"This room, lacquered a 'Coca-Cola' color, sealed it — David Hicks was the James Bond of interior design. Wow! It's a great bold, sexy statement, and — much like somebody wearing a black dress — extremely flattering to the architecture and the things you put up against it. I would do it in this very dark brown, in a full gloss finish as he did, so it becomes luminous." -Peter Dunham   - HouseBeautiful.com

"This room, lacquered a 'Coca-Cola' color, sealed it — David Hicks was the James Bond of interior design. Wow! It's a great bold, sexy statement, and — much like somebody wearing a black dress — extremely flattering to the architecture and the things you put up against it. I would do it in this very dark brown, in a full gloss finish as he did, so it becomes luminous." -Peter Dunham - HouseBeautiful.com

Mystical Grape #PurplePaint for our Front Bedroom Chimney Breast with Massive Ornate Black with Gold Distress Mirror?

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Mystical Grape #PurplePaint for our Front Bedroom Chimney Breast with Massive Ornate Black with Gold Distress Mirror?

Ralph Lauren Paint in Walton Cream VM65 | "I'm aching to do pink. This particular shade is sort of an apparition, like something that used to be pink and this is all that's left of it. Very, very tender." -Bobby McAlpine

Daring Colors

Ralph Lauren Paint in Walton Cream VM65 | "I'm aching to do pink. This particular shade is sort of an apparition, like something that used to be pink and this is all that's left of it. Very, very tender." -Bobby McAlpine

BENJAMIN MOORE ALEXANDRIA BEIGE HC-77: "As my father always said, a small room will look bigger if you paint it dark. The corners will be cast in shadow and you're not quite sure where they are. If you're scared to go really dark, this is a mid-tone taupe that allows you to hedge your bets. - maybe for the living room

BENJAMIN MOORE ALEXANDRIA BEIGE HC-77: "As my father always said, a small room will look bigger if you paint it dark. The corners will be cast in shadow and you're not quite sure where they are. If you're scared to go really dark, this is a mid-tone taupe that allows you to hedge your bets. - maybe for the living room

Farrow & Ball London Stone: "This is a warm, taupey brown. Not too dark and not too light. It's the color of raw unbleached Irish linen, of sand and shadow, of French limestone. Actually, it's like a Swedish brown, if there were such a thing. It has that beautifully grayed tone. I'd bring in a grayed blue as an accent." -Kerry Joyce

Designers Pick Their Favorite Browns

Farrow & Ball London Stone: "This is a warm, taupey brown. Not too dark and not too light. It's the color of raw unbleached Irish linen, of sand and shadow, of French limestone. Actually, it's like a Swedish brown, if there were such a thing. It has that beautifully grayed tone. I'd bring in a grayed blue as an accent." -Kerry Joyce

Linen White 912 "A hall takes such a beating. Mine looks like the shipping department at Macy's. So I'd choose a cool, calm white. Fill a mayonnaise jar with it and keep it in the closet for touch-ups." —T. Keller Donovan  Benjamin Moore

Linen White 912 "A hall takes such a beating. Mine looks like the shipping department at Macy's. So I'd choose a cool, calm white. Fill a mayonnaise jar with it and keep it in the closet for touch-ups." —T. Keller Donovan Benjamin Moore

"I love the warmth and inferred light that comes from lively, zesty, orangey colors. Since this has a little brown in it, it doesn't have the brass that orange does. It's more sophisticated, dressier. Often a valuable rug or a rare antique carries a room, but in this case it's the paint that would be dazzling." -Mary Douglas Drysdale   - HouseBeautiful.com

Daring Colors

"I love the warmth and inferred light that comes from lively, zesty, orangey colors. Since this has a little brown in it, it doesn't have the brass that orange does. It's more sophisticated, dressier. Often a valuable rug or a rare antique carries a room, but in this case it's the paint that would be dazzling." -Mary Douglas Drysdale - HouseBeautiful.com

Dunn Edwards - Deep Carnation | "David Weidman did these really cool color-block prints in the '70s. The one I have is reds layered with purples and this intense deep violet pink. I'm dying to use it, but it definitely requires someone who's willing to take a risk. I see it with a funky mustardy green or turquoise. Give it some sparkle with an antique mirror and it could be amazing in a dining room. Or a sunroom — light would blow it out and mellow it a bit." -Erinn Valencich

Daring Colors

Dunn Edwards - Deep Carnation | "David Weidman did these really cool color-block prints in the '70s. The one I have is reds layered with purples and this intense deep violet pink. I'm dying to use it, but it definitely requires someone who's willing to take a risk. I see it with a funky mustardy green or turquoise. Give it some sparkle with an antique mirror and it could be amazing in a dining room. Or a sunroom — light would blow it out and mellow it a bit." -Erinn Valencich

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