is a brick
orange that feels
energetic, confdent,
and pltective-
no mental health
therapy required
here! I lhoughl lhis
small coal room
needed a strung color
to make it an individ
ual space of its own,
not just an after
thought. It seemed
slightly risky to use it,
which might be why
I liked it somuch."
THOMAS JAYNE
SHERWIN-WILLlA'S
EMOTIONAL SW661

\ ,


"Dark brown creates drama and
an illusion of more space in what
would otherwise have been a
dull, cramped area. You don not
make every room 1 n a house
wildly colored-you try to create
rhythm of coloI'. [ want towalk
from a room that's neutral into
one with punch. LJfrom a dark
hallway into a light living room."
NEDMAR5HALL
BLNJAMlNMOORL
BlTTLR5WLLCHOCOLATE
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Just as makeup can draw attention to the strengths of
a face while minimizing the fiaws, the right colors can
reshape small or awkward rooms and make lovely
rooms even more beautiful. What's the fastest, easiest,
cheapest way to remodel your house? Paint it.
IN THIS CHAPTER:
SMALL ROOMS
NI GHT ROOMS
SOUTH-FACING ROOMS
NORTH-FACI NG ROOMS
JUST ONE WALL
WALL & TRI M COMBOS
PAINTED FLOORS
FRONT DOORS
.00
S' I . \ LL HOO. I S
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
Ipainted myown apart
ment Super White, and
when Iwalk in, it just
dears my brainand
makes me feci lighter.
White rets t he light
and makes Ihcwallsgo
away. so a sma 11 space
seems 13rger. Some
whites are blue, some
arc pink, some arc
green. but this isjust
white in itspuresl form,
without anycolur. Yet
it's not st3rk or cold,just
light 3nd airy."
ANDREW FLESHER
BENJAMIN MOORE
$UPERWHITE02
",m'g,,"bdicvcrin
disintegrating the edges
oruslllaH room bygoing
dark and mysterious.
This is a fantast ie deep
gray flannel that would
be even more effect ive if
you used it in high gloss
to reflect t he I igh! and
create morc spat ial
magic. Pair it with crisp
whitcmoldingsand
white furnishings, with
accents ofpowdcr pink,
pale blue, lavender, or
mint green."
JAMIE DRAKE
BENJAMIN MOORE
WITCHING HOUR 2120-30
"5h",lo""'" be your
friend, especially i n
a small space. Painting
a room a dark color
camouflages the fact
that il'ssmalLAdeep
blue like this creates the
perception of dept h.
The green in it W3f1l1S it
upand reminds meuf
thoseglazeson English
"est helie Movement
pottery. lacquer it ifyoll
want more liveliness."
THOMAS JAVNE
FARROW& BALL
CLAVDQN BLUE87
,
space and creates a
feelingofwarmth and
conI inuity. especially if
you usc it on theceiling
and thewalls. r like the
way il takes on thecolor
of the light comingin
and yet keeps its own
integrity. IIS the perfect
backdrop. The neutral
walls recede and you
focus more on the
furniShings than on
the size oft he room."
WILLIAM MILLER
DUNNEDWARDS
NOMAD'CTAUPE DE6192
roomauber-
i n I
a feclingofluxury.II'S
very rich, very regal. with
a bit of mystery. The
perimeter blurs, which
makesa room feci bigger
and morecavernous.
Iused thisin myown
living room and llike the
way it changes with the
light. During t heday iI's
deep. df. ep purple. and at
nighl it looks more brown.
I love it with gray and any
metallic fabric."
PIlIllP GORRIVAN
FARROW & BALL
.RN..2.
You thought everyone would say
white? How about dark brown or deep
blue to make your room look bigger?
" I used this deep
Mediterranean
blue all over this
room-on the walls,
on the moldings, on
the cabinets, even on
the floOl', with a
carpet in the same
tone. By usingitso
completely, it ma kes
the different planes
all blend into each
other. The color
unifes the space and
blows out the bound
aries. You're swept
away by the blue and
have no sense of the
size of the room."
JOHN BARMAN
FINE PAINTS OFEUROPE
This is a celadon-y,
silvery, mercurial color
that [ can't really define.
It reminds meofthe
ocean on a calm day
when it goes right into
the sky. Somehow. it just
creates an expansive
feelingin me. Hasp
berry would be lovely
with it. Punch it up with
sunflower yellow or
keep it very quiet with
wh iles. silvers. and
maybe a touch of
turquoise.
CONNlEBEALE
CfISTOPtEPEACOCK PAlNT
MERCUYCPPHe
"Choose a color forthe
walls thatyousce
outside. It will give you
a sense that the room
cant inues beyond the
windows. In the country,
it might bethiscrisp
green, the green of
stems in the garden and
leaves on the trees.
Green is a color I hal
ra kes me feel alive. It
cievates your spirit,
which is goingto make
any room fec1 larger. r
see it with browns,
creams, terra-cotta.
persimmon."
JAYJEFFERS
BENJAMINMOORE
SHADS OFSPING 53?
"Everybody thinks white's
goingtodo it, but it
doesn'L This is a pale
yellow with a little twist
of green_ It'S the next
best thingtosiUing
outside in a garden, 11's
like sunshine. and any
room looks bigger when
it's st reamingwith
sunlighLGrcat with
black-painted furniture
and tangerine,red, or
lircgreen,"
JENN1FERGARRlGUE5
PORTER PAlNTS
FRESHCURRY6254-2
my fat her a Iways said,
asmall room will look
bigger if you paint it
dark, The corners will be
cast in shadow and
you're not quile sure
where they are, If you're
scared to go really dark,
this i sa mid-tone taupe
t hut a Ilows you to hedge
your bets, 11's interest
ing-sometimes it looks
gray and sometimes it
looks brown, Pairit with
anything from navy
blue to hot pink-that's
how versatile il is."
ALEXAH.MPTON
BENJ.MIN MOORE
.LEXANDIABEIGEHC-7?
"When
r
think expansive. I
immediately think oflhe
tky. This is a color that
proj/. 'tsairand lighL
11 has the luminosityof
the sky and that airy,
infnite quality. Clean
and fresh and cloudlike.
Thcchip looks white, but
1t he wall it can tur
into the palest blue. It'sa
color with a lot of move
menL It catches at her
colors and rdkCCts them"
PHOEBEHOWARD
BENJAMlNMOORE
HORlZON\le
"l liketopaint asmall
room a saturated
color, which makes it
feel grand and gives
you the illusion that
it's biggel'. This is the
deep, rich brown of
French-roasted coffee
beans. lt would look
very dramatic in high
gloss on thewalls.
