ColorTherapy: Blue Gray, Gervase Yellow

ColorTherapy: Blue Gray, Gervase Yellow

Mark Chamberlain
Jun 3, 2008

Name: Blue Gray 91, Gervases Yellow 72
Brand: Farrow & Ball

I have something to share this week that is slightly unusual for two reasons: I'm writing about a country house upstate instead of an apartment, and (at last!) I have more than one photo of the same color…

Having several photos will reveal how a color changes with light (and perhaps the limits of my photography). Neutral colors like this in particular can shift depending on the time of day, light conditions and other variables. Blue Gray is warm that runs slightly green in shadow, which leads me to my next point.

I have something else I haven't shown in a while: baseboards in a color other than white. I most frequently use Decorator's White for trim, White Dove with yellow or tan unless something special is called for. Since my first Farrow & Ball post a few months ago, I've learned quite quickly that the F&B palette tips upper-crust, and what Gervase Yellow evokes as a darker-than-Ivory trim color is just that, yet it also sits comfortably in Upstate Bohemia.

Gervase Yellow picks up on a mysterious tint in the wall color and the result is equally classic and mid-century, and is also a perfect foil for all the wood objets and hand-made lamps, done by the artist in residence.

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