Elana Safronsky, Managing Editor
Friday, September 11, 2009 5:16 PM EDT
Yes, mine. They're somewhat inline with what's prescribed in trend reports for fall, but are by no means endorsed by established gurus in the colour world. I'm going to keep it short and sweet, because I can't really give a coherent design reason for why these five colours appeal to me...
FYI, the headline names are made up colour names (paint manufacturers are welcome to rip off my linguistic acumen if they so please), and the photos are close to, but not exactly what my chosen colours will look like on your walls.
Let me know what you think:
Rose Petal Salmon
Photo via The Lenoxx blog; actual suggested paint colour: SICO Pink Sandalwood 6075-31
Gorgeous. That's all. I would like to defend this as a unisex choice, but it's Friday, and I don't think there's enough left in me. But please husbands, consider it. It's really nice.
Purple-y, Dusty Gray/Mauve
Photo via AppartmentTherapy.com ; actual suggested paint colour: Ralph Lauren Silver ChiffonVM158
Pretty trendy right now, but I have to admit defeat. I like it very much. It just reminds me of the perfect fall sweater, or fluffy cashmere hat and scarf. Put a nice wool suite on it and it can certainly work for the men folk as well. Not sure if I would commit to a whole floor of a home as it may become passe in the next few years, but a room -- yes.
Gun Powder (not my most creative moment)
Photo via Martha Moments blog ; actual suggested paint colour: PARA Powder Horn p2107-02
Another trendy choice these days, but with more legs than its mauve cousin above. I don't even know if I could do a whole room in it -- maybe the bedroom, if it was on the small side (I've seen it done and it was fabulous) -- but an accent wall for sure. It's just so rich and velvety. Looks great with natural, rich woods as and lots of cozy, fluffy blankets. If you've a very conservative palette, the drama on the walls will give your look some sophisticated oomph.
Seafoam Mixed with Light Lager
Photo via Sweet as a Peach blog; actual suggested paint colour: SICO Coastal Breeze 6199-31
Great with vibrant colour accents (blue, especially, as is shown in the photo), and works particularly well with white trim. If you're into French accents and have even gone as far as chateau trim on your walls, then this is simply the perfect colour. Could be resplendent, or, could be clean. In either case, it's instant richness.
My Whole House White
Photo via Emma's Blog ; actual colour: Benjamin Moore 925
Really, my whole house is painted in this, what I consider the perfect vintage white. It's a bit creamy and really looks buttery in the swatch but actually, it's just warm enough to give your head space a nice, tranquil atmosphere to come home to. We've lived with this paint colour in a few of our previous homes and I've not yet found reason to switch. Unless, of course, my husband ok's the pink... Oh, and I have to confess: I got this colour from House & Home Editor, Suzanne Dimma -- it's one of her faves.
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