The whole room
would shimmer. Paint
the moldings the
sa me color, but in a
different fnish, like
eggshell. Nowhite
moldings-that
would chop up the
room and ruin the
effect."
NANCYBOSZHARDT
BENJAMlNlVOORE
APFALACHlANBROWN 21J5-1O
1O1
.l I CI I T HOO\ I S
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
"Don't you feel differ
ent in the eveni ng
than you do during
the day You dress
differently. You pOUl'
acocktail. You're
morc relaxed. A deep,
rich color like this
reddish brown puts
you in that glamorolls,
sensual mood. I'd
layer it with exotic
paisleys and interest
ingantiquesand
a tiger-patterned
carpet to create a lush,
romantic room for
drinks before dinner.
Soft Jight to d raw
you in-romance bas
lot to do with the
way a room is lit."
AlEX P"PACHRISTIDIS
BENIAIIN MOOAE
GLENWOOD BROWN 11'
|" ,-h;, ;' "" unexpected
shadcofgrcctl that
would bcwundcrful in a
dining room or a study.
It reminds me of those
sunbaked olive greens
you sec i n Tuscany.
Warm and a little faded.
with a feeling of age. In
a flat finish, it becomes a
liU1cchalkyand looks
soft. almost I ike suede.
Imagine snuggling up
on a great cozy sofa with
afregoing."
ALLISON PALADINO
BENJAMIN MOORE

P';'""'' ' living room


deep, saturated
brown and added a gilt.
wood mirror, furiture
slipcovercd in gray-and
white I icking, and sea
grass on the lloor. The
brown looks even more
romantic as dusk sett les
in and t he touches ofgi It
comealive in the lamp
light. lt feels smart and
sophisticated. As soon
as you wa Ik in. you're
ready for a party."
TIMOTHY WHEAlON
BENJAMIN MOORE
MOCHA BROWN 2107-20
Some rooms are just meant for
candlelight and drinks before di nner.
What color will give yours that after
hours romance?
night. this brown
retains its brownness
instead of turning inlo a
black abyss. I n sum mer,
it feels cool and
shadowy. and in witter,
it feels like warm cash
mere. l likedarkeolors
because they always
ma ke a room feel more
decorated Ihan it is. You
don't have to rely so
much on arlwork or
ornamentation. which
is good forthe budget."
BRUCE NORMAN LONG
BENJAMIN MOORE
CLINTON BROWN HCS7
"l li ke to have cocktails
in Ihe living room before
sitting down lodinner,
and this soft gold still
has the glowofsunsct
even after the sun
has gone down. You
could mi) it with green,
blue, or red or go more
neu! ral with beige and
cream. l like it in High
Lustre so it reflects light.
You'll have the sensa-
t ion of being inside a
glass of Champagne! "
liNDA RUDERMANROSIER
CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK PAINT
ST1CMCPP1S3
I this chocolaty
aubergine fabulous
Imagine it in a high
gloss fnish-even more
gorgeous-in your
dini ng room. AI night,
YOI can't really tell
where the walls are.
Your artwork will look
I ike ii's float ingon air.
Iurplc is so rich and
warm. I I makes me fed
taken care of. A nd it's
very glamorous, perfect
with si Iver leaf and
crysta I chandeliers and
crunchygiltwood
Italian sconces. Think of
Rose Cummingin her
fabulous town house
with all the purple
13cquer. ltjust m3kcs
you feel good."
MICHAEL WHALEV
FARROW &BALL
PEl1254
"I was looking m
something dillcr(nl
andchose this
charcoal gra. I h(
high contrast
bclw(en thedirk
wa lis a nd t he wh itt
Ii 11on t h( head
board and t hi bed
skit'l and the
curta i ns creates
drama ind gin's )Utl
that wonderful
crispness, which is
\el) imiling in il
bedroom .
.
\1 nighl,
lhe \0 lis rcctUta nd
a II t he I ights oft hI
cit,' come through
lhewindow, and
it kind ofsparkl(s:'
BARBARA WESTBROOK
BEN1AMINMOOlE

I i library
ora den, an unapologet
icallyadllit room where
you'd congregate at
night to havedrinks and
watchMtJMell. 1 was
trying 10 replicatc the
color ofwhiskcywith
the paint and chose this
eart hy terra-cotta with
clements of yellow and
gold, apricot. and p!aeh.
I'd usc it in high gloss to
give it that liquid t rallS
parency. At night. when
t he brass lamps arc
turned on, it will glow
like amber beads,"
ANN WOlf
BENJ .. . IN "CORE
FIR[NZEAF225
I I redis
straight out of an
ISth-ccntury palazzo. Do
it in highglosssoit looks
like a Byzantinejewel. and
you'll beseduccd, I love it
in a dining room with orr
black trim and a tablecloth
made of nubby burlap.
Then you gel thatgreat
contrastofthe rough and
the refined. lhe humble
burlapnC"t tothechina
and crystal and sill'er."
BAlAN 1. McCAATHY
fAAROW&BAll
INCAAN"0INE28
makesyouft'1
sp'Cial, as if you arc
gelling the red carpet
treatmcnt. l love this
shade b"C3USC thc
pigment is toned down
with a bit of black. It's
perfect fora nightt ime
room because it's
stimulating,yct nol
luud. whilc it can have a
serious. regal quality, it
can also be light h,arted
and yuung-dignified
and resplendent at once.
rore thnn anything.
Ihis rcdepitomizeswlwl
Hill Blass mea nl when he
said, 'ned istheuhimate
cure forsadness.' "
CHAISTOPHER MAYA
fiNE PAINTS OfUROPt
POST OHICE REOBS538
" Th is is an elegant neut ra 1
that deep'cns and intcnsi
fies in I hc cvening, envcl
oping you in a soft
perfumeofsil\cry gray. II
has the iridescellceorthe
inside ofa shell. and a
shimmerthat makes it
sexy. lts clean. it's
modern,and it'sa great
Ise forothercolors like
Mediterranean blueor
pink orchartreuse. which
could be the accent in a
si 1\'ry-gray din ing room."
