Your Walls Need: The Color Swamp

by Melissa Goldstein
One of our favorite 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 color 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 color 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 favorite designers for their favorite versions of the trend.
jeff 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
rum Sherwin Williams "Hazel" #SW 6471 "It's an unexpected and delightful mix of blue and green." Woodson & Rummerfield
ken C2 "Inuvik Ice" #C2-5067 "This color will change throughout the day, shifting from blue to green depending on the weather." - Ken Fulk
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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
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 Pratt & Lambert "Pearl White" #2244, price upon request, My Perfect Color  Sherwin Williams "Hazel" #SW 6471, price upon request, Sherwin Williams  C2 "Inuvik Ice" #C2-5067, price upon request, My Perfect Color
Photographs Courtesy: 1. Ken Fulk 2. Domaine 3. Elle Decor 4. Real Living 5. Woodson & Rummerfield 6. William Waldron 7. Shop RucheHouse 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

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