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Westchester Designers on Introducing Color Within Interiors

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Photo by Emily Sidoti

Striking pops of color leave us asking — and answering — What color is that, and why did the local experts choose it?

neutral room

Walls: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray #1548 Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green #HC-187. Photo by Mike Van Tassell

“This a design-first space, which preserves and highlights the original detailing of a classic 1800s brownstone. [We] introduced color through deep hues in unusual places. In the study, we focused color on the wood moldings, custom bookshelf, and ceiling detail. Ebony stain was used on all wooden surfaces, and the original plaster ceiling detail was handpainted a deep green.”
—Alexandra Denburg, M&P Design Group

Pink room

Paint: Benjamin Moore Feather Down 953, Pearl Finish Glaze: Benjamin Moore Parchment OC-78 / Photo by Emily Sidoti

“In order to create a mostly monochromatic calm in this therapist’s office, we used a slightly pink, parchment-colored glaze over a sepia-toned base. The honey-colored wood desk and carpet, along with a sepia-toned leather chair, blend serenely into the palette. We carefully painted all windows and doors using the same exact colors and technique to make any interruptions in the architecture of the room disappear. The result is a peaceful, yet artful, backdrop for a family therapist’s Zoom calls (and for all her clients). ”
—Debra Kling, Debra Kling Colour Consultant

purple room

Benjamin Moore Summer Plum 2074-20 / Photo by Regan Wood Photography

purple room

Benjamin Moore Summer Plum 2074-20 / Photo by Regan Wood Photography

“When designing this room, the client fell in love with the fabric that is used in the draperies — it’s a rich satin ground-embroidered in a manner that resembles frequency waves. The colors range from pale blues to rich turquoises to saturated berries. I recommended that we paint the walls a vibrant purple color, which was easy to convince the client of because purple is her favorite color. All the colors and materials function together in a harmonious and strong way that allow the berry paint color to shine.”
—Claire Paquin, Clean Design Partners