C A HLU' A OUINO
BEN1.. MINMOOAE
ABALONE 210880
recently did a midnight
blue library that is so
wondcrful andseduc
tiveat night. The
curtains match I he
walls, and the ceili ng is
midnight blue as wel l.
lacquered, because
I lovcdarkcolors tobe
shiny. We used a pairof
pond.grcen leather
louis 7V-slylechai rs,
and they makc you feci
as I hOllgh you might be
outdoorsonadark night
with some fabulous
fauna. It's a cozy,
romantic foom. YOI can
almost hear RayCharlcs
and Nina Simone
singing 'Baby, It 'sCold
Outside:
lANSHOWEAS
BENJAMIN MOORE
H .. tENAVYHC-1S
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SOlTI I - F. \CI .G
HOO. I S
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
paL1tcdsouth-
facingomsin
IighIanddak
coors lhcc's1t:
ruIe thttearcso
ma f acors
mvoIvcditcous-
1gpainI.O\\
south|aci:1Iiv ing
roo::1h doncl t
goI dcn\ cIIov \ ith
asofIg

,
agIaze,Io
makei t morc
subtIe.I`mo:ieof
t hosepeopvho
hstuputon|\ O
shadesofIipsIic |o
gcI|hccoIorrighI
usI0 doesn't
\\OI`| \`Inl,
JAHSHOWERS
BNJAMINMOORE
HAWTHORNE YEllOWHe-.
"South.facing rooms have
wondcrful 1ight for mosl
of the day, so why not
take advantage orlha!
and keep the airy and
calm fecli ngf You don't
want a hot color, because
it can get too warm. I'd
usc this cool, pearly
white, Ii ke t he insideof
aseashell. When the sun
shines on it, it turns
a bit pink, which gives
thewllsa glow."
JENNIFER GARRIGUES
BENJAMIN MOORE
SHSHllOC-120
If you're lucky enough to have the
sunniest exposure of al" how do you
make the most of it with paint?
"People never fil to ask.
'What is that color'
It's a neut ra I, the color
oflighl hay, but it will
changedependingon
what you put next to
it. With cream linens.
it might read almost as
gold. II absorbs harsh
white light and takes
on the toneofa nt ique
parchment, soyou get
the effect ofhavi ng
papered a wall without
actually having to do it."
JEffREY ALAN MARKS
fARROW & BAll
5TRlNG8
"This is a sofl while Ihal
SI. 'ms toglow and inten
sify as it gets flooded
with sunlight. It opens
up likea flowerand
makes a room look very
dean. and it hasthis
lovely antiqued orchalky
quality that reminds
mtoflime-washed
French bedrooms in
summertime."
AMANOAMASTERS
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
TISETAN JASMINE WW3?
"A colorcan get very
blown out with a lot
ofdi reet sun and then
look dramatically
differtnl when the sun
has moved, making it
quite tricky tochouse
the perfect shade of
paint. We testedeight
before we found just the
right peachy pink-not
100 baby pink and not
too orange. It has that
sun-kissed look."
ANGIEHRANOWSKY
PRATT& LAMBERT
WL5TLRN 6AND 5-3D
day with i
streami ng through the
trees-all those shades
of green create such
glorious and va ricd
cffccts. I likt Ihis lJluted
gray-green. It will
absorb strong light on
a bright day and feel
soothing at night. You
call a Iways trust a color
from nature."
JOSIEMcCARTHY
FARROW&8ALL
GRLLH5MOKL47
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ha- a \ i\ hupp\
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ink aicI t d
|hts rom:n|u
gt\vn-tippa| t
QtJl1v pinkIorhcv.
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c::ougI no| |o
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tinglo-lt.
8100KEGOMEI
BENJAMIN MOORE
GEHLBUTLFLYZ1Td-T
"I love to put awnrm<ulor
in a south.facingroom.
This is like a Creamsiclc,
but intcrpret 1'- by
Farrow& Ball, so it's soft
and yummy-nol thaI
orange thlt dripson your
white tennis shoes. /s
Ihe light chnngcsduring
the day, sodo the wnlls
from n warm beige 10
a deepcrorunge in the
curners, in Ugood way!
It's cozy in lamplight and
it's cozy in full sun.
VlerOliA NEALE
fAIOW& Ill
OOISElCREAM"
whate\'Cryou waill-maxi
mize a warm coloror
" .. arm upa cool color thai
might be tough in another
TOOm. This blue, with a bit
ofgnen. has that slightly
old-fashioned summer
house quality. It could be
chilly, but sout hern light
would bringuLiI its
wannt h. Youd gct lhat
wonderful crispness
against white molding."
KAIMtCABE
FAIOW' Ill
CI1INESE 8LUE80
blue-gruy, in an
eggshell finish. feels like
an icydrinkon a hut day.
It visually coolsoffa
TOOmthat gets loads
onighl. And then
you can build in some
warmth with layers of
color and texture in the
furnishings. I'd bring
in cart h tones like ehoc
ollle brown, rust, and
mUSfard gold. lind
maybe pop it with a hit
ofturquoise."
SCOTT lSlif
BENJA"IN "WOlE
CUll WINCCIAV21H50
"Asouth-facing room is
more flexible when it
comes to choosing colors.
And itdosn't necessarily
ha"e warmlight, l'pe
cially in the Northern
lIemisphere, soyoudont
have IOstickwith green or
blue. I tend to likel-lors
that arc warmer to begin
with,so I'd go with pink.
Then you get all those
beautiful transitions from
pinktopcach togolden
yellow during theday.
STEPHEN SlU8U
BENJA"IN "OOlE
ptNKHARNOHY 2OJ3-O
Southern light issp-c.
tacular. but there are
drawbacks in terms or
the heat, the fading, and
the intensity. Sun
bumps everything up,
and the deeper Ihe pai nt
color, the more allen
I ion you have to givc to
the paint process,
because the sun will
pick out any imperfec
tion. That's why I like
this pale blue with a bit
ofgrccn. You'rcawarcof
the color but it's whis
pered, soft. A nd il
changes. bteoming
deeper in thecveni ng.
TNOMAS PHEA5ANT
SENJAMIN MOORE
WHITE RAIN 108
>Os
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'OHTI I - F. \CI .C
HOO. I S
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS VlHCOLOR
"If you're not getting a lot
orsunlight,you need to
crCatCwarmth. l'ink is
what youwant. II'S
beaut iful and flattering
to any skin lone. But
even ifyOli go through
every single paint book,
there's not a pin k you
can usc, because they
al1 100k like bubblcgur
on the walls. So here's
tht lowdown: Buy
Elephant Pink and
White, mix them hall'
and half, and you're set.
It's the perfectly
balanced pale pink."
