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9 Times Ultraviolet Didn’t Damage Your Eyes

As the title of this post might suggest, I had some trouble mustering the enthusiasm to write about Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultraviolet.  It’s not that I don’t like purple.  A rich plum always makes my heart race and lavender (a color that might actually trend this year) never fails to beguile.  Ultraviolet, on the other hand, lacks nuance.  Instead, it feels like the standard-issue purple in a seven crayon pack.  Thankfully though, the internet is a magical and wondrous place and I was able to find 9 interiors that showcase ultraviolet in stunning ways…

Here, ultraviolet creates an electrifying backdrop for art hung gallery style.

In this stylish, neutral-hued living room, light spills from the window onto  a vintage medallion rug in Pantone’s 2018 color of the year.

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Roberto Cavalli

Amethyst-colored velvet radiates opulence and grandeur.

Neon tubes make for an unexpected, but deliciously edgy accessory in this dining area.

Saturated colors and blue animal prints create an elegant if not surreal sitting room where ultraviolet art emanates from the wall.

A foursome of grape-colored stools double as cocktail tables and sculpture.

Delightfully quirky, this den embraces purple from top to bottom.

Sassy, large-scale art delivers a splash of the 2018 color of the year.

Cobalt and ultraviolet watercolor swirls beam and bedeck this vibrant foyer.


4 Palette Ideas for Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year, Shadow

Benjamin Moore’s choice of Shadow (a smoked amethyst purple) was a surprising selection for 2017’s color of the year and a drastic departure from last year’s “Simply White”.  Still, I for one, am excited to see a moody jewel tone take center stage in the coming year and hope its a harbinger of more colorful, dramatic interiors to come.  Naturally, I’ve been bouncing around palette ideas in my head.  After much thought, 4 color combos bubble to the top.  Here they are…

Shades of Gray & Shadow

Both complex hues with plenty of depth, gray and purple are a match made in heaven, creating a sexy, mysterious atmosphere.  In this pairing, I’d give precedence to gray, layering shade upon shade with limited pops of deep, dark Shadow and lighter notes of dusty lavender.

The other key to pulling of this color duo is to pile on the lustrous textures.  Think: velvet, antiqued mirrors, mother of pearl, and chrome…

Violet & Citrus

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year, Shadow isn’t just purple.  It’s a sultry, saturated, slightly-more-blue-than-red tone.  Thus, it’s complimentary color is a somewhere-between-yellow-and-green hue.  These two botanical-themed shades of violet and citrus are meant to be.

Of course, complimentary colors can be overwhelming or even jarring.  So, be sure to balance the intensity and even the amount of the two hues to match the mood you’re looking to create in particular room.  Hedge the duo with plenty of neutrals for a more relaxing atmosphere.  Or throw restraint to the wind and saturate a room with the two colors for a more energizing effect.

Amethyst & Sapphire

4 Palette Ideas for Using Benjamin Moore's Shadow | Sapphire & Amethyst

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4 Palette Ideas for Using Benjamin Moore's Shadow | Sapphire & Amethyst

David Collins

A cool blue also plays nicely with the 2017 color of the year and–contrary to the last pairing–makes for a soothing, tension-free setting.

Of  course, a little tension is necessary.  Thus, make sure to mix in some warm neutrals like rattan, burl wood, cognac leather, or even tortoise shell.

Every Shade of Purple

4 Palette Ideas for Benjamin Moore's 2016 Color of the Year: Shadow | Layers of Purple

Hunt Slonem

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Then again, purple is a shade that begs to be layered and Shadow is no exception.  Nearly every tint–from lilac to orchid–can be used in concert, as evidenced by the overwhelmingly violet interiors above.

If you take this route, commit.  Contrast light shades of purple with dark.  Mix ultra saturated tones like aubergine with more delicate hues like wisteria.  Oscillate between indigo and merlot.  Diversity is key.

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