ColorTherapy: Claret

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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)

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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.

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