Name: Grape Green 2027-40
Brand: Benjamin Moore
This is the kitchen in my friends' Brooklyn brownstone, and bless their hearts, I'm still getting color columns out of them. Look at those architectural details! This is actually the first room we painted after they purchased the house many years ago...
I was much more retiring then, and remember pressing for the next shade lighter on the color chip (Hibiscus 2027-50). But they're creative people and they know what they want; I'm glad we went all the way.
The thing I love about this room is how fresh and contemporary it is, without being garish. We've taken the concept of "brownstone" and brought it into the 21st Century.
Furthermore, I'll point this out again: of all the mid-range paint brands available, I like Benjamin Moore best. Ms. B says that even after five years, she can still dab at the spaghetti sauce spills in this kitchen without it staining the paint. Just so you know, the trim color is Bavarian Cream (OC-123).
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter