Choosing a Paint Color Just Got Way Easier

Kelly Dawson

Choosing a paint color is often initially approached with the same delight as playing a low-stakes game. You skim a kaleidoscope of shades seeking the lucky few that catch your eye, and hope to determine whether a certain one can make a room feel like home. At first, it all feels promising. But then, while standing in front of an onslaught of paint chips, this game turns on you. Now every choice comes with questions—on its finish, its complementary colors, and even its exact hue—and nothing feels quite right. If this experience sounds familiar, you’re not alone. And that’s why the new color system from legendary architect and designer Le Corbusier, dubbed Les Couleurs Suisse AG, feels like an exciting solution.

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Le Corbusier's 1931 collection of colors.
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“Under a brand of authenticity, Les Couleurs is offering the masterful color scheme and original colors created by Le Corbusier, in partnership with international manufacturers of architectural and design products,” says Lorraine Auguste, key account and marketing manager at Le Corbusier. “It’s a system of 63 colors and a collection of professional tools that can be ordered online.” The 63 colors are broken down into two palettes created by Le Corbusier: 1931, which is full of rich neutral tones and deep jewel shades, and 1959, where you can find some of his bolder hues.

A portrait of architect Le Corbusier.
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Le Corbusier employed bold colors on the exterior of his Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France.
Photo © Les Couleurs Suisse AG

Known as “Le Corbusier” during his five-decade career as an instrumental visionary of modern architecture, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret was a 20th-century man with a 21st-century résumé. He was an architect and designer of streamlined structures, as well as an urban planner who advocated for what would now be known as low-income housing. Beyond this, Le Corbusier was also a prolific painter, and his command of the color wheel informed the look and feel of designs dotted throughout the world.

Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, Germany, is a stunning example of Le Corbusier's mastery of color.
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Now, with Les Couleurs, the everyday decorator can tap into his expertise to pick the right shade or palette. All of the colors are “naturally harmonious,” Lorraine says, and can be combined with others. They are also guaranteed to be as saturated as they appear in print. The “professional tools” she mentioned include color fans, cards, and samples, as well as “keyboards” that allow you to see how three to five shades can appear together in a group. There’s also a book about architectural color design, so that you can delve deeper into Le Corbusier’s mastery.

A “keyboard” from the 1931 color collection.
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All of these products have been carefully selected by a foundation overseeing Le Corbusier’s legacy, and it has partnered with global manufacturers to uphold a strict adherence to his colors in regard to paint, flooring, or furnishings. “Most of our licensed partners, such as Leicht Küchen AG, Dietiker Switzerland, Keimfarben, and Jung have a branch in the U.S. or Canada,” she notes. So if you do feel the need to step into a store, you can.

Jung uses Les Couleurs for it's pop-up light switches and outlets.
Photo by Julian Christian © Albrecht JUNG

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest