Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chinese Red for My Office Makeover

Benjamin Moore Chili Pepper 2004-20

A client's powder room we painted in Chili Pepper

I have decided to paint the walls in my office Chinese red. Red is a hard color to get right. I want a really really deep coral that is not too blue and not too orange - a nice balance of pink and orange and red. These are the two reds that I go to time and time again. The painter is coming Tuesday, so I will decide over the weekend.

Chili Pepper -
"This is a really deep coral, kind of like a cheerful Chinese red. Pinks and reds to me are synonymous with frozen drinks and relaxing." - Richard Mishaan from House Beautiful

Blazer -
"It's exciting and it has a historical reference: the Greek vases, the palace at Knossos, and all that business. I love red, always have, always will. Either you like steak or you like hamburgers." - David Easton from House Beautiful

Farrow & Ball Blazer 212

Meg Braff 's woodwork in Blazer


  1. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Do you know of a good red for the light in the uk? Colors seem to react differently over here to how I see on people's wall in other countries...

  2. I painted my (soon to be) library in SW-Chinese red and I love it. Two if the walls will be covered, salon style, with antique architectural prints and old family portraits. Chinese red is in my top three of favorite colors.

  3. No help here, I like the blue in red rather than orange. Just make sure YOU look good in the red the you choose. That's what's really important. Your office. You're looking great when you're in it.

    Love Easton!

  4. Chili Pepper gets my vote! Love reds/corals!!

    "Blazer" looks too muddy....not much life (at least on MY computer screen)

  5. Pretty. We painted my sister's powder room a similar shade but just a bit darker. Makes it a fun surprise to go in the room. I need a white office as I have so many fabrics and colors everywhere. This is reminding me I should organize it. Have a great weekend.

  6. These are both great reds... that Meg Braff dining room is a favorite of mine! I cannot wait to see your new red office! :)

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