A deft mix of Benjamin Moore hues brings a classic kitchen to life. Walls painted fresh Fernwood Green complement a center island in soft Flora. Witching Hour adorns the doors for contrast.
Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors
Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC
Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors
Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors (Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography)
DuVäl Reynolds, DuVäl Design, LLC
Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID, Studio 320 Interior Design
Sarita Simpson and Jason Claire, Interior Matter
Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects
Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors
Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC
Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors
Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors (Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography)
DuVäl Reynolds, DuVäl Design, LLC
Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID, Studio 320 Interior Design
Sarita Simpson and Jason Claire, Interior Matter
Cathy Purple Cherry, Purple Cherry Architects

In Living Color

Q+A with our design partners

Designers demystify the process of paint selection to help set the right mood in your space


If you want to be bold, do it with a color pop! Color adds spirit to a room and makes a fun statement. Keep in mind that balancing a bold color against quieter colors is key, since too much color can add confusion.

—Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Purple Cherry Architects
purplecherry.com, 410-990-1700


To create a calm atmosphere, we select lighter colors or neutrals; to establish a cocoon-like space, we go darker. Meanwhile, bold colors can add excitement and whimsy to a space. We love to make a statement by adding a splash of bold paint inside a cabinet, behind a built-in, on the ceiling or even on a piece of furniture.

—Andrea Maaseide, Allied ASID,
Studio 320 Interior Design

studio-320.com, 571-459-2136


You can really tell the personalities of our clients by the colors we choose for their homes. We love brighter colors for families who are particularly outgoing, and balance these hues with crisp, white trim to keep the overall look sophisticated.

—Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors
jamiemerida.com, 410-819-8666


Depending on the objectives of the project, we typically choose warm or cool, neutral paint colors. If the project has ornate or interesting trimwork, we’ll highlight it in a different shade and sheen. We use bold colors sparingly. It’s easy to go overboard, so please consult a professional!

—Sarita Simpson + Jason Claire, Interior Matter
interiormatter.com, 202-900-3818


Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC
laurafoxinteriordesign.com

 

 

 


Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors
bonnieammoninteriors.com, 703-778-5755

 

 

 


Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC
interiorsbylh.com, 571-334-6476

 

 

 


Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
BarbaraHawthornInteriors.com, 703-241-5588

 

 

 


DuVäl Reynolds, DuVäl Design, LLC
duvalreynolds.com, 703-989-0521

 

 

 


Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio
whittingtondesignstudio.com, 703-533-3705