Thursday, February 24, 2011

Purple People 2

Purple is seriously overexposed.  Or is it?

My first blog post ever, "PURPLE PEOPLE,"
continues to be one of my most-read posts.

 It also happens to be 18 months old!

So why is purple still going strong?

House Beautiful magazine's
"Hottest New Paint Colors for 2011"
includes "GRAPE HYACINTH" 31-24 (ABOVE) by Pratt and Lambert Paints.  Designer Angie Hranowski counts "Grape Hyacinth" amongst her current favorites.

A somewhat grayed-purple (BELOW) enriches the mahogany chest, while cool silver finishes lend elegant touches to the vignette.
eileen kathryn boyd interiors
I'm amazed by how much I continue to see of this color.  And why not?  Purple is rich and soothing and full of so many shades, both bright and subtle, rich and matte. Purple really does have something for everyone!

Benjamin Moore Paints 
named "VINTAGE WINE," 2116-20, (BELOW) its

A dark aubergine, "Vintage Wine" is similar to
Farrow and Ball's "BRINJAL" which I discussed in a recent post, "Color and Design Trends for 2011."

Benjamin Moore Paints currently lists
and "MISTY LILAC" 2071-70
(ABOVE, RESPECTIVELY) as two of their
"most popular paint colors for bedrooms."

maison boheme

Note how these lightest lavenders (ABOVE),
in some cases with only a hint of color,
come alive with fuchsia and cherry red accents!
Sherwin Williams' "GRAPE MIST" SW6548 (ABOVE) as one

Purple can be taken in many directions and paired with unexpected colors, including
the neon brights whose popularity is rising.

anna kern

steven gambrel
Purple and gold?  You can't miss.
Uses of purple are expanding,
taking on unexpected pairings and patterns...

the rug company

...and going from the warmest wine tones
to the coolest grapes!

Designer David Kaihoi's tiny East Village apartment, featured in House Beautiful in 2010, caused a stir with its daring, royal "PURPLE HAZE" 1413 
(Benjamin Moore) covering all walls and trim!
Note how the purple allows both darker (wood)
and lighter (mirror) pieces to pop!

And as for the 2011 runways...


clockwise: Christian Dior Resort 2011, Mulberry Spring 2011,
Badgely-Mischka Fall 2011, Max Mara Spring-Summer 2011
Brioni Pre-Fall 2011, Marc Jacobs watch
Mulberry, Spring-Summer 2011
Now I could do with this little number!