5 Places to Use Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year

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By F&W Editors Posted November 07, 2016

The inky purple is surprisingly versatile.

The Benjamin Moore Color and Design Team recently issued its 2017 go-to hue, defining the paint trends for next year: Shadow (2117-30). An inky purple with hints of chalky gray and subtle blue, Shadow is surprisingly versatile; with its depth and luster, it creates a sense of both serenity and drama. Pair it with both traditional and unexpected accent colors for maximum impact in these five rooms.

Dining Room
The dining area is one room in the house where you can go unapologetically dramatic, and this shade is the perfect backdrop for both cozy low-lit dinners and lavish holiday spreads. Coat Shadow in a satin finish on the walls, paired with a creamy, subtle shade of golden white on the ceiling; this trick creates a glowy, intimate setting, especially when light sources are placed evenly around the room. Add light-hued curtains in a small coordinating print to keep the space from feeling too dark.

Powder Room
For color-shy homeowners, a powder room or guest bathroom is a great place to show off some color personality. Plus, forget painting small spaces white; the new design formula works well here (small space + dramatic color = big impact). Paint the walls in a glossy coat of Shadow, and pair with burnished brass fixtures, and a pure white pedestal sink. Looking to go even bolder? Consider wallpapering the ceiling with a fun floral or metallic pattern.

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Master Bedroom
While this shade could certainly set the mood on the walls, consider putting a high-gloss coat of this romantic hue on your bed frame, instead. The master bedroom should be the most calming, peaceful room in the house, and Shadow’s depth of color makes a deep base for tone-on-tone layering. Start with a silvery gray on the walls (our pick: Benjamin Moore’s Stormy Monday in a flat, chalky finish), followed by layers of bedding in shades of white, light- and medium-gray, wispy lilac, and pale blue.

Study
A cozy study is the heart of a lived-in home, and this rich color can work wonders even in a masculine space, particularly when paired with the right accent colors and accessories. To nail this look, incorporate furniture with classic lines—try a mahogany roll-top desk or a luminous tufted leather chair—alongside a few softer upholstered pieces clad in simple, subtle patterns—think dark hunter green plaids or muted brown and ivory herringbone. Complete the look with brass or gold accent pieces.

Kids’ Rooms
Who says you can’t use dark, dramatic colors in a child’s bedroom? To get the most mileage out of this color, work it with white furnishings and multiple pops of kid-friendly shades, like sky blue and pale, delicate pink. For an added lift, try hanging a fun gallery wall of white-framed kids’ drawings and paintings.

This article originally appeared on Southern Living.

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