I find that colour preference is very personal. That’s why I’m always conflicted around this time of year – when paint companies announce their favourite colour picks for 2017. It’s kind of like being spritzed by the newest perfume at the department store. If I don’t like florals I probably won’t appreciate smelling like a bouquet for the rest of my day but on the other hand, I might surprise myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone. Plus, it’s always good to stay on top of trends – even if you don’t participate.
To be honest, I find this year’s Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year a bit of a dilemma. When I heard “Shadow” I though “grey” which immediately made me giddy. I LOVE GREY. But then I looked at the colour chip and realized that it was more purple than grey which makes it more complicated. Purple is my mother-in-law’s least favourite colour and subconsciously I guess I’ve erased it from my life. Aside from that though, it’s a pretty specific aesthetic which may not appeal to everyone.
So what does Shadow look like? Here are some spaces from our friends at Benjamin Moore. As you can see, all of them are quite moody and most are paired with black woodwork, trim or furniture. At home you might want to pair with light to medium toned woods, light fabrics to lift the space, and pops of colour in other strong shades like magenta.
Even though my relationship with Shadow is complicated, there are a lot of colours in Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends brochure that I LOVE, like the very poorly named but very beautiful Gentleman’s Grey. It’s quite misleading since it’s actually a rich shade of deep blue. Pair it with black and charcoal for masculine moody spaces or add pops of orange for energy and colour. To cheer up Gentleman’s Gray use it with crisp white woodwork or add other vibrant shades for contrast.
If you prefer your blue just as moody and grey but more on the green side try Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray.
Now let’s talk about a colour I can really get behind. Yup, you guessed it – it’s a shade of grey. Today was a rainy day and even though it’s not Monday that didn’t make Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday any less beautiful. It makes me think of afternoons on the couch with a blanket. For a unique combination, try it with shades of vibrant green, from fresh cut grass to deep emerald. If you prefer a softer palette use Stormy Monday to create a relaxing bedroom complete with crisp white sheets, pink accents and fun pillows for a touch of pattern.
A great red paint colour is hard to find. Some are to so vibrant that they’re hard to live with – others too brown to make a statement. Benjamin Moore Dinner Party is somewhere in between. It’s rich without being electric and earthy without being dull. Break the rules and try it in a small space like the foyer for a warm welcome. Instead of white, pair with trim in the softer Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Not all of next year’s favourite colours are deep and moody. Benjamin Moore Iceberg is a great paint colour for creating breezy and airy spaces that feel open and bright without looking like the nursery. It’s my pick for bathrooms, laundry rooms and cheerful bedrooms. For a bit of sparkle, add accessories in antique gold or brass!
Finally, if you think you’re too adult for pink try the grown up version in Benjamin Moore Porcelain. It’s still fun and flirty but won’t make you feel like you’re living in Barbie’s dream house.
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