ColorTherapy: Riviera Pastels, ’08

Two years ago I wrote about the Riviera as I first began this column. I recently returned to the south of France for some R & R—and had another one of my color explosions. This will be the first of three new articles on the colors of the French Riviera…

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Buildings all along the waterfront in small cities from Nice to Menton are painted the colors of sorbet and mustard. This palette is old world and whimsical, fun but never garish. It contains an Italian influence and is also a natural part of the earth and sea. I carried a batch of Ralph Lauren swatches with me, and the colors matched perfectly.

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To capture the earthy undertones seen in these pictures, you might also consider the Benjamin Moore Classic or Aura color decks, but not the brighter Color Preview. Try painting your shutters in Farrow & Ball Arsenic 214, another perfect match.

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I’ll close with a few of my watercolor sketches of the area…

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Ralph Lauren Color suggestions: Cinnamon VM35, Windsor Burgundy VM67, Capri Pink VM71, Caramel Pink VM70

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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