Photo Gallery: Editors’ Favourite Paint Colours
Creek Bend by Behr was selected by Lynda Reeves as one of the top neutrals for 2010. “Grey, as you know, is the new black, the new white, the new everything. Grey is the colour,” she says. “This one is very deep, and has some brown in it.”
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Michael Penney also likes Citrine, from the new line of
Features editor Catherine MacIntosh uses Benjamin Moore’s Sparkling Sun for a bold hit of colour. “I used this colour on my vestibule door just as you come inside the house (shown far left),” she says. “It’s a deep, vibrant yellow that’s cheery to come home to and not too cold — but definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s perfect for small accents (like her lamp, shown left) or statement doors.”
“Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue is a favourite of mine, perfect for when you want to make a dramatic, moody statement,” says senior design editor Sally Armstrong.
Design editor Joel Bray favours an antique white, like
Andrea Mills chose Pinched Cheeks by Para Paints as a new up-and-coming shade: “Michael Penney, Joel Bray and I have all agreed for quite a while that peach is the new pink, and I think most people are coming around and agreeing with us,” she says. “This colour is in-between — not a true ’80s peach, which is a good thing, and not too girly of a pink. It would make a great accent, similar to the effect these gorgeous drooping tulips have here.”
Kimberley Brown is planning on updating her own space with Heavenly Blue by Martha Stewart Living (shown below the chair rail at left, paired with Aegean) or Ice Patch by Para Paints. “My front door is glossy black right now, but I’m thinking about painting it one of these icy blue hues for winter,” she says.
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Joel Bray likes Night Owl by Sico so much, it covers the frame of his office bulletin board, shown left. “It’s a warm grey-brown, a perfect deep neutral with lots of depth and variation. It can have a slight purple undertone in some light, but I love that about it.”
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Sally Armstrong favours Farrow & Ball’s Chinese Blue as an accent colour. “It’s a colour I’d love to use on my front door. Bold yet friendly — I think it would bring lots of life to a front entrance.”
Both Lynda Reeves and Kimberley Brown named Decorators White by Benjamin Moore as the best white. “It’s the perennial favourite of decorators and designers,” says Lynda.
Sweetheart Vine by Para Paints is a personal favourite of Lynda Reeves. “I love green,” she says. “This one has a lot of yellow in it, so it’s very fresh and very current.”
Sally Armstrong also likes Farrow & Ball’s Skylight for it’s ever-changing tint. “It is a beautiful greeny-blue shade, which changes depending on the light. It’s quite cool, which I like — it makes a room feel fresh and bright.”
Whether used in a bathroom, bedroom or living room, Sally likes Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue. “It’s an oldy but a goodie, with a “watery” feel to it,” she says. “It gives a room a serene feeling.”
Michael Penney likes the versatility of Farrow & Ball's
Sally Armstrong likes Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray. “I love the ocean, so am drawn to blues like this and the other paint shades I chose,” she explains. “This is a gray with blue/green in it, making it more feel more friendly.”
Ralph Lauren’s bright Limeade Green is Kimberley Brown’s top choice for an accent colour. “Quince is a hot colour right now. This is a bit more lime-y, but refreshingly bold.”
One of Michael Penney‘s favourite paint shades is Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic. “The name comes from the toxic chemical originally used to produce this historic colour,” he says. “It’s a great accent colour, and I just used it to paint out a old console table in a fresh white hallway. It’s so fun, but still grounded in history.”