The following paint colors match closely the distinctive and quirky tones Madeleine Castaing loved. Farrow & Ball offers subtle colors based on traditional English interiors. Mythic makes non-toxic paint in a broad range of colors.
I asked Houston interior designer J. Randall Powers for his selections of paints that can be used to recreate the Madeleine Castaing look.
- Leves exterior, turquoise walls: ‘Blue Ground’ by Farrow & Ball, or ‘Aqua Glass’ or ‘Understated’ by Mythic Paint.
- Castaing’s Paris apartment bedroom walls, pale soft gray accents: ‘Farrow & Ball’s ‘Parma Gray’ or Mythic Paint’s ‘Solferino Lake’ or ‘Calming Thoughts’.
- Castaing’s Paris shop walls in rich, deep turquoise blue: Farrow & Ball’s ‘Chinese Blue’, or Mythic Paint’s ‘Siberian Sea’ or ‘Medicine River’.
- Castaing’s distinctive rich red in clients’ studies: ‘Farrow & Ball’s ‘Incarnadine’ or Mythic Paint’s ‘Royal Raquel’.
- Castaing’s salon green walls: Farrow & Ball’s ‘Arsenic’ or Mythic Paint’s ‘Inch Worm’ or ‘New World’.
- Castaing’s pale rose pink guest for boudoir walls: Farrow & Ball’s ‘Calamine Pink’ or Mythic Paint’s ‘Pink Wink’.
- Plaster white accents on walls at Leves and in Paris apartment: Farrow & Ball’s ‘Pointing’ or ‘Great White, or Mythic Paint’s ‘Pale Moon’.
The two photographs below were two shots I took of the interior of Madeleine Castaing just after she died, when Laure de Lombardini, her longtime assistant, continued to sell her wares.
Note the green-upholstered carved chaise longue that appears in my photographs—and in the living room at Leves. It was one of the highlights of the Sotheby’s auction of Castaing’s estate—and was rumored to have been snapped up by Jacques Grange. Well, that’s the rumor.