ColorTherapy: Riviera Pastels

ColorTherapy: Riviera Pastels

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 25, 2006

Possible Names: Cypress VM27, Cinnamon VM35, Pink Chiffon VM39, Capri Pink VM71...more below
Brand: Ralph Lauren

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, and I will be posting a coral-colored study in a few weeks. 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.

Possible matches: Ralph Lauren Cypress VM27, Cinnamon VM35, Pink Chiffon VM39, Capri Pink VM71; Benjamin Moore Coral Gables 2010-40, Hydrangea Flowers 2008-40. (And just for fun, let's pretend the shutters were painted Seagrove, Ben Moore 653.)

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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