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
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
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.