ColorTherapy: What To Paint a Big Loft Other Than White

Here’s one for the archives and search engines: “What color should I paint my loft? I don’t want bright white and I hate Linen.” Try one of these…

This is a loft up in Harlem. It’s new construction so the surfaces are in good shape, and there aren’t any of those Victorian-era window casings to interfere with our Modernism. The palette is fairly monochrome, so we chose assorted off-whites to tone the walls, with a black accent wall in the bedroom.

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the walls in the main room don’t feel dark at all--they’re barely even a color, we’ve just warmed them up a bit. When you have this much wall and that much light, the color spreads out pretty quickly (unless it is black). It’s only when you look up at the ceiling that you’ll really notice the difference.

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The living room here is Atlantic Winter TH-01, a warm grey. The main bedroom is White Ice OC-58, and the second bedroom is Soft Chamois OC-13. In general, I would prefer soft pearly gray tones like these instead of beige or yellowish off white. I’ve also painted Cove Point WW-29 and Tudric Pewter TH-02 in downtown lofts and even painted a loft bedroom in dark, purpley Claret TH-54. If anyone has pictures of unusual colors in lofts, please post.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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