A Paint Color for All Seasons – Ochre
The color ochre, also spelled ocher, is one of my favorites. Early in my design career I participated in a Designer Showhouse. My challenge was the foyer, all stairs and hallways. With other designers all around my areas, I sought a color to invite, complement and add a warm contemporary feeling. My choice was ochre. Over the course of the month that the Showhouse was open to the public, I received many calls for the exact name and number of the paint.
Depending upon where you intend to apply this luscious color there are three tones I recommend from Benjamin Moore:
I like that this color is suited to antique and traditional elements as well as transitional contemporary styles. Whether the other designers worked with reds, burgundy, blues or greens, the ochre fit. Likewise soft blue greys, creams and ebonized wood looked rich and fresh.
This color is understated and doesn’t draw attention to itself. Not too bold so that beautiful art, rugs, flowers and all the other design elements have space for appreciation. Accents of white or black create balance when added selectively.
Possibly the biggest plus for ochre is that it flatters all skin tones so everyone invited to enjoy the space looks equally fabulous.
This article was written by Faith Sheridan, an interior designer and guest blogger of MyPerfectColor.com. Since there are often many different styles and methods of doing things, the views expressed in this article may or may not correspond to the official recommendations of the MyPerfectColor.com staff. MyPerfectColor feels it is important to present its readers with differing viewpoints so readers can get the best advice for their particular needs.