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Swatch Watch: Color expert Scott Courtenay-Smith of Renovate with Color shares his top picks for harmonious palettes
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Classic Elegance
This is a great combination for a distinguished dining room with wainscoting. Use Sun Dried Tomato for the upper walls, Gabriel’s Horn for the lower, and Timid White for the trim and ceiling. A gold-framed mirror or bronze chandelier will complement these colors nicely. American Pride and Earthpaint at Build it Naturally, builditnaturally.com; Benjamin Moore at Mountain Paint & Decorating, mountainpaint. benmoorepaints.com

Natural Zen
This palette draws on calm, soothing tones, and will create a spa-like ambience in a bath or bedroom. Choose blue or green for the walls, with the other as an accent. The deep-brown taupe is a rich color to be used as an anchor (think cabinets and flooring). American Pride at Build it Naturally, www.builditnaturally.com;
Benjamin Moore at Mountain Paint & Decorating,
mountainpaint. benmoorepaints.com

Creative Modern
This refreshing palette can give a vibrant pop to a modern kitchen or living room. Paint the walls and trim Ivory Pillar for a clean look. Use Stem Green sparingly as an accent on kitchen island cabinetry or one wall to accentuate architectural detail. Use Exciting Orange in accessories or on one wall if you’re bold. Benjamin Moore at Mountain Paint & Decorating, mountainpaint. benmoorepaints.com; Sherwin Williams, sherwinwilliams.com; American Pride at Build it Naturally, builditnaturally.com

 
 

Read our Q&A with Scott Courtenay-Smith, “Hue-ray for Color,” where he offers additional color advice.