Photo Gallery: Editors’ Favourite Winter Paint Colours
Browse their picks.
“I’m obsessed with this orange-red shade these days,” says design editor Joel Bray. “Although bright, it’s a great winter shade because of the depth and warmth it adds to a wall. I would use Farrow & Ball’s Blazer in a study or hallway that might not get a lot of natural light, and choose a matte finish for a velvety look.”
“I’m in the process of finalizing a mantel design for the gas fireplace at our country house,” explains senior design editor Margot Austin. “I want to make the fireplace look as much like a wood burning one as possible. I will do this by using a paintable faux-brick surround and a simple mantel, and then paint both in a deep charcoal grey to match the fireplace box frame, like Farrow & Ball’s Railings. I think by minimizing contrast you will see the mantel shape first and not the gas insert. Then I’ll light a Diptyque Feu de Bois candle and the the illusion will be complete!”
Assistant style editor Reiko Caron thinks Pittsburgh Paints’ Foretell would look great in a kitchen. “Warm up the suede-looking greyish-blue tones with touches of gold and wood. This blue reminds me of serene winter skies.” The Brooklyn penthouse of interior designer Athena Calderone from Harper’s Bazaar (left) hits the mark with gold-lined pendants and wood stools.
“I love the soft plum colour Flamboyant by Para Paints,” explains executive editor Alice Lawlor. “I used a similar shade in my ensuite bathroom. I was worried about going with such a strong colour, but it really brings warmth and character to a space that would otherwise be dominated by white subway tile and grey marble accents.”
Cure the winter blahs with a few coats of this muted Chappell Green from Farrow & Ball. “I would love to paint a bedroom accent wall in this calming shade of green,” says H&H.com’s associate web editor Gwen McAuley. “Every morning, while it’s still dark, you’ll be reminded of tulip stems and melting river water.”