In celebration of the Eclipse of the Sun…

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Just a reminder that the color forecasters at Benjamin Moore chose Shadow as their 2017 color of the year. It was a deliciously bold and dramatic choice. It seems fitting since we plunged into darkness last week during the eclipse when the moon blocked the sun. Shadow is a palette that is warm, elusive and sophisticated. 

 

Shadow, which they describe as a rich, deep amethyst, a moody purple that is allusive and enigmatic and a master of ambiance.  “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood. It is a little bit rock and roll. It’s the color of the galaxy but also the color of a beautiful fig. It’s passion, it’s bravery, but it’s also silence," as described by the designers at Benjamin Moore. 

 

While it is certainly an arresting shade, some can be wary of trying out deep colors. Designers debate dark rooms all the time. They talk about a small space: 'You might as well make it dark because it doesn’t have boundaries, and it’s sort of an optical trick—it makes you think that it’s larger than it is.' Others argue just as vehemently, “No, dark rooms make space smaller, yada yada.” 

 

Certainly, you don’t want repaint your whole house to match the color trends of each year, but you’ll no doubt see this hue pop up in your favorite furniture stores, design magazines and your favorite Pinterest pages.

Something you need to keep in mind, the predominant and most popular interior design color being used today is still grey. We are seeing it in paint and flooring. So you may want to look at this year’s color of the year as more of an accent that will go with those popular shades of grey. 

With that said, 2017 seems to be a year of living on the edge in design and Shadow is a color without boundaries or limitations, whether you use it in a small space, an entire room or painted on trim and furniture.  It’s the James Bond of the color world, seductive and sophisticated. Have fun with it. 

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