A coat of paint has the power to change the entire look of a space, so why do so many of us casually pluck a shade from among hundreds at the nearest big-box store? Locals Angie Dolan and Joanne Munyon—who have backgrounds in luxury retail and home building material sales for companies including Circa Lighting and Saks—knew there was a better way to shop for one of the most important elements of an interior, and they delivered it last fall in the form of Charleston Palette & Design on Meeting Street Road.
The shop is South Carolina’s only stockist of handcrafted paints and wallpapers by heralded British brand Farrow & Ball. “The paints are developed exclusively by the creative director and top color consultant, and they utilize only the finest ingredients to ensure the best finishes,” says Dolan of the 132-shade palette. She and Munyon know it intimately—if you’re looking for a white that appears grey in certain lights or a cream that goes yellow, they can point you in the right direction during free color consultations.
And the papers? Visitors can peruse samples of myriad patterns in a variety of color ways—from the tiger-inspired “Rajah Stripe” to the romantic “Wisteria” and ornate “Orangerie.” They also offer a carefully curated selection of home accessories, including Ryan Studio pillows, Dale Fort wood carvings, and D.L. & Co. candles.
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Charleston Palette & Design’s founders share their five most popular Farrow & Ball paints
➼ Wevet, a cool white, is ”the designer’s dream color, a true translucent gossamer.”
➼ Charleston Gray ”is the perfect choice for the modern living room,” they say of the warm hue that can ”read” grey-brown.
➼ Skimming Stone, a stoney taupe color, is ”contemporary, fashionable, and perhaps the most versatile neutral in the palette.”
➼ Hague Blue, which changes from green to blue depending on the sunlight, is ”a real Dutch wonder,” they enthuse.
➼ Pointing is ”the creamiest of creams and can warm any space.”