ColorTherapy: Underwater Blue

ColorTherapy: Underwater Blue

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 8, 2008

Name: G20740
Brand: Fine Paints of Europe

This is some of the smartest color design I've seen in some time, and I'll say that because I can't completely take credit for it, there were so many people involved. You've seen the same thing so many times—pale walls and dark furniture. Here, it's the room that's super-saturated and the furniture that's bleached white…

I snapped this photo post-construction, but you get the idea. The walls are Ralph Lauren Indian Rhubarb NA63 (my new favorite gray), the floors are Jacobean, the ceiling is bright white so you don't feel like you're in a cave, and the off-white baseboard breaks things up just so. But the pièce de résistance is this dark, underwater blue from Fine Paints of Europe.

I often recommend deep, underwater colors like this for bathrooms as an alternate to periwinkle. What's unusual about this color is how much I like it in the main room; and how rich, dark and sensual it is--I thought I'd float away every time I saw it. It's so dark, the only thing that makes sense is to take the color out of the furniture altogether and shop white. Genius!

Some might think dark colors are antiquated or musty, but I think this proves that they can be very contemporary as well. Forgive the blurry photos, I was standing on one leg. Chairs by Philippe Starck.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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