(Please note that during the month of August, Mark will be taking a break and running favorite old posts for your pleasure.)
I experienced my first color explosion on the Riviera a few years ago and have scarcely painted a white wall since. I marveled at the use of color on buildings both inside and out, in a palette I call "Sorbet and Baby Poo."
Salmon, apricot, saffron and dirty ochre are undiluted and shimmer against copper green window shutters and the sea beyond. These images were taken in Nice and nearby Villefranche-sur-Mer, and a cabdriver mentioned that buildings lining the port of Nice are required by law to remain pastel.
I think colors like these would be smashing in a foyer or dining room. Homeowners: how do you feel? A pink house with green shutters might not fly in the suburbs I grew up in, but could be just the thing for a lakefront property upstate.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter