Why don't you paper your kitchen in black damask? OK, I'm officially using non-paint color submissions. This is an excellent way to show off your Kris Kringle cookie jar collection. Not a second too early for the post-holiday hangover.
Why don't you paint your nursery Aruba Blue? Saturated colors are in this season--Aruba is the new baby blue. And this room belongs to a girl. Benjamin Moore Aruba Blue 2048-30.
Why don't you paint your woodwork orange? Instead of an orange room with off-white trim, paint your room in grège and put the color in the details. My, what a beautiful harpy that is hanging over the toilette. Benjamin Moore Florida Orange 152.
Why don't you paint your bathroom hot pink? I've written it before: everyone looks good reflected in the mirror of a warm-toned bathroom. It somehow puts a blush in the cheeks. Benjamin Moore Hot Lips 2077-30.
Why don't you use a faux finish behind your credenza? Decorative painter Chuck Hettinger painted a wood grain pattern of knotty pine to complement his collection of Blenko glass. Very modern—you'd never know this from real paneling. chettinger (at) aol (dot) com, 212 614 9848.
Send me your colors! In 1936, Diana Vreeland began a column in Harper's Bazaar titled "Why Don't You…" which dispensed inspirational tidbits in her typically broad style. Such items were often based on color: "Why don't you—as does Schiaparelli—wear violet velvet mittens with everything? Pin an enormous beige topaz on your beige suit?" Email pictures, a brief description and the paint name if you have it to colortherapy (@) earthlink (dot) net, and put WHY DON'T YOU in the subject line.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter