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Purple - The Hot Interior Paint Colour for 2012

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

There is a significant advantage in working on showhomes on a regular basis. I get insight into the latest colour trends being used by designers. This Fall, the colour trend that I canít ignore is purple. Iíve been seeing it in accessories for the last year, but this Fall I am seeing it on walls. And I love it.

I think purple is sexy. When it is used in the right way it isnít feminine or too girly. It works to create living rooms with a cool and modern vibe or bedrooms with a smoky and sultry feel.

Here is a sample of some of the purples I am recommending to my clients, as well as some neutrals with a purple undertone.

First on my list are the Benjamin Moore Affinity colours. There is something about the purples in the Affinity fan deck that I just love. They are rich, sophisticated and every one of them is stunning.

My three favourites are Benjamin Moore Tempest (AF-590), Benjamin Moore Kasbah (AF-640) and Benjamin Moore Wish (AF-680). Tempest is cool and I love it paired against Wish or even Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (HC-172).

Benjamin Moore
AF-590 Tempest

Benjamin Moore
AF-640 Kasbah

Benjamin Moore
AF-680 Wish

Looking for something a little more neutral? Time to look at the greys. I like Benjamin Moore Elephant Gray (2109-50) or Silver Fox (2108-50) or Benjamin Moore Escarpment (CC-518). Silver Fox is delicious and I recently used Escarpment in a dining room for an absolutely amazing effect. All three of these greys have just enough of a purple undertone to give you the perfect amount of colour.

Benjamin Moore
2109-50 Elephant Gray

Benjamin Moore
2108-50 Silver Fox

Benjamin Moore
CC-518 Escarpment

And for those daring, dark colours try Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy (2117-10), a black with a definite purple undertone. Benjamin Moore Shadow (2117-30) is as purple as it gets but this is a dark grape colour and I saw it used in a modern white kitchen for a dramatic look. Benjamin Moore Mysterious (AF-565) has more of a blue undertone but on walls can look more purple than blue. This is a great colour that even the men like.

Benjamin Moore
2117-10 Carbon Copy

Benjamin Moore
2117-30 Shadow

Benjamin Moore
AF-565 Mysterious

All seriously sexy colours, not for the faint of heart. Try these in small spaces like powder rooms or a study or even for a piece of furniture you want to stand out.

Do you have a room that needs to be updated? Need some help in choosing the right colours as well as hiring a professional team of painters? Give us a call or send us and email and we will be happy to set up an appointment.

Posted by: Bert
I have just finished painting my powder room on the main floor in BM Kasbah. It looks beautiful with the white cabinet/sink, the trim and white towels. I'd like to introduce another colour (possibly grey?) just as an accent but I'm loving it just the way it is too.

Hi Bert.

Kasbah is gorgeous. I love that colour. I would say forget the accent colour and enjoy that beautiful colour.

Posted by: John Shearer
I have noticed purple's increasing popularity in the last few years. In Seattle purple (of all variations) have always been popular for rooms and accent walls. Primarily because the University of Washington colors are purple and gold and the Seattle/metro area has over 250,000 graduates living locally.

LOL - I never connected the dots at why purple is used so much in Seattle. Now I know.

Posted by: Mary Steele Lawler
Have had great success with AF-50 Etiquette. Soft, pearlescent neutral that subtly changes with the light. Plays especially well with others.

Thanks Mary. I've always liked Etiquette on the fan deck. Good to know it works so well. 

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