I think I speak for everyone when I say: I miss traveling!! During this time, we all have reflected and critiqued our interiors due to the sheer amount of time spent at home. That said, I created 3 color palettes inspired by my past projects. These color combinations will enliven any interior!
As many of you may know, I worked on my dream project at Le Mas des Poiriers a few years back. This gorgeous 18th century farmhouse is located on the outskirts of Avignon in the Provence region of France, an area that is renowned for its classic blue, vibrant ochre and timeless ivory. While working on the project, I extensively researched regional homes and aspired to only incorporate sophisticated Provençal style colors.
When selecting four paint colors that encapsulate this project, it was clear to me that Farrow and Ball Light Blue, No. 22, must be first on the list. This paint is used on the cabinets of the kitchen and was inspired by a visit to a nearby hotel’s country kitchen. Next, there are classic mid-tone blues present in each room. To represent this tone, I chose Farrow and Ball Ultra Marine, No. w29. The silk damask draperies in the Dining Room are an example of this color and are, coincidentally, my favorite part of the room’s design.
Farrow and Ball Pointing, No. 2003, is reminiscent of the plaster walls and complement the Provençal blues perfectly. Lastly, I had to include an ochre color to round out the palette. Farrow and Ball India Yellow, No. 66, is a warm tone similar to the earth pigment used during the time of this home’s beginning and can be found in the pottery styled within.
The furniture and antique pieces resourced for the home follow the same scheme. Special elements like the oil paintings, rich Pierre Frey fabrics, antique Faience and oriental carpets give each room character and a grounded feeling. To read more about this project, check out my post on installing and styling the interiors here.
I am lucky to claim the climate, vibrance, and upbeat nature of Dallas as my home. My Highland Park Modern project encapsulated all of the dynamic city. Our client loves rich jewel tones like Emerald green, Peacock blue and Aubergine so we use these colors throughout the home as energetic accents.
The palette crafted from this project pays tribute to the eclectic art collection and bold color scheme. Benjamin Moore Neptune Green 658 is similar to the teal shades dispersed throughout the home. Benjamin Moore Intense White OC-51 is a sophisticated shade that enhances the vibrant colors surrounding it. This is the paint to use if you want a neutral base to complement other bright shades.
The color palette would not be complete without a brassy hue like Benjamin Moore Bryant Gold HC-7. This represents the warm tones pulled from the artwork as well as the metal accents used in this modern home. Benjamin Moore Vintage Claret 1364 is the berry tone that rounds out the Dallas palette. This vibrant color adds gorgeous, sophisticated color to any room.
With terrazzo floors and clean-lined contemporary walls, the airy home feels like an art gallery. I decided to design the palette with a similar approach so each color has a strong presence of its own.
New York, New York
This New York Penthouse was inspired by the sleek designs of Jean-Michel Frank and the Bauhaus movement. Rich woods and sophisticated muted tones influence the palette for this project. I selected the colors from Fine Paints of Europe because this bespoke brand represents a quality similar to the caliber of this space.
To start the palette, I chose a warm chocolate brown – Fine Paints of Europe 6012. This color is the foundation of the design in the rich walnut wood and fabrics and each color pairs with it seamlessly. The icy blue found in the Master Bathroom’s hand glazed tiles, silk wallpaper throughout, and the sky surrounding the penthouse are represented by Fine Paints of Europe WC-09. A complimentary cool tone that is perfect for this earthy palette.
Next, I chose a white that has the right undertones to complement the refined pieces within. Fine Paints of Europe G005 is a shade from the Guggenheim color collection, featuring colors that curators and Frank Lloyd Wright himself loved. The last color selected for my New York palette is a soft camel. To tie the neutral tones together, Fine Paints of Europe P07140 rounds out this refined color selection.
Designing this space for a man, I wanted to give it a powerful, yet refined aesthetic. Rich materials, custom pieces and a client directive for a “luxe hotel suite” vibe led us to a finished product I still look to with enthusiasm.
I hope you are able to draw inspiration for your next painting project with the palettes crafted above. Here’s to a brighter new year!
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Kathy Binks says
Love it Sue!! Hope you are well!