Paint Palettes from Donald Kaufman

Donald Kaufman's full spectrum paints have been mentioned time and again here by Apartment Therapy readers. For a closer look, here is a gallery of residences where his paints are used and their palettes explained...

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A Seaside Retreat by Joseph D'Urso: "Given the brilliance of summer light and the abundant detail it seems natural to paint the molding and wainscoting a balanced white, a color that would highlight the crisp architecture and not overwhelm it. The walls and ceilings needed to be dark enough to contrast with the white, but pale enough to be in harmony with the atmosphere. The pale wall tones contrast with the woodwork, but are still pale enough to be understated. Although recognizable as colors, they have the filmy quality of summer light."

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An 1840 House: "The living room is painted in graphite gray, a strong, cool color in contrast to the warmth of the terra-cotta entrance hall. Crisp white trim provides a clean counterpoint to highlight the colors and visually unite the rooms."

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Penthouse by DD Allen: "Ceilings are not high and rooms open onto each other with little defining architectural detail. An ebony-stained floor flowing throughout the space acts as a unifying factor and leads the eye away from the low ceiling by visually anchoring the rooms. Since the difference in value between the walls and dark floors is more pronounced than between walls and ceiling, the eye is naturally drawn downward to the area of greatest contrast. The dark floor also helps the medium-value walls remain neutral and seem less dark."

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An Urban Loft: "To be sure, red walls are a bold gesture, but it is surprising how easily the eye becomes accustomed to it. With one color used everywhere, even this emphatic red actually acts more like a neutral - the color's impact diminishes."

For more palettes and their descriptions, see Donald Kaufman Color.

AT READERS ON DONALD KAUFMAN COLOR:
"The King of Whites is Donald Kaufman, hands down." -mschatelaine from The Best Off-Whites
"You will get the best results with a gray that is mixed from a full spectrum of color. I've used Donald Kaufman paints and had great results." -James from Good Questions: What's That Gray in the Pic?
"Donald Kaufman Color collection has some nice warm grays: DKC-7 (pale), DKC-16 (medium), DKC-12 (almost taupe) and there is a warm white that looks nice with them: DKC-5." -greenlight from Good Questions: Color to "Whiten" These Cabinets?

Images: 1: Tina Freeman, 2: Fernando Bengoechea, 3, 4: Peter Margonelli

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