WILLIAM DIAMOND
BHIJAMIN MOORE
ELEPHANT PINK 2Ub7-7U^
WHITE INT. RM
'I ike
sl rong pigment. It encr
gizcs them. Thisisa
good. classic green wit h
just enough yellow to
update iLAnd a bit of
olive, but it doesn't read
like olive on thewall. lt's
fresh and vibrant. l like
it with navy. lilac, teal.
even pale pink. It would
lookstunningwith
blueand-wh ite porce
lain, giltwood furniture,
and ivory slipcovers."
ANN WOLF
SHERWIN,WILLIAS
lEAPFROG SW64]1
"This is nuta sweet laven
der.lt's sophisticaled.
Crisp and light. yet
warm at Ihesame time
which helps bala nee the
fact that a north-facing
room tends to be dark.
I would do it with
ccrused floors and a
comfortable sufa, uphol
stered in sage green
orstec1 blue, where you
could spend the after
noon readinga book."
AOBEAT STlllN
PRATT& LAMBERT
DIVINITY 30-29
'" J go back tothe Scandi
n;vians, who usc a lot of
gray in a cool environ
ment. Thisgr;y is not
cold. It's soft, with a
slight cc1atlun tint tu
it, dependingon the
lighl. lt looks great with
slate floors and old
painted furniture.
Throwi na nice, woolly
Moroccan rugfor more
text ure and coziness."
TIMOTHYWHEAlON
DONALD KAUFAN COLOR
DKC8
'"I would puint thewalls
in this soft yellow-like
the end ufthe day when
the sun is going over the
hill. It duesn't give you
ajolt,yet it would pierce
the gray clouds. ['d do
il in a sat in finish fora
bitofshine, with creamy
white moldings and
Dst ipp1cd blue glazeon
I he ceiling to give
a senseofblue sky."
DAVID EASTON
SoNJAMIN MOORE
GOLOOHEOC-1J2
With no directsunlight, they can be a
challenge-to decorate, to live i n. Cheer
up! The right paint color can make dark
turn cozy, or north feel like south.
"In Florida, where
most houses along
the coast arejust a
wave away from the
ocean, even a north
facing room is
flooded with light,
Doingour library in
cozy red wou Id
have felt like a bad
sunbur. Green
seemed to be a good
idea, a smoky green
from a memory of
my frst tree house.
Mybl'therand
used to spend hours
looking up at the
eanopyofleaves."
MIMI McMAKIN
SHERWIN'WILLIAMS
INLAND SW6452
"North.facing rooms can
gogray,and this will
give you some man
rnde light. It has more
color in it tl1n offwhite.
There's a bit of Ian nnd
yellow. It makes me
think of butter pecan icc
cream. .color as subtle
as this looksdifferent on
each waH, because the
light hits each wall
differently. I like that.
It makes a room more
interesting.
ALLl5ON PALAOlNO
BENJAMIN MOORL
SECLUDED BEAC899
"I'd usc this light and
ethereallavcndel'with
a touch of pear! gray.
Perfect for a bedroom. I
seeit with ehalkywhitc
moldings-white is
what makeseoloreome
alive-and chalky white
furniture upholstered
in deeper shades of
lavender. Then add one
rca lIy sharp green chair.
That would bea knock
out room:'
NOHJ(FfR(Y
BENJAMIN MOORL
5LlPAF-6O5
"The rule of thumb is to
use yellows to imitate
t he sun, but I'd turn up
Ihe thermostat with this
intense apricot. It
a Imost has a n orange
tint. without going into
that scaryorangecatc
gory. Even on a dull day
it looks great, and tln
you have the anticipa.
tion of turning on the
lamps and havi ng il
explode. It h:ls a high
energy level. Tone il
down with tobacco or
shadesofblue."
MATTHEWPATRlCK5K1YTH
PRAT& LAMBET
SALSA -
intoa room. don't Iry
and make it look as if
it iswithyelloworwhite
or whatever. I"d go to
t he other side of the
speet rum wit h strong
colors I ike dark green
or red. I'm very partia I
to red. It's upbeat, and
t his has a I itt Ie bit of
brown, wh ieh kills that
orangey sharpness.
Do it withofrwhitetrim
for a nice contrast.
TOMfLEIoIIN(
BLNJAMINMOORE
MILLION DOLLARED200310
"l like north.facing rooms
the best. Youdon( have
t he glare of the morning
orlhe heat ofthe after
noon sun. It's a calner,
quieter light. In a private
room. I might godar!;.
but in a living 10011
rd want it light and open
and airy. This pale blue
is ephemeral. with a
scnse of sky and waler.
The atmosphere is
almost aqual ic."
JOHNOETGE
BE'JAMIN MOORL
CRYSTAL BLUE 205110
veaIvasIoved
northIght.Vithout
thcdrcctsun,it's
moveconstantand
uni|orn,vhich
isvhartistsIove
to vorkin anorth-
facingstudio.This
richbIuc-grccn
bccomcscvcn
deeerinnorth
Iight.Vedidit
:$th-centurstIe
aintingouta!Ithc
mo!dngsandbasc-
boardsinsteado
highIightingthem.
erromanticin
candIcIight, oIfsct
viththatintcnse
vcrmiIion."
CARL DAQUINO
BENJAMIN MOORL
GULF 5TREAMU7O
^1
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SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
"I painted this
staircase black
and the wall
behind it a vibrant
Chincsc l'cd to
make it as seu Jp
tural as possible.
Every time I sec it,
I feel totallyexhil
arated. And I
won't put any art
on the wall. That
crisp high- gloss
red is the artwork."
AMANDA KYSER
BH/JAMIN MOORE
MERLOl REO 200610
adining room with
th rcc dovcgray walls
and one dark blue wall.
a royal bluewithjusl a
I ink, I itt Ie bit of red in
it. At night, with the
shi ne fromthe silver on
the table. it was sexy.
sexy, sexy, without
consuming the room.
Dark colors always give
YOIImore depth. [t
looked fathomless."
PHILIP NIMMO
BENJAMIN MOORE
"'fyou're painting one
wall, it needs to say,
'look at me!', because
you want ittocncrgize
the space. I always go for
the bold, like this orange.
But it's nota Day-Glo,
HowardJohnson's
orange. It hassubtlc
terra-cotta undertont:s
very sophisticated, and
it radiateswarmth,so
everyone will look good."
JOHN LOECKE
FARROW 3 BAll
ORANGERY 70
Some designers love an accent wall.
Others would never even consider one.
Whose side are you on?
1
",""10'""'",, walls.
