Create a Built-in Look With Paint
Smart use of color unifies a simple coatrack and separate bench
After: Benjamin Moore's Vintage Wine, Wasabi, and Hush create three-part harmony and a polished built-in look.
We all know that color can trick the eye, but we're still wowed when we see a stunning example of the principle at work. Consider this entry-area catchall. Before its paint makeover, it had a cookie-cutter, unfinished look. Painting the entire wall a single, dramatic shade knit the pieces together and yielded a more finished space. Two elegant surrounding shades help enrich the scheme. "The plum is dark enough to not fight with the green," says Andrea Magno, a design expert at Benjamin Moore, "while the creamy white on the trim brings out the millwork details and complements the classic architecture." Playing support roles are new walnut-stained flooring and plum, green, and ivory undertones in the rug, cushions, and wall art. The result: A once bland alcove is now a cohesive entry-area focal point.