Urban Electric lighting

Signature Shades: Our Top 10 Hues

Color is a foundational element of The Urban Electric Company. It is also the easiest way to customize our collection of fixtures. Here are ten of our favorite hues, all of which, through the years, have become signatures — from Farrow & Ball’s whisper-pink Calamine to the acid yellow powder coat made famous by our Cosy pendant.

Urban Electric lighting

1. RAL Curry

The new neutral.  Curry is bright, bold, subtle and sophisticated all at once.  Just as beautiful when paired with brass as it is with nickel.  This shade has become one of our staples and is definitely here to stay.

Jackson shown in RAL #1027 Curry powder coat finish with polished nickel secondary finish and gilt accents.
Pop shown in bronze finish with RAL 1027 Curry powder coat inset and Ferrowatt clear bulb. Interiors by Urban Evolution.
Urban Electric lighting
Urban Electric lighting

2. RAL Olive

This classic shade of green was the perfect choice to launch our Chiltern Double pendant, our elevated take on the double-shaded pendant.  The hue calls to mind richly appointed country homes, cozy kitchens and mahogany-lined libraries.

Shown in antique brass finish with polished brass accents. Shades shown in RAL #6003 Olive Green powder coat finish with hewn brass interior.
Chiltern Double shown in antique brass finish with polished brass accents. Shades shown in RAL #6003 Olive Green powder coat finish with hewn brass interior.
Hang regular shown in RAL #6003 Olive Green powder coat finish with hewn brass accents.
Urban Electric lighting

3. RAL Basalt Grey

This deep, glossy grey made it's debut on one of our go-to kitchen island pendants, the Mac.  It's especially beautiful when combined with the soft glow of hewn brass accents and acts as the perfect complement to the rich grey veining of the Carrera marble countertops that dominated the white kitchen trend.

Mac shown in RAL #7012 Basalt Grey powder coat finish with hewn brass accents and hewn brass shade interior finish.
The Flat shown in heirloom finish with RAL #7012 Basalt Grey accent. Interiors by Tracey Hardenburg.
Shown in RAL 7012 'Basalt Grey' custom powder coat match with hewn brass accents and hewn brass shade interior finish. Interiors by Carol Flanagan Interior Design.
Urban Electric lighting

4. RAL Neon Yellow

Our iconic Cosy lantern made a bold statement nearly a decade ago by mixing polished brass and this neon yellow powder coat.  Long after the neon trend has faded in fashion, it has become an unexpectedly timeless finish combination.

Customized Cosy shown in polished brass with RAL #59/20043 Neon Yellow accents and clear glass. Interiors by Shipshape Home.
Cosy shown in polished brass finish with RAL #59/20043 Neon Yellow accents and clear glass. Interiors by Courtney Bishop.
Shown in custom paint selection with clear glass.
Urban Electric lighting

5. Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue

Our first painted fixture was the Chisholm Hall lantern in Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue.  The color became so synonymous with the fixture that it was dubbed 'Chisholm Blue' internally.  The color has become such a signature to our brand that even the espresso machine in our cafe was custom powder-coated in the soft blue-green hue.  

Hillgate Pocket shown in black finish with hewn brass secondary finish, Benjamin Moore #HC-143 Wythe Blue accents, and clear glass.
Hamilton shown in Benjamin Moore #HC-143 Wythe Blue paint selection finish with zinc interior finish and shade SH-108C-WHT, customized.
Chisholm Hall shown in Benjamin Moore HC-143 Wythe Blue paint selection finish with polished nickel accents and clear glass. Interiors by Meredith McBrearty.
Urban Electric lighting

6. Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue

A classic navy that pairs beautifully with warm and cool metals.  Van Deusen Blue made its mark when launched in combination with hewn brass on our beloved semi-flushmount, The Flat.

Clover shown in antique brass finish with Benjamin Moore #HC-156 Van Deusen Blue accents and clear glass.
Clover shown in antique brass finish with Benjamin Moore #HC-156 Van Deusen Blue accents and clear glass.
Linden shown in hewn brass finish with antique brass accents, Benjamin Moore #HC-156 Van Deusen Blue painted pinstripe, and partially etched glass.
Urban Electric lighting

7. Benjamin Moore Red

Steeped in history and tradition, red evokes strong emotions and is the perfect color for making a bold statement.  After years of being firmly planted in the blue camp, our creative director has declared Red our color of the year.

The Flat shown in polished brass finish with RAL #3003 Ruby Red accent. Interiors by Lyon Field. Photography by Jane Beiles.
Urban Electric lighting
Cirque shown in 'Spanish Red' paint selection with clear glass.
Urban Electric lighting

8. Farrow & Ball Calamine

This powdery, barely-there pink from Farrow & Ball made it's debut on the Harper pendant. Since then, it has found its way onto many fixtures in the collection when a dash of not-too-obvious femininity is called for.  

Audley shown (hard-wired with switch) in hewn brass finish with Farrow & Ball #230 Calamine accents and SH-148E-PT (Farrow & Ball #230 Calamine).
Harper shown in hewn brass finish with Farrow & Ball #230 Calamine accents and opal glass. Interiors by Allison Elebash Interiors.
Jennifer Wall in Farrow and Ball #230 'Calamine Pink'. Interiors by Studio DB.
Urban Electric lighting

9. Farrow & Ball St. Giles Blue

This bold, but decidedly historic shade of blue was reinvigorated during the restoration of St. Giles House by The Right Honourable Nicholas E. A. Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury; the hall of the estate was painted in the cheery blue hue.  We love it when paired with bold red or deep burgundy.

Hang regular shown in powder coat finish with polished nickel accents and pot white glass.
Whitby shown (hard-wired) in antique brass finish with shade SH-140C-PT. Interiors by Jenny Wolf.
Urban Electric lighting
Urban Electric lighting

10. Farrow & Ball Studio Green

Our London-inspired Chelsea lantern was the perfect canvas to feature this rich green-black hue.  In combination with heirloom silver accents, it quickly became a classic after being shown in the kitchen of beloved Charleston-based architect, Mark Maresca.  

Chelsea shown in Farrow & Ball #93 Studio Green paint selection finish with heirloom accents and clear glass. Interiors by Maresca & Associates.
Chisholm Clean Round shown in Farrow & Ball #93 Studio Green paint selection finish with hewn brass accents and clear glass. Interiors by Mark Maresca.
Globus shown in Farrow & Ball #95 Black Blue paint selection finish with polished nickel accents and clear glass, customized. Interiors by Katie Rosenfeld Design.

The best part? Our Custom Color program doesn’t stop here. Through our innovative paint and powder coat programs, you tell us the brand and hue, or give us a sample of wallpaper or fabric, and we’ll exact-match it for the ultimate expression of our customization capabilities.