They a nchor a r0011 and
give you a sense of dest i
nation. I n a placc that
has 110 architectural
details or fabulous foca I
points, it's Ii ke an injec
tion of character. This
blue-gray has an under
tone oftaup: and feels
very urganic. 1 t would
look beaut ifu I with dark
floors and dark wood
furniture."
ALANlANKSlEV
fARROW BAll
PlGLON26
"pick a color out of your
fabric and usc it on one
wall-much easier.
blcausewhen you paint
all fourwalls, the culor
vibrates offitselfand
multiplicsandyou end
up wi! h S0111et hing you
didn't expecl.Just one
wall gives you a strong
clement, without bei ng
overpowering. I like
this pale turquoise,
which makes me think
ofa beach I'm notal."
JASON BELL
BENIAMIN MOORE
HARBOURS'DE TEAL 54
i
.
brown has a lot 01
purple in it,likeacolor
you'd sec in a Both ko
painting. So I'd domy
own Bothko.Say you've
got a 14-foot wal1. l'aint
theccntereight feet,
floortuceiling, in this
brown, and then paint
t he remaining three
feet 011 either side-and
the rest or the ro0111-
i n 1'0wderSand, which
almost hasa sun-glow. It
would beexdting,and
add depth-as though
you could walk through
thatdarkwall."
PATRICIA HEALINC
BENJAMIN MOORE
POWCER SAND 2151-70
FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE
BORDEAU BROWN 54A
.. ['his soft pale
grccn is a littlc
un(xp(cted in a
bedroom, hut also
vcr,\' soothing and
serCJ. It makcs
a nicc backdrop
for dreaming.
Putting it on ont
\\';II"as enough.
It gun' the room a
focus. It looks so
fresh, surrounded
by white and \\ith
tlat beautiful
glass dool' to the
bath."
MICHAel RICHMAN
SHERWINWILLIAMS
SLOWGREEN SWS4S6
;
h ,
;
area-sort oflike a rug.
butonthewall.An
acrent wall can also
stand in furwinduwsor
a fireplace that didn't
make it to the party.
J'aint is relatively inc:
pensive and entirely
reversible, so it's : I it t Ie
Icss scary to pick some
thing bold and interest
i ng, like this orange*red
Easier tochange than n
sofa in a similar hue."
STEVEN SCUROFF
MYTHICPAINT
I n adiningroom ina
19Gos builJing one wall
wn5flanked byLolufns
and a cei ling suffit, which
created a kind offrame.
So I pai ntedjust t hat wall
re(:ss in this muted blue
gray, which has that sense
of calm I look fori n colors.
"l"he blue gave mea beauti
ful silhuuette furthe dark
wood ofthedining table,
and also tied back tothe
colorsin the living room
upholstery."
MARK EPSTEIN
S!NIAMIN MOORE
PHlllPSSURGSlUE HC-159
5t 1 I'vegotwhite
wa lis and white floors
and one green free
standi ngwal1 . l ts a
green unlike any I've
eVerseen-nol olive. nOI
li meq not forest. It's
deeper than apple. mure
like green tea icc cream.
Everyone cummcntson
it. l t defines the space."
JOHNKEENEN
white and put the acrent
un the wall that gets the
most sun. It wi l l bounce
hack into t he roum and
suffuse it with color.
"his is an amazi ng pin k
with a ti ny bit of laven
der in it. It will warm up
thcwhole foom.And if
you're stressed, pink is
knuwn tu hc t ranquiliz
ing. l'risonspaint the
cells of the most da ngcr
ous inmates i n pink!"
BENJAMIN NORIEGA-ORTIZ
SENIAMIN MOORE
PRETTY PlN 20nso
Lon'touethetdeo. . .
"I am not a big fan ofthe one
wall wonder. I think it's
gimmicky like one earring,
What's the point?Couldnt
afford two?" SCOTTSAlVATOR
"Would I recommend it' Only
ifthe room offered no other
viable solution. Is it a good
idea? In professional hands_
yes. I n less eXperienced
hands_ pIbably not.
JEFFREYBILHUBER
"I'm on the 'Don't do it' side of
the fence. Painting one wall
says 'I'm afraid ofcommit
ment,' not 'I love this color.'"
NATE BERKUS
"t have never painted just one
wall a different color, It takes
your eye awayfrom every
thing else. I think it looks very
window-display. Too unfn
ished." STEPHEN SHU BEL
"I'm not a onewallonly girl.
I prefer to go in forthe kill.
I think you make much more
ofa statement and really
get your point across when
you paint all ofthewalls.
and often the ceiling.
ANGIEHRANOWSMY
"I wouldn't do just one wall
unless it was in stone or
wood. I like everything to be
the same so it doesn't look
decorated. Even ifthe room
is a box. I'd paint the whole
boxthe same color."
MYRA HOEfER
"Paintingjust one wall seems
a bit distracting and sortofa
half measure. Why betimid?
Pick a color you love and
goall the waywith it. baby!"
TODO ALEXANOER ROMANO
1O
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CO. 1 1 30S
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
"Parma Gray is a soft,
soothing blue that
feels like the ocean
a nd the sky-a n
unexpected choice in
a library. It doesn't
come across as baby
blue because there's
somuchgrayin it.
I didn't want to paint
the moldings the
usual black or white
but still needed a
nice contrast, and
came up with choco
late brown-like
earth against the sky.
It grounds the room
and picks Lipthe
tones orthe dark
wood furniture."
SCOTTS"NDERS
FAAROW ' BALL
PARMA GRAY 27
MAHOGANY 36
"I n a house by t he ocean
we painted the kitchen
Ih is beaut iful, change
able gray that spans the
arc from green to gray
to blue, dependingon
Ihe light. Then we chose
a pale, pale lavender for
Ihe I rim. It's ralher
ethereal and very lumi
nescent, as ifit has an
innerglow.
CHERVL KATZ
FAROWBAll
HARDwiCKWHITE5
BENJAMIN MOORE
.. -..-library,
I choseavibrant
Chinese red in high
gloss and painted the
walls about six times. to
get real depth. Thcn I
used a slight Iy browller
red on the moldings to
create a shadow line and
add a little cont rat. The
combinat ion is bold and
intense, but oddly
enough it's a very relax
ing room. The redjust
pulls you in."
WILLIAM R. EUBANKS
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
HEARTTHROB SW6B66
TANAGER SW6S01
We all know how to do blue walls
with white trim. Now what about some
more intriguing color combinations,
like eggplant and pale green?
