We asked Bill Thornton, owner of Potomac Paint & Design Centers in Alexandria, Arlington and Chantilly, to choose three of his favorite new paint products. Here are his picks.
Monticello Yellow by Ralph Lauren Paint
The walls of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello dining room were restored in 2010 to reflect research that found them to be egg-yolk yellow during the president’s later years. (Since the 1930s, they had been Wedgwood blue.) Maybe Jefferson found the vibrant shade to be perfect for candlelight dinners. Designer Ralph Lauren was a sponsor of the recent restoration. The color used in the project, dubbed Monticello Yellow, was added to Lauren’s paint line. $50.47 a gallon.
PolyWhey Wood Finish by Vermont Natural Coatings
For consumers looking for a planet-friendly product, a small Vermont company has a line of wood finishes made with whey, a byproduct of cheese making. Invented at the University of Vermont, the product is durable and fast-drying, and has almost no off-gassing. Available for floors, cabinets, furniture and other surfaces. $55 to $77 per gallon.
Guggenheim Gallery Colors and Guggenheim Classical Colors by Fine Paints of Europe
These paint collections share colors from the Guggenheim Museum, that storied 1959 New York cultural landmark. The Gallery Colors are 50 hues culled from historical favorites of curators, artists and designers, including the original colors chosen by Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the building. There are 150 Classical Colors drawn from paintings in the museum’s collection. $120 to $135 per 2.5-liter can (a bit less than a gallon).