ColorTherapy: Stripes in the Suburbs!

ColorTherapy: Stripes in the Suburbs!

Mark Chamberlain
Jul 7, 2009

PAINTS Benjamin Moore Cream Soda 1082; Ralph Lauren Morning Walk VM58, Dewdrop Pink RM03 & Faded Peony RM01

After flipping through my portfolio last winter, my saintly mother declared that she was done with the roses wallpaper in her bedroom, as it was closing in on her. "What can you give me in a stripe?" she said. Her first request was maroon over tan. My eyes narrowed into slits and I said, "Let me see what I can come up with…"

I've never loved maroon and tan as a color combo, it always looks like one thing to me, only earthy. In determining a pattern for said bedroom, I first added melon-like Morning Walk as the thin stripe to give our colorway a topnote, then filled it out with Dewdrop and Peony (center stripes) — two flower/berry tones in Regent Metallic finishes to make the whole thing more sensual. I came to Minneapolis with a few options in mind, which we tested on site, and then narrowed the stripe to fit the scale of the room. This isn't a New York loft, after all — space here is more generous, but scale is smaller.

My sense here is that we've used slightly feminine colors in a slightly masculine pattern, how's that for balance? Next time we'll redo the powder room, perhaps something "Italian," though I don't know what that is yet. Reader suggestions greatly appreciated.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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