|Walls are painted Yellow Finch by Benjamin Moore. Image from CB2.|
Now I don't know how y'all spend your Sunday afternoons, but one of my favorite activities is hanging in the Ben Moore aisle at Ace Hardware, quietly pilfering swatch cards.
When I get home, I cut the swatches into little squares, glue them to heavy cardstock and make notes on each (e.g., "great color for kitchen cabinet interiors" or "nice beige—or too Band-Aid?") and file them away until the day when I, too, can paint my own space. I'm renting, you see. Renting.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere, though, not just the paint aisle. And one of my favorite resources for punchy, modern paint colors is the CB2 catalog, which shows up in my mailbox a few times per annum, just like magic.
Let's start with white. CB2's hue of choice is Decorator's White, a bright, clean white favored by Ken Fulk, Leslie Klotz, Carleton Varney, Eldon Wong and many other designers. (Image above from the CB2 spring catalog.)
Deep teal and sunshine certainly make transcribing interviews less dreary. Above, walls are painted Blue Zircon by Pratt & Lambert. Image from CB2.com.
The background above is painted Gray 2121-10 by Benjamin Moore. The bar? I'm betting it's Claret Rose (pg. 16, spring catalog).
Above, Bunny Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Above, Golden Tan by Benjamin Moore. Sort of boring, but she certainly looks calm, doesn't she?