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One of Benjamin Moore’s

TOP COLORS FOR 2012 is WYTHE BLUE

It comes from the Wythe House in Williamsburg, yet its calm gives it a modern edge. Designer John Houser chose Wythe blue to set off the dark mahogany antiques his client collected when she lived in England. “The blue has some green in

MONOCHROME: ALWAYS NEW

it, which warms it up,” he says. “And I like

Most people crave color—lots of

match. The room becomes very

other warm colors—brown leather and the

it. “They find it enlivening,” says

one-dimensional, very flat. Different

designer Jimmy Jamieson, sound-

shades give depth.” You only want a flat, no-contrast

tend to overuse color, and it winds

interior when the room’s content—

up looking dated. I’ve found mono-

an art collection, perhaps, or strong

chrome interiors age the best,

architectural elements—is so com-

because they age the least.” He

pelling, it makes its own statement.

loves to work with SOFT SHADES OF

“At that point, it’s about form,”

CREAM, BEIGE, TAUPE, AND CHOCOLATE BROWN, but a monochrome

Jamieson says, “not decoration.”

interior can be done just as easily

cause you’re using a single hue and

using varying shades of another

varying its brightness and satura-

color. Why vary the shades? For the

tion. There’s nothing that will clash;

same reason that you layer textures

no flirtatious relationship that could

and add interesting details. “Let’s

look ridiculous in years to come. All

say you’re doing a red room,” Ja-

of the room’s objects and textures

mieson says. “There’s nothing worse

are tied together visually. Harmony

than having every red be an exact

is instant.

HUES

which are measured by the light’s wavelength. BRIGHTNESS is how dark or light the color is; what shade or tint it is. The color’s purity

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tal rugs.” For the trim, he chose Benjamin Moore’s Richmond Bisque, rather than “a bright white that makes the millwork zing off the walls.” It’s all very thoughtful, but in the end, he says, there’s no formula for what works: “Colors surprise you.”

Monochrome works so well be-

are shades of one of the pure colors on the spectrum,

is its SATURATION.

orangey reds in some of her older Orien-

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISE O’BRIEN, MATT HUGHES

ing totally unconvinced. “But they

the way it then works in combination with

Color Feature Illustrations  

In my internship with St. Louis Magazine I created some illustrations for the folor feature in the St. Louis AT HOME Magazine.