"[ like washed-uut blue
walls, surroundcd by the
must heaven Iy shade uf
green forthe trim. It
reminds me uftheehang
ingcolorsoftheocean on
a sunny day. Of the sea
glass you find when
you're strollingon the
beach. Add a splash of
cobalt and a dash ofdusly
pink and S-e what that
dues foryoursenses!"
JENNIFER GARRIGUES
BENIAMIN MOORE
PALLADIAN BLUE HCI44
HOLLINGSWORTH GREEN HC,'.'
"This is aclassic Gusta
vian palette, with a wispy
blueon thewallsanda
cloudy blueon the mold
ings-likeglacial water
reflected against a latc
afternoon sky. Thceolors
ha\'e a grayish cast,
which gives them Ubuilt
in patina,sotheroom
neversL-mstoagc. lt's
already faded. There's
something SOft of calm
and happy about that."
ERIC LVSDAHl
BENJAMIN MOORE
LAKEPlACI0827
WHIRLPOOL 1436
wild about soph ist i
cated colur combos like
cora I walls with twig
brown trim-or vice
versa. II'S fresh and
unexpected, but aetu
lIlly, the Brits have been
doing it forcenturies.
The rosy pin k has char
acter and warmth and
rcaIly flatters every
thing i n I he Toor
pcopleand furniture.
It's like blush foryour
wal1.And the brown tics
in withwhal's happen
ing on the floor, and
your dark browl]
furniture."
ElAINE GRIFFIN
RALPH LAUREN PAINT
CAPRI PINK VM71
CHOCOLATE SOUFFL
t
VM90
"I recently pai nted a
I iving room tlCQlor
of lobster bisque,
lacquered to give it the
depth lostand up 10
bld: trim. Very London
1930S, s ifit's eternally
cocktail hour and
Ev<lyn waugh could
walk in at any moment.
The black trim did it,
but I never uS pure
black. Ilcre it was tinted
with green so it's not
quite so strident. Yuu
ha\'e to sl rike blnce
betweendramaand
livability. The room is
ad\'enturous, but people
still feel secure-and
they look good."
MLCOLMJMESUTNER
PRATT&LMBERT
SOBTLEQRANGE97
BlACMWATCH GREEN 1917
u\eue out he walls
conveys a sense of deep
space, like a Ma rk
lothko painting. It's
expansive and tonally
rich. Then I'd be auda
eious and mix it with an
equally provoeat i\'e
t rim color like I his
cit rony graygreen. It
might be too much fora
bedroom ora living
room, but try it in a
study. a library. or a
powder rOOIll.
WHITHV STEWART
BENJAMIN MOORe
CAPONATAAF-650
living room, I painted
not only the moldings but
the panels in bel ween in
Dorset Cream, nd then
used Sand on the remain
derofthe walls. Sand is
tilt! colorofwct sand-a
mucky, ruddybrown
with a little red in it to
perk it up. In a big room,
you wouldn't necessarily
want too much ofit, but
the Dorset Cream trim
sweetens it and keeps the
room light and bright."
DARREN HENAULT
FARROW & BALL
SANO 4b,DORSH CREAM 66
. reason these colors
wurk su well together is
that they're the most
natural combination.
I ike I he green leaves a nd
brown bark ora tree. I
think there's somethi ng
therapeut ie about pa Ie
green walls, and the
nutty brown trim has an
undertone ofgreel1.
That reflection back and
forth adds to t he sense
of peace. I'd uS these in
a smaller, mure intimate
room where you read or
I isten to music, They let
you drift into illlagina ry
worlds evcn with your
eyes wide open."
BASIL WALTER
DONALD MAUFMAN COLOR
DC63.0MC50
"The Swedes were brilliant
at using paint toereate
architectural detail. even
where there was none, and
we followed thcirexarple
in adining room. The walls
were painted Arrowroot, a
chalky white, and then we
outlined them in a slightly
darka shade to mimic
all 1Sthcentury trim. The
colors arc pale and dreamy,
as ifyoll were seeing
them bycandldight."
CAROLOLASSER
PRATT&LAMBERT
ARROWROOT 2932
PHANTOM 11-31
" I never treat
a bath room as
a bath mom, but
as another mom
in the house.
The fl'st thing
bought was the
painting, and the
colors came out
of it. There's a
powdery blue on
thewalls and a
powdery gray on
the wainscoting.
Very soft. When
you walk in every
morning, you don't
want to have a
shock. It's a sooth
ingcombination."
PAOLO MOSCHINO
FARROW&BALL
LIGHT BLUE 22
OlOWHITe4
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7
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SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
"Blue was a natural
for a Nantucket
boathouse, and it
brightened all that
old wood
.
Then we
spattered it with
red, white, and blue,
so you don't notice
all the sand you
track i n. Youust
tap a wet paintbl'sh
against a strip of
wood, but it's more
diffcult to control
than you think.
It could end up
looking like a
Jackson Pollock
but that would be
cool, lOO."
GARYM080URHIE
BENJAMIN MOORE
DEEPOCAN 205830
"[ did this i n a guest
hOllse where the prel i
ousowllcrhad put i n
nasty fake terra-cotta
tile. You know that
icky pale pi n k colorf It
drovcmClluts! I painted
it whi\eand did
driftwood-colored
wicker furniture with
bille-and-white fabric.
II completely trans
formed thcspacc."
SCHUYlER S"PERTON
BENIAI4IN MOORE
SWISS COFFEEOC-45
U's unexpected.
contemporary. upside
down!This turquoise is
theCQlorofourSalita Ic
sky on a clearday. Hang
an ant ler chandelier,
slipcover the sofas in
oatmeal linen, add a
rust ic coffec table, and
you've got a hip. afford
able Santa Fe look."
EMILY HENRY
BoNJAMIN MOORE
SPECTRA BUIE 204950
Painting the floor is one of the most
powerful decorating makeovers. How
about tomato red or ocean blue?
"t n a 1!70S ImdyBIII/cl
ranch house. e\'erything
was wood-cedar plank
walls, oak floor. It was
just too much wood. So
we painted t he floors ill
this crisp, clean white
and the houselclt much
lighter and more
contemporary. They'll
tell you that you canjust
put a pri mer over the
c:.sting floor. but don't
bclieve it. Sand it down
frst to get a better bond."
ElDONWOHG
BEN)AMIN MOORE
OECORATORS WHITE INT. RM
rich. deep green
paintcd floorwill always
be reminiscent of good
tradit ional architec
ture-everything from
Georgian shutters to the
green floorcloth i n the
ent rance hall orMonti
cello. lt'sa nobrainer
for a porch foor.
because it has a natural
connection to the
outside. And this dark
forest green sits duwn. It
doesn't jump out at you."
