ColorTherapy: French Bleu - A Travelogue

ColorTherapy: French Bleu - A Travelogue

Maxwell Ryan
May 13, 2008

Mark Chamberlain is off this week to Europe for a little color adventure. While he's away, we thought we'd bring back one of his earlier color adventures to France. Enjoy!

Name: Deep Ocean, Pacific Palisades, Tulum Blue
Brand: Benjamin Moore & Ralph Lauren

This week I would like to introduce a new element to Color Therapy: instead of showing pictures of actual rooms I've painted, I'd like to present photographs of something inspiring I've discovered in my travels, and offer suggestions for its uses in the home...

Whenever someone asks me to paint a room powder blue (or what I call Butterfield-8 blue) I roll my eyes heavenward and cluck at the lack of creativity. However, on a recent trip to France I couldn't help but notice several typically French uses of blue, which I found to be quite handsome.

There are storefronts all over Paris painted in a dark blue that has a green tint, and I love how the it plays off the color of the stone. Wouldn't this be stunning in a bathroom or foyer?

I'm a big fan of dark colors, but I prefer them in small spaces and with crisp white trim. I was surprised at how dark and saturated this blue is when I went to my color decks to compare.

Recommended matches: Deep Ocean (Ben Moore 2058-30), Pacific Palisades (BM 762), Tulum Blue (Ralph Lauren IB88).

PS. The blue in the medallion is the same hue as the french blue!

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

(ReEdited from 2006-07-11 - MGR)

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