Since I am in a paint frame of mind...
A friend of mine has a lovely home on the water, and I always cherish my time there when I go for a visit. Here is a picture of my friend's guest room, taken from the summer edition of 'Decorating' magazine (sorry for the low quality of the picture):
It is hard to tell from this picture, but in real life the color of the paint on the wall is magical - at times the color of green sea glass, at other times a pale white, and other times a silvery gray. It truly changes appearance based on the light and time of day. When I asked my friend what color she used, she told me that it was Donald Kaufman Color Collection paint (she thinks that it is DK No. 29). (Update: for more pictures of this lovely home, and more information on the Donald Kaufman paint color, please see this post)
The Donald Kaufman Color Collection ($45 to $85 per gallon, depending on whether the paint is oil or latex) is a set of 66 preblended "full-spectrum" paints. Whereas most paints use just three pigments and obtain a static color, Kaufman's paints use up to 13 pigments to create a paint whose numerous hues react to changing light with much of the same richness and range of color found in the natural world. Kaufman mixes his pigments with Benjamin Moore and Pratt & Lambert paint bases.
In researching the information for this post, I found a wonderful article in the New York Times from June of 2006. The author was looking for the perfect shade of silvery blue (I guess this was before Matt found P&L's white smoke!). She found it in Donald Kaufman shade DKC-37; as she describes it, a "haunting, moody, silvery-green blue". When Kaufman was interviewed for the article, he said "we (Donald Kaufman Color) have a unique way to mix colors. We use a lot more different colorants and we don't use blacks and umbers, which are opaque. Our colors are transparent and have a different quality." As you can probably tell, Donald Kaufman is first and foremost an artist with an in depth understanding of pigments and how they interact with one another.
There are two books devoted to Donald Kaufman Color - one by Kaufman himself, titled Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms; and Color Palettes: Atmospheric Interiors Using the Donald Kaufman Color Collection (authored by Susie Butterfield).
Donald Kaufman paints are not sold in many places. For those lucky enough to live in the NYC area, the primary distributor for DKC paints is the Color Factory in Englewood, NJ. Cox Paints in Santa Monica, CA also sells DKC paints. Sample pots of the paint are available, and the paint can be ordered and shipped from either of these outlets.
Donald Kaufman Color's website is http://www.donaldkaufmancolor.com/, but understandably there are no online representations of his colors...for that, you will need to pay $75 (or more, this may be outdated pricing) for a set of 66 4"x8" cards, each one handpainted with a DKC hue.
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