ColorTherapy: Coastal Fog

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Name: Coastal Fog AC-1
Brand: Benjamin Moore

Why would anyone with a color column write so frequently about grey? I think it�s important to point out the subtle beauty of a seemingly random neutral as an element within a larger design scheme. When used deliberately it can be an essential component in a smartly colorful room...

Costal Fog is perhaps what my friend Benjamin would call French grey, or a warm grey like wet cement. Look at how well it plays along with the green chair, the tchotchkes on the table, the crisp black lines of the wrought iron and the color in the poster. It�s elegant and simple.

Grey should not be equated with a garbage dumpster or the inside of a service elevator. In this instance, I like to think it feels like something Le Corbusier might have chosen, and is elevated above what is commonplace. This may not be as exciting as crimson, but I love it anyway.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

(RePublished from 2007-02-27 - 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.