ColorTherapy: Burgundy

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Name: TH57 Burgundy
Brand: Ralph Lauren

For something different, why don't you try this: a dark color in the bathroom. Most people tend to defer to pale pastels for the bath for reasons unbeknownst to me. I think that bathrooms tend to be cramped, ugly spaces that we spend a lot of time in, and therefore require special attention to make them more appealing...

In my own bathroom, I’ve splashed murals of the Riviera across the walls, but that’s another column.

This dark color is slightly exotic in an Art Deco kind of way, and feels almost like installed leather panels. Even though this bathroom is small and uneventful, the color helps to suggest that it’s something more glamorous. And remember my secret: a warm color in the bathroom puts a rosy glow on your cheeks in the mirror!

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.