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What’s Hot Now

The Color Purple

Goodbye, gray—hello, the hottest shade of 2017.

By Joyce Clegg, Allied ASID, CAPS, NKBA Member

Although it has fallen out of favor in recent years, purple is making a comeback—almost unanimously, the color forecasting gurus in the fashion and design world have declared purple the new “it” color.

Purple, in all values and tones, influenced by browns, reds, blues and, of course, gray, can be either a bold statement or a soft, subtle background. Variations of purple convey different meanings: light purples are lighthearted, floral and romantic; the dark shades are more intellectual and dignified.

Bedrooms are great spaces for soft pinkish tones, like Benjamin Moore’s “Pale Iris” (2073-60) for children’s rooms or nurseries. Grayed-out versions, like Sherwin Williams “Poised Taupe” (SW 6039) work well for an entry, stairwell or powder bath.

While purple may be counterintuitive to mountain and foothills dwellers, it makes perfect sense. Choosing the right shade of purple can make nature’s earth tones of greens, browns and blues richer and more dimensional. Not to mention how well it plays off warm hues.