SAM BLOUNT
BEN)AMIN MOORE
LAfAYETTEGREEN HC13S
I love painted staircases,
and I'm doing one right
now that leads upto
an attic playroom. The
base color is a wonder
ful. warm white. nd
then I'm havinga two
color Sl ripe-in gray
beige and a deep. rich
gray-blue-painted on
the outside ends of
eaeh tread and riser. It's
like a virt ual runner.
A little tongue-i neheek,
and lessc:pensive than
a earpet."
BETSY BURNHAM
DUNN-EDWARDS
WHISPER DEW30
DUNN-EOWARDS
MUSLINDE6221
FARROW & BALL
DOWN PlPE26
"A plain stained floor
is a missed opportu
nity 10 me. I did Ihis
radial ingsquares
thing 10 add some
zing 10 a lillIe pass
through space at the
Kips Hay showhouse
where a real rug
would havebeen
a t,'ippinghazard.
The squares were
espresso brown
and soft silver-gray,
but irthat's too
much contrast, do
tone-an-tone. Classic
blue and white
would be great in
a beach house."
JOEL WOODARD
BENJAIN MOORE
DEEP CAVIAR 213020
5lLVERLlNING2J19-6C
1 10ve painted floors!
People a Iways miss this
amazing tool, Hugs cost
beaucoup dollars, and
paintinga floor is also
Icssexpensive than
puttingin a new one.
Once 1 did a wide stripe
on onewall ofa teen
ager's room and cont in
ued it across the floor
and up t he opposite
wall. In whitewhiteand
the palest sand. It was
very ethereal-and hip!
MARYDOUGLAS DRYSD"LE
BEHR
ULRAPUREWHITE 185O
RALPHLAUR(N PAINT
GOLF TEE WHITE IB41
my red floors. Every
floor in Illy log cabin is
red. I
'
ve been buying
rustic antiques and
A lIlericana for years. so
it ended upbcinga nice
base for mycollections.
And it brings lIle this
absolutechceriness.ln
summer, ir feels Ii ke the
Fourth of July: in winter,
it's like Christ mas."
ANTHONV BARATTA
BENJAMIN MOORE
CARNlVALRED
1 painted mydining
room flour because
I didn't want togo
through the hassle and
expense ofrefillishing it.
I wanted something
da rk, because a dark
floordressesupa room.
This iron gray has a little
blue in it, and t hat tinge
of color gives it more
deplh. It's not just a
dead black. A nd then
youcanbrillgi na
brighter color and have
fun wilh il- l ! 's pretty
with myycllowchairs."
KATIERIDDER
BENJAMINOORE
WESTCOTT HAVY1524
"The reason I paint a floor
is to get this surl of tonal
cocoon. I dothewalls
and the noor in the
same color so I he eye
goes around very softly.
There's nol hingjarring.
llikelhiscolorbecause
it's more than a beige.
Sometimes it's straw
berry yogurt and 5OPC-
times it's wet sand,
depending on the light.
It always works because
it's su ca Iming."
BRET BElDOC
BENJAMIN OORE
KITTEN WHISKERS 1OC3
" I painted a sunroom
floor in twocolurs,
agraykhakiovera
di r ied-up sky blue, so
as yuu walk overit the
blue starts to show
through. It creates this
nice scruffy look. as ifil
has aged over a long
lime-but it happcns
fasler. When you reach
that ideal mument and
it looks pleasantly wor,
finish it with clear poly
uret hane to preserve it.
STEVEN SCLAROFF
BENJAMIN MOORE
GRAYOWL213760
LUEJEAN2C62-5O
1@
FHO.T DOOHS
SOLVI NG PROBLEMS WITH COLOR
"Co with sumething
strong and bold that
makcsaslatcmcnt.
r
like I his gorgeous raisi n
with undertones of
purple and gray and
brown.ll"san unusual
color for a front door. A
little mysterious. It
would whet the palate
for the entry foyer. Why
not dalha! i n some
thingcxcit ing and
complementary, like
Chic Limcf"
CARL O'AQUINO
BENJAMIN "'OORE
MOUNTAIN R'DGE 1456
CHIC LIME 396

of cinr13-
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of orange and umbcr-
the colurofold Chinese
lacqucrandgood
paprika and the pollen
in a lily. Usc three coats
of high-gloss paint uvera
tinted primer logive it
depth and make it so
thick and shiny, it looks
like you licked it. Then
get n niL" brass kickplatc,
which is like putting a
bracelet on yuurdoor."
MALLORYMAR5HALL
BE'IJAMIN MOORE
MOROCCAN RED 1309
"This would bc a great
culor to comc homc to at
thc end of a hard day. It
reminds me ofProvencc
and those van Gogh
fields full of harvested
wheat. tt'sgot that
baked-in-thc-sun look.
r
likc it bL"ausc its warm.
but not oneofthose
shock-valuc yellows.
Unexpected, bul not out
oflhe ballpark. It's one
of those colors that just
has agluw."
MATTHEWPATR\CK5MYTH
FRATT& lAMBERT
BEE5WAX 11-S
"I'm envisioning a
Shingle Style house with
white trim and a bright
lemon yellow door. l
think it would bevcry
wdcoming,nnd a little
daring. In summer. it
would look great with
greenery nnd flowers,
and in winter, it would
brighten up that barren
feeling:
5TEPHEN5HUBEL
BENJAMIN MOORE
5UNBUR5T223-4
bluc
black in the shade, bill il
turns into a rich. deep
blue in Ihe sun. It would
look just as great on a
stonc house in lhc moun
tains as it would on a
fadcd, si Ivery-shingled
Cape Cod at I he beach."
ANDREW FLESHlR
BENJAMIN MOORE
EVENINGSY833
It's the easiest makeover of al l . Why
not try pumpkin or plum or cinnabarfor
an unforgettable frst i mpression?
"This is a Spanish
Colonial house in the
Califomia chaparral,
at the foot ofa
mountain range.
The land is carvcd by
arroyos, covered
with mesquite and
mustard wced.
Everything is dry
and dusty. Any green
atall i sa triumph
over nature. J found
this eolol" under
layers ofpai nl on
SOme l l" i m, and used
ilon lhe fronldoOl". ll
evokes the notion of
shade, beckoning
the visitor inside.
hinting at the cool to
be found within."
