ColorTherapy: RLW Cabin

It was my great pleasure last winter to be involved in a project that I thought was rather special — a cabin in the woods designed by architect Larry Cohn of Huis Workshop as a personal getaway in upstate New York.

At the point I entered the frame, I found the nearly-finished project to be clean and precise in its design, with cool, polished concrete floors offset by rich, repurposed wood and an open flow of luminous space. Windows were placed high, affording privacy, light and copse-of-trees vistas without the need for drapes. What seemed like smallness from outside revealed abundant space inside due to smart planning.

Color-wise, we had this as an organizing concept: black box outside, white box inside with all “non-supporting” interior walls tinted in interesting hues. To a basic palette of gunmetal and grey, we added accents à la moderne along a primary triad of blue, red and yellow. Fun furnishings run from Pennsylvania flea-market finds to the dernier cri.

I’ll let pictures speak louder than words, but first let me point out that sharp mural in the opening photo by one Brian Gilmartin, painter extraordinaire. The idea was to bring the outside in by replicating the late-winter view from one of the windows. I still have the strike-off for this hanging in my studio. Skoal and good work, guys.

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Color Check-list — all Benjamin Moore


  • The bedroom is Champion Cobalt 2061-20

  • The door is Red 2000-10

  • The Mural and basement walls are Silver Song 1557

  • The downstairs bath is Viking Yellow 321

  • Sleep Alcove is Raccoon Fur 2126-20

(Images: Larry Cohn, Arianne Bibas and Mark Chamberlain)

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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