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Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

From lavender to plum I am smitten with purple and am thrilled to see Pantone’s 2018 color of the year pick:

18-3838 Ultra Violet

According to Pantone, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.  Purple has also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.   Ultra Violet has a mystical, spiritual quality attached to it as it is often associated with mindfulness practices such as meditation.

photo by Chris Ensey

In today’s interiors, purple is a surprisingly versatile hue.  It can be read as either warm or cool depending on the formula of red and blue.


Build a room around an area rug in shades of purple.


A statement maker: ultraviolet crystal chandelier

Bella Vetro

Declare a party with a an elegant purple table top

photo by Sofy43

Accents are an easy way to incorporate the Color of the Year into your home

Curated Kravet

Of course, if you use ultra violet the dog be will need to coordinate…

Mr. H says: A garden in purple is always in bloom-Enjoy!

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2017 Pantone Color of the Year-Greenery

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors-Greenery is nature’s neutral.

Sherwin Williams

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Thibaut Design’s Temecula wallpaper and fabric in Green


Worlds Away green zebra stripe bath accessories

Individual pieces of recycled green wine bottles comprise the Vintner chandelier from Currey and Company

Home appliances already sport this exciting shade of green

Your fur friends will adore Greenery too!


Mr. H says: Green is the primary color of our world-Enjoy!

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2016 Colors of the Year

It was once the exclusive domain of PANTONE to choose THE color of the year, being the world-renowned authority on color.  That has evolved through the years with many of the major paint manufactures choosing there own “color of the year”.

These are the top picks for 2016.

For the first time PANTONE selected two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016.  Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.  Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

Pantone Rose Quartz 2016                                  Pantone Serenity 2016

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Pantone 2016 colors of the year

A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year.  At a time of interconnected commotion and over stimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds.

Sherwin Williams 2016 Color of the Year

“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.”
Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.

Sherwin Williams SW7008

PPG has named “Paradise Found” as its 2016 Color of the Year.  This organic, aloe green offers a subtle sense of ease and rejuvenation.  It is a steadfast, impenetrable color that fulfill the need for sturdy reassurance against the worlds growing threats to global, national and cyber security.

PPG Paints 2016 color of the year Paradise Found (PPG1135-5)

Paradise Found (PPG1135-5) is reminiscent of military fatigues and is found in the natural environment.  It is a color that reflects our society’s focus on the development of personal strength, safety and security.

Paradise Found (PPG1135-5)

Benjamin Moore chose its 2016 color the year for its versatility.  Simply White (OC-11) works equally well with cool or warm palettes and retains its neutrality, remaining as constant as possible under different light sources.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

“The color white is transcendent, powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over,” says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry. Of the top ten best-selling Benjamin Moore colors, variants of white occupy five spots. It was inevitable that we would ultimately recognize white as our Color of the Year.”

Benjamin Moore 2016 color of the year

Mr. H says: Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet-Enjoy!

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Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Just like the wine that share it’s name, Marsala is Pantone’s pick for the color of 2015.  A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches the mind, body and soul.

Pantone 2015 color of the year: Marsala

Marsala’s red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated yet natural earthiness that appeals to both men and women.


Designer Rachel Reider crafts a cozy sitting room with Marsala

Rachel Reider Interiors

Marsala is a rich accent color-use it as a lamp, pillow or throw color.

Lamps Plus

Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced on textured surfaces as evident in the luxurious Raja bedding collection by Barclay Butera

Barclay Butera Raja bedding

Mr. H says: Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder-Enjoy!

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Phlox: fab color for fall

The world-renowned authority on color, Pantone, has been inspiring design professionals with their color forecasts for years and 2011 is no different.

On this fall’s hot list, and a personal favorite, we find Phlox.  A magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, that would make a big statement in any interior.

Tall garden phlox blooms profusely throughout the summer

The purple accent wall pops in this mod living room we recently completed.

Purple Accent Wall

A bright spot in an otherwise neutral space

Purple velevet modern chair

Any number of fabric styles exist in this signature color from stylized floral patterns to traditional damasks

Clarke and Clarke Caitlin Linen Passion

Phlox makes an appearance at the table in Lenox dinnerware and glassware

 Lenox Tuscany Harvest wine glasses

Hip Wildcat Territory bedding

Wildcat Territory Tate Bedding

Company C Luciana Rug

Company C Luciana Rug

Mr. H says: One’s personality is quickly revealed in their choice of color-Enjoy!