Look! We're Gunning For Monet in the Dining Room

Look! We're Gunning For Monet in the Dining Room

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 25, 2006

We have an awesome little house out on Long Island where we test out all our ideas. Every spring, as we fix the place up for summer renters, we try a few new things.

This spring we're trying to copy Monet's yellow dining room at Giverny. We visited Giverny last summer and were blown away by the dramatic use of saturated color and we're ready for it in our own life.

We also think that strong color is coming back into style so quickly that we will soon see a lot more of it all around. Goodbye to the beautiful, pale Martha Stewart colors of the 90's.

Monet's palette is very hard to nail, particularly because the light in his dining room changes and is unique to that space. We are looking for two colors: a lighter, paler yellow for the wall and a darker, more orange-y yellow for the trim.

Right now were leaning toward 319 for the walls and 321 for the trim. These are both Benjamin Moore Classic colors.

This trim color has also been used in porcelain dinnerware by Haviland & C. Parlon, so we're also drawing from that.

Mark Chamberlain (great painter) is painting this room this week and we'll have more images from him as we tease out the right way to go. Then we'll also have the final beauty shot for you after next weekend.

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