ATHRYN M. 1RELANO
FARROW&8All
FOllY GREEN 76
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would use this
pumpkin wilh olive
trim. lt'sa bold color
t hat pushes the enve
lope for a front door. It
says. '1 dare you to wa I k
through.' nut t hen it's
also very appea ling.
It's the new paradigm
for anyone who is tired
of red doors. It's more
youthful."
WHITNEY STEWART
BENJAMIN MOORE
OLIVE BRANCH 2143-30
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th3llooks wonderful on
the front doorsofbrick
houses with white trim.
This green is so dark it's
a Imost black, but when
the sun hits it you clearly
sec the green. It's the
colorofa spruce tree. I'd
do it in high gloss,super
thick. like those beauti
ful Georgian front doors
you Sl' in England with
a round brass doorknob
right in thecenter."
PHOEBE HOWAfO
FARROW & BAll
"Grays can be so dull,
but this has a little kick
to it. It's such a sophist i
eated shade of gray,
wit h that lavendercast.
It reminds me of the
gray one sees in
Georgian interiors,
part icu larly t he Adam
houses in thc English
countryside, In high
gloss, puree1cgancc! "
PHIUPGORRIVAN
BENJAMIN MOORE
HAMPSHIRE ROCKS 14S0
,:,h"''''""'peopleto
th ink they have to live
by the water to usc I his,
but it docs remind me
of the Caribbean_ It's a
deep, dark blue-green,
al most like ajewel tone
Of something you'd see
on a peacock feather. I
think it's fun toexperi
ment wit h somet hing a
I ittle different 01 your
front door, You don't
have to goerazy with
the whole house. and
you could do it in an
afternoon. Add a pair
of plants-in beaut iful
pots, ofeourse."
ANGIE HRANOWSKY
BENJAMIN MOORE
,''WI," you frst sec this
deep, rich purple, it
looks quite da rk, but it
nevef loses the color.
There's a good dose of
red plum underneath.
It would look kind of
dapper on a door, very
Savile Row. Darkand
distinguished, yet
unexpected. And it
would work equally
well on a traditional Of
a modern house."
KtN FULK
C2 PAINT
W'CEOC2-001
"I wanted to draw
people to the door
like bees to a
flower, and this
luscious red did
the trick The
color has such
clarity. It's like the
most kissable lips_
The qualityofthe
high gloss in this
particular brand
of Dutch enamels
is fantastic, and
they also wear like
iron. It's like the
best manicure
you've ever had,"
SUZANNE TUCKER
FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE
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JOE NICOLETTI: The assumption
that my time doesn't matter and
that I'm ready, willing, and able to
offer advice at great length and
at no charge. And then when I
give the estimate, to be told, 'No,
I think I can get it done cheaper:
A lot of people shop painters not
just to compare price, but also
to steal ideas that they then will
turn around and do themselves,
or ask their grandmothers to do
for them. My antenna goes up as
soon as I suspect it. I don't want to
do that dance.
What's the most commonmistake
people make when itcomes to
choosingapainter?
Hiring the cheapest guy, and then
epecting too much. Or hiring the
guy you think you can take advan
tage of, and then having to make
all the decisions yourself
Howmuch prepwork should 1
expect?
It depends on how many moving
parts a room has. Let's say it has
chandeliers, freplace parapher
nalia. alarms. window locks. We
catalog and photograph each
item before either removing it
or securing it from any damage.
Then when we put everything
back in place, it's an easy check to
see ifanything was damaged.
Do you believe inbrushes, rollers.
orsprayers?
You need a combination of all
three. Some of it's logical, some a
judgment call the painter makes.
In most cases, for instance, you
wouldn't use a sprayer on trim.
The key is not only to use fne
brushes, fne rollers, and the
best airless sprayers, but also
to keep them absolutely clean.
Dirty brushes or rollers will leave
streaks, and a dirty sprayer will
spray unevenly.
Do you paint the trimjrst. then
thewalls?
Every situation is unique. Is there
a builder involved? Other trades
people? Are the rooms loaded
with fne architectural details? Do
the clients have particular prefer
ences? Some ask you to paint the
walls frst-they want the instant
gratifcation offast change. Oth
ers want to gauge the look of the
trim work before anything else is
done. Typically, though, it makes
the most sense to start with the
ceilings and the walls, and move
on to the molding, door trim,
doors, and baseboards.
What are the best paintjnishes
fordifrentsurfaces?
Anything goes these days. High
gloss oils on walls? Why not!
Metallics on glass? Sure! But if
you're asking what the standard
is, I'd say satin or semigloss for
doors. molding, and trim. and flat
for walls and ceilings.
Isitworth payingmoreforthe
premium brands?
The premiums spread more
smoothly and adhere to surfaces
better. They require fewer coats
to get that nice uniform appear
ance. They tend to last longer.
They're more resistant to the
normal dirt and staining that
comes from everyday life,
and they generally hold up to
repeated cleanings much better.
What's your feelingabout 'green:
non-toxicpaints?
I think 'green' is an overused
word, and a little overblown~ A
relatively low percentage ofcli
ents ask for low-VOC or non-VOe
paint. Frankly, a lot of people con
sider the level oftoic emissions
in paint a negligible risk factor.

Howmany coats willI need?


A primer is a must. And generally
two or three coats, depending on
the condition ofthe surface.
How longbeforel"U need torepaint?
Barring fres or floods or a
rambunctious dog, you could go
from fve years to forever-with
normal touch-up maintenance.
What should I do if/he painteris
midway into ajoband 1 realize the
color isall wrong?
Don't hesitate. Tell him. In most
cases, he'll do it over for a mini
mal charge if the change isn't too
extreme. If it's lacquered red and
you decide you want white latex
fat, that's going to cost more.
Should 1 geta written warranty?
Every job should have a signed
contract specifying what you've
agreed to. It helps avoid misun
derstand ings, disappointments,
and unrealistic expectations.
Howdoyou manageadient's
expectations?
Communicate. Show them you're
listening. Bewilling to make
changes as the job evolves. Don't
get locked into an adversarial
relationship. You're on the same
team.
What can 1 do to make lifeeasier
fryou?
Be open to my suggestions.
Make me feel like a partner, not
an employee. Sure, I want to
make money, but I also want to
do good work, feel a sense of
accomplishment and pride and,
yeah, even have some fun along
the way. Tell me every once in a
while, 'Hey, that's really look
ing good.' And when the job is
done to your liking. say Thanks.'
Makes a world of difference. *
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