ColorTherapy: Travelogue - Pale Pastels

ColorTherapy: Travelogue - Pale Pastels

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 7, 2006

Possible Matches: Tear Drop Blue (BM 2053-60),Crystal Springs (BM 764), Prussian Blue (Ralph Lauren VM122), more below...

This is a companion piece to my French Bleu series (& part two) from last summer, and I've been thinking about this ever since I posted my Butterfield-8 blue column a few weeks ago.

I'm looking at a direct link that runs between the color blue shown here at Versailles and a fictional Fifth Avenue apartment. In both a regal effect is achieved. This color blue is cool, stately, rich and unobtrusive, the same as in our Butterfield-8 blue...

I remember this room as a sky blue, whereas Butterfield-8 blue runs to turquoise, though it's hard to tell by the quality of my photo. But that's splitting hairs, as the net result is the same. And God is in the details—note the delicacy of the painting in the boiserie.

In this third photo, the base color is celadon, a sea-green color. Although we see this all the time in America, I found myself looking at this color with fresh eyes at Versailles. Again, the detail in the boiserie and the contrasts between the soft wall color, dark marble and heavy gilt frame made me think that specific choices were being made in designing this room, as opposed to a random "let's not paint it too dark" attitude.

King Louis had money to burn when this estate was built. Some of the rooms in this château are incredibly ornate and opulent; here something quieter was desired, yet the color choices are still specific and elegant. Yes, that's Marie Antoinette on the wall.

Possible color matches: Tear Drop Blue (BM 2053-60), Crystal Springs (BM 764), Prussian Blue (Ralph Lauren VM122); Celadon Green (BM 2028-60), Climbing Lily (Ralph Lauren VM101).

Photographed at the Petit Trianon, Versailles.

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