ColorTherapy: Claret

Name: Claret
Brand: Ralph Lauren
Number: TH54

This is one of my favorite colors in the history of interior painting, and I admit I've used it more than once, but with dramatically different effect each time...

Here, we contrasted the dark/warm wall color with a light/cool trim color (Ben Moore Pale Smoke, 1584), which in turn contrasts the warm wood of the doors. This full-bodied color creates a very sensual space, but is not for the faint of heart.

NB: these dark and red-based colors are transparent and can require up to five coats; plan accordingly.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

(RePublished from 2006-06-20 - MGR)