One of our favourite house tour alums, Sara Ruffin Costello, who also happens to be the former Creative Director for Domino magazine, was first to convert us to the washed-out wall colour trend. Costello introduced us to a custom blue-green paint that coats her library walls--a hue she herself coined Swamp. "It's the most perfect colour ever," she told us at the time, and judging from the numerous variations on the theme we've seen since, we're inclined to believe it. Riffs on this mix really are popping up everywhere we look, including on the cover of the new September issue of Elle Décor. And while the shade sometimes skews robin's egg blue, and other times the minty side of sea foam, it always exudes an aquatic quality. We polled a few of our favourite designers for their favourite versions of the trend.
Photographs Courtesy: 1. Ken Fulk 2. Domaine 3. Elle Decor 4. Real Living 5. Woodson & Rummerfield 6. William Waldron 7. Shop Ruche, House Beautiful 8. Veranda 9. Marmalade Interiors 10. Ken Fulk 11. Domino 12. Anthropologie 13. Architectural Digest 14. Jeff Andrews 15. Anna Gillar 16. Trevor Tondro for The New York Times 17. Elle Decor
|Pratt & Lambert "Pearl White" #2244 "While many light blues can run the risk of looking juvenile, this barely blue shade is quite sophisticated." - Jeff Andrews|
|Sherwin Williams "Hazel" #SW 6471 "It's an unexpected and delightful mix of blue and green." - Woodson & Rummerfield|
|C2 "Inuvik Ice" #C2-5067 "This colour will change throughout the day, shifting from blue to green depending on the weather." - Ken Fulk|
|Ralph Lauren "Sanctuary" #RLVM273-VM, from $15, Eagle Paint and Wallpaper||Sherwin Williams "Moody Blue" #SW 6221, price upon request, Sherwin Williams||Sherwin Williams "Leapfrog" #SW 6431, price upon request, Sherwin Williams|
|Pratt & Lambert "Pearl White" #2244, price upon request, My Perfect Colour||Sherwin Williams "Hazel" #SW 6471, price upon request, Sherwin Williams||C2 "Inuvik Ice" #C2-5067, price upon request, My Perfect Colour|