Living Color

Organic, Sophisticated Brown is Having a Moment

In the nearly two years that we’ve run our Living Color column, we’ve explored shades from blush to indigo (and even black and white), but we’ve never tackled nature’s most abundant hue: brown. When it comes to decor, brown is … Continue reading

An Irresistible Blue Tone to Refresh Your Home

The phrase “sky blue” has been used to describe color for centuries: James Murray’s A New English Dictionary dates the first use of the phrase to 1728, but there are documented uses of “sky blue” in the English language going … Continue reading

This Deep Pink Hue Adds Energy to Any Room

Like the fruit from which it takes its name, the color raspberry has a pleasant and distinctive flavor. “Raspberry” is used to describe a fairly wide range of reddish pinks, which accurately reflects how the shades appear in nature: the … Continue reading

White Out

Legendary decorator Elsie de Wolfe once said, “I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint,” which aptly sums up the age-old approach to Maine summerhouse decorating. However, harnessing the full power of the color white is more complex than … Continue reading

Hello, Sunshine!

A color so delicious you could eat it, butter yellow is a sweet antidote to dreary days. “Since Maine skies are gray for a good part of the year, soft yellow provides some needed relief,” says Jeanne Handy, the principal … Continue reading

Fade to Gray

When it comes to decor, gray is a complex color. Get it right, and it can create an enchanting environment. Get it wrong, and you’ve got a color that looks downright institutional. But designers say it’s worth the trouble to … Continue reading

Into the Woods

Deep greens have been having a moment in interior design for the past several years. The Pantone Institute identified emerald green as the color of the year for 2013, and in 1stDibs’s 2021 trends survey, which polled more than 700 … Continue reading