Saturday, January 4, 2014

Speaking Of the Color Purple

We've all heard that Pantone declared Radiant Orchid as 2014's color of the year.  When I first heard, I have to admit I wasn't quite sure so I turned to my copy of  House Beautiful Color: The Perfect Shade for Every Room to check out their thoughts on "purple personality."  It says that purple lovers "like to think outside the box…they're progressive…value friendships..want to work together to make a better world for all."  That alone makes me want to get on the Radiant Orchid bandwagon for 2014.

What I love about this latest publication by House Beautiful and Lisa Cregan is that is covers all the bases on every color - you're given an overview of the color, suggested picks for certain shades and shown interiors featuring that color to help visualize the possibilities.

Plus, there's a whole section on color combinations.  This is particularly nice if you're happy with the way your room is painted and/or the dominant color but you're looking to change the look up by adding in a new secondary color to the scheme.

Thank you to Sari and Sterling Publishing for my copy of House Beautiful Color: The Perfect Shade for Every Room.  It's already got me contemplating a bathroom color change...


niartist said...

Ah - you know, I don't know how I feel about purple. I've seen some gorgeous spaces in lavender and even plum, but in my house - I just don't know that it'll work. With all this crazy gumwood woodwork I'm a little stuck. You know what it's like working around orange woodwork! LOL!
Can't wait to see if you do change your bathroom color though.

Henhurst Interiors said...

Hi Michele, I just bought a copy via your link. While I am not one to use a lot of color on my own walls, I love seeing them in other spaces. Looking forward to spending some time with this book.
All best,

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

A recent client loves purple...I got her into dusty lilacs and periwinkle as her house is at the beach. My daughter had a lavender bedroom when she was younger. It's growing on me.

Happy New Year!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Great book review, Michele! I need some color inspiration, so will definitely purchase the book. Actually, I'd purchase it just to get a closer look at the black-painted room shown in the post...


Francine Gardner said...

My library's sofas and chairs are in deep purple tones with deep grey walls and taupe rug.I love the feel of the room in the evening. Purple is a rich color that will work in contemporary, eclectic or traditional interiors.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I love most of those colors, but I just can't see myself using purple. I do value friendships, though :)


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