Other people might have been turned off by this wallpaper, but I said keep it… or at least, keep it for now until future renovations. While much other work is going on in the rest of the house,
this wallpaper can stay put for the nonce — look closer and it’s actually sweet
and quaint, of an indeterminate “old” style. The one thing dragging it down was that odious pink paint on
the millwork. Something had to be done.
It took me three tries, but I think I finally got the right
purple to get this powder room up on its feet. We didn’t want anything matchy matchy, and the hue isn’t
actually pulled exactly from the pattern itself. Our inspiration was Farrow & Ball Pelt 254, bur they don’t
make oil paint anymore, and I insisted on oil paint.
I started out with a ditty from Fine Paints of Europe,
S-7020-R50B, which was garish in the extreme. My fault — bad match. Then I went to Benjamin Moore’s Black Raspberry 2072-20, but it still
wasn’t right and too colorful.
And then finally I alighted upon Dark Basalt 2072-10. It has much less chroma then the other
mixes, and almost reads as black lacquer, until you look closer and the color
slowly reveals itself.
(Images: Mark Chamberlain)