EXPLORING WALL COLOR : Color of the Year 2011

So, it was announced by Benjamin Moore that their color of the year for 2011 is PURPLE

Benjamin Moore [Vintage Wine]
                                    this particular hue of purple -Vintage Wine (see ceiling above)
  It's a great dark neutral.  

Purple was very popular last year as well. 
Pantone, Dulux and others have their own opinons of color of the year, ranging from pinkish red to soft yellow, it will be interesting to see what color really takes off. 
For those of you who love purple, it should be a very good year to update or redecorate! 


 Fabrics, paint and accessories will be abundant and easy to find in your favored hue.

  There are even rumors of appliances being made available in eggplant.

Purples, by Benjamin Moore
Purple - plum, magenta, eggplant, aubergine, lavender, lilac, violet, mauve, lilac, mulberry, orchid, grape, amethyst, twilight, raisin - so many beautiful hues to choose from.  Purple is elegant, rich and passionate.  It represents royalty, power, sophistication. 

 Dark purple lends a warm, quiet feeling to a room while light purples add a touch of the romantic. Lavender and softer hues of purple are soothing and perfect for bedrooms and children's rooms.

Little girls LOVE it.
Haley's Room

and they are not alone
So do bigger girls

Benjamin Moore [Violetta]
 whether you like it soft or strong
purple is a color you cannot ignore

its natural complement is yellow/gold
so it works well with both silver and gold toned metals

Benjamin Moore [Embassy Purple]
 some purples are warmer because they have more red in them


Gooseberry Purple

Purple is never boring.  You either love it or you don't.
You can immerse yourself in it

House Beautiful

 surround yourself with it
or accent with it


Its cool palette works equally well with greys

 and warmer tones

Traditional Home
it can be soft and subtle
or bold and bright

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 elegant and sophisticated

Benjamin Moore [Purple Haze]

bold and fun

Sherwin Williams [Grisaille] by Martha Stewart
or a little whimsical

There is a particular color of purple for everyone. 
I know I've found mine.  What is yours?

Purple is here to stay!

The other 2011 Color of the Year choices:
Pantone [Honeysuckle] Color of the Year 2011

ICI Dulux 2011 Color of the Year [Lime Twist]

Does your name reveal your true colors?

Take your name and assign each letter a number from the chart below.
Add them all together.
[Janet - J1, A1, N5, E5, T2 = 14]  
Reduce that to a 1 digit number [1+4] = 5  is your color number
[see below for definition]
Find out what your color says about you:

1. Red: The most dominant personality.
A visionary and risk-taker: energetic, passionate, tenacious,
flamboyant, and courageous.

2. Orange: Balanced both mentally and physically.
Happy, loyal, takes each day as it comes.

3. Yellow: Cheerful, charming, magnetic, intelligent, confident, and creative.
Somewhat psychic, and enigmatic.
A good leader and negotiator.

4. Green: The perfect balance between the physical and mental.
Grounded, logical, not easily influenced, rarely judgmental.
An intensely loyal friend — and has lots of them.

5. Blue: Optimistic, empathetic, flexible, idealistic, tranquil, patient, devoted.
A natural mother.

6. Indigo: A brilliant old soul who is intuitive, sensitive, impulsive, curious,
and ambitious, with a great lust for life.

7. Violet: Also an old soul.
Intense, cerebral, wise, loving, generous, sentimental, and artistic.

8. Rose: Main qualities are strength, love, and leadership.
Turns visions into realities.

9. Gold: Radiates love, joy, compassion, and understanding.

More cool colors to come!
Best wishes,




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