Photo Gallery: Designers’ Favourite Paint Palettes
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The host of W Network’s Candice Tells All turns to the outdoors when choosing paint colours: “I use a lot of natural materials in my designs — wood, stone, linen — and therefore gravitate toward colours like those found in a stormy sky, misty cool waters, and others suited to those finishes,” says Olson. “If it works in nature, it naturally works in your home.” This bathroom is painted in one of her favourite warm neutrals, Benjamin Moore’s Niveous (OC-36), which allows the antique wood vanity to stand out.
Read an interview with Candice Olson.
“When selecting paint colours, I don’t follow trends,” insists Mitchell. “I gravitate towards shades of paint that have subtler hues and softer tones. The more neutral the paint, the more timeless the space. The colours and finishes I choose are usually inspired by the room’s architectural details, the amount of natural light the room has and the direction the room faces.” This beadboard wainscotting called for a blue with a bit of country, so Mitchell chose Benjamin Moore’s Normandy (2129-40) and paired it with bright Ultra White (CC-10) walls. The result is fresh and clean, perfect for a bathroom.
View a gallery of Philip Mitchell’s projects.
The Toronto artisan and designer thought this grouping of eggs from The R.O.M. was perfect for Easter, and also illustrates her love of soft neutrals. She came across this room from designer Robert Kristiansen
For her own bathroom, the Vancouver designer painted walls in Benjamin Moore’s White Water (2120-60) and added drama with a vanity cabinet in Silhouette (AF-655). The living room adjacent to this space has a feature wall in Salsa Dancing (AF-280), which she carried into the bathroom with bold towels. She loves that the palette combines cool neutrals with warm accents, and admits the red is unexpected. “I gravitate toward blues and green-greys, perhaps because they reflect the west coast’s sea to sky views, but I love this pop of colour,” says Penner.
This practical mudroom by Feasy & Bleeks Design incorporates one of their top palettes; grey, black and white. “We often choose a darker colour (usually a shade of grey) for built-ins and millwork to contrast creamy white walls,” says Feasby.
The star of W Network’s Making House and proprietor of Barlow Reid Design gravitates toward grey for larger spaces. “I think this palette here is timeless,” says Reid. “I lean away from bold colours on walls, and instead reserve them for easily changeable pieces like furniture and accessories. These chairs could be old wood hand-me-downs from the basement that were painted red — then orange, then blue. The rest of the palette is neutral enough that you could switch up the accent colour on a whim. You could even paint an accent wall in Benjamin Moore’s Caliente (AF-290) if you wanted a good jolt of colour.”
Read an interview with Jennifer Reid.