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Remodeling 101: 10 Happiness-Inducing Paint Colors

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 04, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Oct 03, 2013

Happiness comes in many hues. That's what we learned when we asked members of our Architect/Designer Directory for the cheeriest shades of paint that they use in their own rooms and clients' homes. And as we took in their recommendations, we have to say, we couldn't help but feel upbeat. Photography by Meredith Swinehart. Above: Top row, left to right: Farrow & Ball  Citron ; Benjamin Moore  Palest Pistachio ; Farrow & Ball  Pink Ground ; Farrow & Ball  Slipper Satin ; and Benjamin Moore  Piano Concerto . Bottom row: Benjamin Moore  Quiet Moments ; Benjamin Moore  Pernod ; Farrow & Ball  Borrowed Light ; Benjamin Moore  Soft Pumpkin ; and Farrow & Ball  Arsenic .  Above: Kanan Prasse of  Ka.Va Design  in Brooklyn muses, "A happy place to me is a sunny courtyard with a lemon tree, and a happiness-inducing color is the bright yellow of ripe lemons." Specifically, Prasse suggests Farrow & Ball  Citron , noting that it would be great as a bold accent color on a door or trim. Above: Larah Moravek of  LVMinc  in New York singles out Benjamin Moore's  Palest Pistachio , calling it "a fresh and crisp palest light blue with a touch of lavender that imparts a clear, calm sense of joy to any room." Above: Lucien Rees Roberts of  Rees Roberts + Partners  in NYC suggests Farrow & Ball  Pink Ground . Says Roberts, "This color gives a pinkish tint to the light in a room, which gives a glow to people’s skin and makes them look younger. I suppose this would induce happiness in anyone!” Above: Alison Davin of  Jute  in Mill Valley, CA, is a "white walls girl" who loves Farrow & Ball's  Slipper Satin . "Light reflects beautifully off it," says Davin. Above: Eliza Hart of SF-based  Hart Wright Architects  is fond of Benjamin Moore's lavender-gray  Piano Concerto , which she describes as "the color of the sky at dusk or the hills in the distance. It's a soothing purple that makes me calm." Above: Rozalynn Woods of  Rozalynn Woods Interior Design  in Pasadena pinpoints Benjamin Moore's  Quiet Moments , a shade that stands at the intersection of gray and blue. "Grays and lighter blues can be difficult to get right—grays can feel dull and light blues often look too sweet," she says. She notes that Quiet Moments is ideal for bedrooms: "It's soft enough to be tranquil, yet interesting enough to be a backdrop for furnishings. And it changes with the light, which I love." Above: Elizabeth Bolognino of Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors in New York loves Pernod  from Benjamin Moore: "It's the absolute perfect shade of yellow because it soaks in and holds onto sunlight." The designer painted her daughter's nursery walls Pernod in two different apartments, and says, "I genuinely feel that the color has influenced her emotional development as a happy child." Above: Carole Magness of  Magness Interiors  in Santa Barbara singles out  Borrowed Light  from Farrow & Ball as a mood elevator.  She notes that it's especially effective on ceilings.  Above: Gabriel Benroth of  Incorporated Architecture & Design  in New York used Benjamin Moore  Soft Pumpkin  in the master bedroom of a colorful bohemian apartment. The designer's inspiration was "rich ripe citrus and vegetables colors: fresh food makes us happy." Above: San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis recommends Arsenic from Farrow & Ball. She calls it's a "quirky mod color" and notes that it's the sort of eye opener that works well in a kid's room. Now tell us: what are your favorite happiness-inducing paint colors and where have you used them? Add your finds to the comments section below. Thinking of painting the outside of your house? See our recent exterior paint recommendations: Architects' White Exterior Paint Picks ; Top 10 Gray Paint Picks ; and Architects' Top 8 Black Paint Picks .






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