Thursday, September 3, 2009


I recently began work on a high rise apartment overlooking the East River in New York City.  The home has amazing views of Manhattan from its 44th floor and enough sunlight to fill several dark pre-wars on Park Avenue.  The only catch to this contemporary haven is that as a rental, the walls need to remain white. I like this design challenge because there are so many shades of white to choose from.Not such a big problem for me because I love white walls. They provide a beautiful backdrop for photography and art and great contrast to dark wooden floors. I'll be showing the apartment as a work in progress beginning next week. In the interim the photo above of a family room in Southampton that I designed illustrates the power of white paint. The creamy Sail White paint on the walls provides the perfect backdrop to a set of black and white prints and allows the blue and white slip covered chairs to be center stage. The wood trim was painted Atrium White, a clean white that balances nicely with the dark wood floors and seagrass carpet.

A short rundown of my favorite whites include:

Atrium White, Benjamin Moore- A clear white with a pink blush that's flattering to your skin's natural pigment--perfect for a tranquil bedroom.

Bone White, Benjamin Moore- Great for painting doors. The contrast of crisp white trim against the creamy bone white adds a dramatic contrast.

Sail White Ralph Lauren- A bowl of fresh from the farm cream, beautiful paired with Atrium white trim.

Pocket Watch White, Ralph Lauren- A light grey chalky white. Very calming and classic.

Pointing, Farrow and Ball-Creamy and warm, pairs nicely with other whites.

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