does the sight of that paint fan deck overwhelm you?

here are some tried and true colors:


Benjamin Moore’s "White Dove" OC-17

{it’s not stark white, it’s soft and it’s my favorite}

Benjamin Moore’s "Chantilly Lace" OC-65

{it’s as "stark white" as I’m willing to go}


Benjamin Moore’s "Abingdon Putty" HC-99

{has a green undertone – love it! great for kitchens & living rooms}

Benjamin Moore’s "Carrington Beige" HC-93

{great for trim (when you want a darker trim and lighter walls), living rooms, kitchens}

Benjamin Moore’s "Grant Beige" HC-83

{has a gray undertone (which I’m really drawn to right now).  Gorgeous with blue.}

Benjamin Moore’s "Camouflage" 2143-40

{another with a green-undertone, i love this color.  great for floors, ceilings, walls, anything!}


Benjamin Moore’s "Woodlawn Blue" HC-147 & "Palladian Blue" HC-144 are both fabulous! 

Ralph Lauren "Celery" sort of a green-blue (available at Home Depot)


Benjamin Moore’s "Georgian Green" HC-115 is a great yellow-green (rich and warm).

Benjamin Moore’s "Salisbury Green" HC-139 is a blue-green some may say "sage".

Benjamin Moore’s "Kennebunkport Green" HC-123 is a good dark green (think "library")


Benjamin Moore’s "Boothbay Gray" HC-165 will make you feel like you are on the coast of Maine.

Benjamin Moore’s "Gray Horse" 2140-50 is a gray with tan undertones.


NOTE: Yellow is hard.  It can be "school bus" and "nursery" if you aren’t careful!

Pittsburg Paint "Cornmeal".  Looks great with blues & greens.

Benjamin Moore’s "Beacon Hill Damask" HC-2.


Front Door Red: Sherwin Williams "Chanticleer"

Front Door Deep Red: Benjamin Moore’s "Sangria" 2006-20.

Unless you are Bunny Williams or Charlotte Moss   (whoa, hello, just realized Lindsay who was my favorite girl when I worked at Victoria Hagan, is now with Charlotte Moss, yeah!  She is so talented, and SO nice!)  So, about RED, if you are painting your walls red, you either have a fabulous eye for design, or you have a fabulous designer!

BROWNS (and deep TAUPES):

A good ‘chocolate bar brown’ by Benjamin Moore is "Whitall Brown" HC-69.

If you want a "close to brown" but are a little timid try Benjamin Moore’s "Fairview Taupe" HC-85 (a gray-brown) or "Texas Leather" AC-3. 

Or if you just want a really rich color try one of these "Sag Harbor Gray" HC-95, "Hampshire Gray" HC-101, "Clarksville Gray" HC-102.


I didn’t hit specifics like "orange" or "pink"… but typically those are directed by a fabric selection (in other words are very "specific"!!  A good rule of thumb – and you may have noticed based on my colors above – stick with a muted color palette… {obviously design is very subjective and other designers may disagree}, but I prefer Benjamin Moore’s "Historical Color" Collection (hence the "HC" beginning to many of the color #s).  Benjamin Moore puts it like this: Historical Colors – Steeped in tradition, the refined, elegant hues of the Historical Collection deliver timeless color that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces.

Of course there are many fabulous paint lines out there… but our options here in my area are limited.  Farrow and Ball, Pratt & Lambert, Sherwin Williams, Ralph, and look who finally joined the wonderful world of interior paint… PANTONE

NOTE: when selecting paint colors, remember that what you are looking at on a small color chip will be twice as dark on the walls!!


If you are BRAVE… this is another personal favorite: RALPH LAUREN REGENT METALLICS!  Check out their collection at Home Depot.  I recently helped a friend with her nursery (she has such fabulous taste which always makes my job easier), she brought me a picture of a gold crib… I thought I would fall out of my chair with excitement!  I’ll have her email me a close-up of the crib painted in Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics Gold (and her cute monogram boxed terrycloth bumper pads).  It really turned out great!!! 


Sophie’s mom (Katie) sent me photos of the gold crib – the drapery rods are gold too.  Enjoy.


The little angel that calls this place home: Sophie.  Her precious gown matches her boxed terrycloth and silk bumpers… I could just cry she’s so sweet!!!



Swan Dive



Anyone subscribe to House & Garden?  My college roommate loved Gwyneth Paltrow, now I have a good reason to love her too!  Check out more pictures of her Hampton’s hideaway here .  Stylists are amazing- how on earth is it that a pair of black Converse high tops look great with the Schumacher’s Lace in Aqua?  Can’t say that I would have ventured there… but it’s a fun juxtaposition!  Somehow I can’t quite see Chris Martin (her Coldplay hubby) hanging out in that feminine dining room (eating on pink dishes)… maybe he spends his time in the kitchen with the fabulous concrete countertops!  I haven’t read the article yet (I look, I look again, then I read).  The painted wood floors (kitchen) are oh-so close to the exact color I painted the ones in my new (moving this weekend!) office space… nice pick Gwyneth!

I’m venturing to say there will be many more magazine article reviews here on this blog, probably a few lists too.  For now, this wraps up post #1.