Favorite colors from Savy Designers

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Favorite colors from Savy Designers

 Elle Decor had an interesting article on paints that I thought you might enjoy.

Color Picks From the Pros

Ever wonder what colors the top interior designers use time and again? We asked, and they delivered—divulging some of their favorite go-to hues.

Written by Tim McKeough

 Alessandra Branca

Farrow & Ball Skylight 205—“It is a calming and versatile color and mixes with black lacquer wonderfully,” says Branca, who describes the hue (shown) as “a Venetian blue gray.”

Signal Red RAL 3001 from Fine Paints of Europe—“My favorite stock red lacquer,” says Branca. “It is warm, relaxed, and mixes beautifully with so many other colors.”

Granary Glow 7062T from Fine Paints of Europe (shown)—This color “is such pure sunshine and warmth,” she says. “It makes you grin with delight.”

Jamie Drake

Benjamin Moore PT-280 Icy Mist—“An ethereal color with a magical sheen” that “adds luster, drama, and a sense of movement to a space,” says Drake.

Benjamin Moore 2015-30 Calypso Orange—“A sizzling, chic tone,” he says. “It can send any room into a samba dance.”

Benjamin Moore’s 2067-60 Windmill Wings—This hue is “a breezy blue with just a touch of red in it for warmth,” he says. “The perfect color to evoke a cloud-free summer sky.”

Alexa Hampton

Benjamin Moore HC-68 Middlebury Brown—“There are many dark browns that have heaps of red in them, and they’re too hot and sticky,” says Hampton. This shade, however, “is a cool dark brown with lots of gray.”

Benjamin Moore 925 Ivory White—“It’s the perfect creamy off-white,” she says.

Donald Kaufman Color DKC 16—“Over the past two years, my palette has been getting cooler,” says Hampton. This color fits the bill because it’s a “grayed-out taupe.”

Jay Jeffers

Benjamin Moore 2088-40 Persimmon—“It is the perfect red,” says Jeffers, offering “just enough warmth without being so over-the-top.”

Benjamin Moore 1470 Bear Creek—This hue “is my go-to trim color,” he says. “It’s a bold statement in a room and works great with both warm and cool colors.”

Mary McDonald

Benjamin Moore HC-69 Whitall Brown—“It instantly creates a feeling of enveloping comfort,” says McDonald. “You can pair it with a pastel or neutral for a softer bedroom, or something bold like red for a library.”

Benjamin Moore HC-166 Kendall Charcoal—“My go-to drama color,” she says. “Even with simple white upholstery it elevates the style quotient tenfold.”

Benjamin Moore HC-156 Van Deusen Blue—“A mix between Swedish royalty and a yacht vibe” that appeals to men and women alike, she says.

Vicente Wolf

Benjamin Moore 2135-70 Patriotic White—“I love colors that are mercurial — they are white in bright sunlight and as the light changes the color starts to come to the surface,” says Wolf. “Patriotic White is that perfect color for me.”

Benjamin Moore 012 Coral Reef—“It makes everybody look sun-kissed,” he says. “It’s a warm color, which instantly makes one smile.

Benjamin Moore 1-02 Super White—This hue is “my favorite no-color,” says Wolf. “It plays up the architecture

And what about mine you might ask? That’s hard because I don’t use colors over and over again- each of my clients is a unique individual so I tend to follow their lead but there are some that always seem to work.


Benjamin Moore     Texas Leather– This is a wonderful warm brown-gray that feels very sophisticated. I love it in dining rooms or powder rooms.

Benjamin Moore   Wythe Blue–  This soft blue-green is a wonderful bedroom color. It feels like a luxury hotel only better.

Benjamin Moore   Shelburne Buff– a nice gold

Benjamin Moore   Henderson Buff– I have NO idea where they got this name. The paint is a fairly vivid yellow-green.   It’s a fun youthful color if you want to shake things up a bit.

Benjamin Moore 1548 Classic Gray I love this paired with  HC 168 Chelsea gray on baseboards. 1550 Cumulus cloud is also great.

There are too many– you decide! What are your favorites?

Cindy Barganier
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