ColorTherapy: Lancaster Blue

Name: Lancaster Blue
Brand: Ralph Lauren UL34

I just had the most lovely, long weekend in the country (second in a row, atypically) and since my white-knuckled ambition won’t let me sit still, I pulled up my socks, pulled out my brushes and started painting accent walls...

I have before and after pictures so you can see where we were coming from. The scene is a ca. 1960 rambler near Woodstock, and the décor so far runs antiques through Mid-Century. This dining room was working itself up to a palette of high-contrast monochrome black and white.

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I thought a rich, Payne’s Grey behind the table would be seductive, and here’s what we finally alighted upon: Lancaster Blue. It makes vivid the white chairs and antlers, it both highlights and de-emphasizes the drapes, and brings a full mid-tone color to set of high-contrast values.

We had thought black or charcoal here for a second, or something more sapphire; but I’m glad we stopped down the darkness, and a little added chroma mitigates the potential severity of going all black or white.

And now I ask you, reader, for future reference which would you prefer? A slightly evocative blurry photo, or the colder harder camera phone pic above the jump?

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- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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