Blues, Teals, Greens + Buttercream in the Kitchen

September 29, 2012



I’m currently working on a palette for an historic home in DC where we are using “color” on painted cabinetry.  Of course, many cabinet lines offer the option of custom color.  Crown Point Cabinetry even offers milk paint finishes and colors in the historic Farrow & Ball range. These images caught my eye. The cabinetry is classic but casual and the colors are soft and pleasing to the eye.



via Plain English Design




via Better Homes and Gardens



I’m also loving the used of “mixed” cabinetry here- saturated color on base cabinets with white and glass above.



via Better Homes and Gardens



Here, simple open shelving is combined with base cabinets painted in “butter”.



Studio Sarah Willmer via Houzz



And here, a lively combination of  Benjamin Moore ‘Stratton Blue’ on upper cabinets is paired with  ’Pale Avocado’ below. The dark countertops, floors and ceiling make this combination sing.





via Plain English Designs



The last image of  cabinetry is from Plain English ( “bespoke” and from the UK, of course).  And the kumquats are the perfect dollop of complementary color.






Tantalizing Teal

June 25, 2011


Who doesn’t love  ”teal” –that watery mix of blue and green?  Somehow, I don’t have even a drop of this color in my closet or home.



Helen James


The designer Helen James used this saturated hue in this powerful image, based on the paintings of Vermeer. The combination of teals, greens and acid yellows is simply arresting.

In interiors, teal is often used in limited doses as an accent color but can be such a gutsy choice when balanced by  complementary reds and oranges.


House Beautiful


And here is GUTSY.  Designer  Rob Southern actually painted over mahogany paneling (gasp!) in this library with a high gloss teal– Benjamin Moore’s Bermuda Turquoise.  Light flooring and red accents make it work.



Kelly Berg


When the talented Kelly Berg of Arte Styling posted this photo of her home office I immediately filed it under “Perfect Teals”.  She used Benjamin Moore’s Rendezvous Bay on the walls.  Again the orange tone of the floors and furniture bring balance to the space. And take a look at that subtle ceiling color. Perfect, indeed.



C2 Paint



I’m dying to try this color- C2 Paint’s Luna .  This brand is the master of complex saturated color– they use finely ground artist-grade European colorants to create an unmatchable luminosity and depth.





Another gorgeous image from Lonny Mag.  This is the Hell’s Kitchen studio of designer Ben Brougham. The wall is painted Benjamin Moore’s Surf Blue.




Bermuda Turquoise, Rendezvous Bay, Luna, Surf Blue





Clifford Smith


And speaking of surf…all that blue/green got you thinking about water?  Dive right in.  Painting by Clifford Smith via Spanierman Gallery.