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About a year ago, I was hired to give an entirely new look to the set of a long-running TV series. The objective? “Fresh color scheme. It can be bold or even dark. Just make sure it’s nothing we’ve seen over and over again.” Um okay! The broad direction had me salivating Pavlovianly; however, the realistic side of me couldn’t help but obsess over too many options being a very, very bad thing. Why? Because we’re so used to palettes we’ve seen and used many times. Trying a color not many people would run out to use is like scary, uncharted territory.

I kept my little notebook of color swatches from that project, all from Benjamin Moore, and decided to list them below. One of these colors actually won although it was nowhere near the top of my shortlist. Take a look-see over these colors and let us know which you’d consider using and which make you want to cut your hair off with a dull butter knife.

Drop Dead GorgeousDrop Dead Gorgeous (1329)

Sweet BasilSweet Basil (455)

Queen's WreathQueen’s Wreath (1426)

Spoonful of SugarSpoonful of Sugar (041)

Springhill GreenSpringhill Green (412)

Purple RainPurple Rain (1386)

Habanero PepperHabanero Pepper (1306)

Mulberry WineMulberry Wine (1251)

Green Cover SpringsGreen Cover Springs (421)

Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time (574)

Brian Patrick Flynn's Lavender SetPhoto Credit: Sarah Dorio

My project’s winner? Queen’s Wreath. TV lights tend to wash color out a few shades so the overall effect was lavender; however, in a real-life space, it would be a bit more purple. I got paid and the show is still on the air. Do they give Emmys for picking colors?

9 Responses

  1. daily decorator says:

    I think I would try the Mulberry Wine. Maybe in a dining room with grays and black accents. What show was that for? ~Tracy

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  3. pixelecho69 says:

    I would have to say the Green cover springs my eyes are still burning from this color I didn't like it
    But I loved the Mulberry and the Drop Dead Gorgeous I could work with those colors.

  4. CplusE says:

    You can choose colors for my home any time! I think the only one I don't care for is the Once Upon A Time green — it's a little too Crayola crayon green for me. Even though I don't usually care for purple, I could live with the shades you selected (although Purple Rain might be a little dark away from TV lights).

  5. Kathryn says:

    I am planning to paint my 3rd floor in a color similar to purple rain with a white sectional, glass coffee table, crystal chandelier, glass panels with chrome around the stairway with some lime green and turquoise accent pillows. With white gauzy curtains, I think it will be dramatic and beautiful. Looking for comments.

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  7. Beth shugrue says:

    wow-I have been planning to paint my batherroonl a mulberry wine and grayish-slivery color for a while now. I love the room in the picture above. The color Queen's Wreath was the one I was most drawn to. The color Green Covers Spring is too pale. i painted a wall in my kitchen in a similar color a few years ago and it hardly even shows.

  8. joan says:

    Mulberry wine looks very nice.
    I'm planning to use that color on my bedroom walls.
    But not very sure if it's that dramatic or bold? I do like the purple rain color, that' stands out . And is just a lovely warm colour to me

  9. joan says:

    Sounds like it's gonna look outstanding

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