{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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{2016 pantone colors of the year: rose quartz and serenity}


Call it an early Christmas present, or call it confusing. Either way, Pantone gave us two Colors of the Year for the first time ever with the announcement that Rose Quartz and Serenity would share the spotlight as the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year.

Some critics compared the two hues to the traditional pastels for baby bedrooms — pale pink and baby blue — but Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman disagrees. “Rose Quartz is not baby pink,” she says, “it doesn’t have that wimpy feel.”

The executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute told the Wall Street Journal that Pantone had been considering two colors for awhile, and this seemed like the perfect pair. “From a business perspective, it’s two colors, so it’s an opportunity to make extra combinations,” Eiseman said. “It makes for a perfect combination in the home.”


Media Reaction

The Los Angeles Times called it a coded message about gender equality and fluidity. “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Eiseman explained. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

InStyle was more poetic, focusing on the soothing nature of the airy pastels: “Rose Quartz evokes a sunset, budding flower, or flushed cheek, while Serenity conjures an expanse of bleached blue sky. Worn separately, they don’t have the same power of calmness as they do when worn together.”


StyleCaster and the kitchn showcased creative ways to decorate with the two hues and Apartment Therapy did a great piece on “Pale Pink Living Rooms” earlier this year

Variations of Rose Quartz have been on our radar for a year or so and we featured the Hirshfield’s Paint color, Souffle 0139, in a blog post last November. Here are a few photos from Hirshfield’s Pinterest Boards showing similar colors to Rose Quartz and Serenity. It will be an interesting year seeing how and where the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year show up.


Wall color is Raleigh Peach CW-205 from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection

house to home pastel living room

House to Home

blue living room

Coco + Kelley

Living Inside pink and blue living room

Living Inside

From the Pantone site:

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

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{benjamin moore 2016 color of the year: simply white}

Sometimes, Benjamin Moore goes with a “lighter  touch” in its annual Color Trend Forecast. Like last year, when Guilford Green was the 2015 Color of the Year.  Or 2014, when they went with a light blue, Breath of Fresh Air. But this year, it’s simply white. Or “Simply White OC – 117” to be exact.


Walls: Simply White OC – 117 Aura Matte | Trim: Simply White OC – 117 ADVANCE Semi-Gloss

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{friday finds: benjamin moore 2013 color of the year}

The color experts at Benjamin Moore have made their selection for the 2013 color of the year. And the winner is…..

Lemon Sorbet 2019-60

Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet 2019-60

The palette is shifting from super saturated and strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades. It’s the perfect partner for the emerging palette of freshened, polished pastels that promise to be favorites in the coming year. Additionally, it’s the ideal transition color as we move from the more vibrant spectrum and mid-to-deep tone hues that we’ve been experiencing in home furnishings and fashions.
– Sonu Mathew, ASID, IIDA, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer (Source)

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{friday finds: pantone’s color of the year 2011}

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening.

Why should you want to know?
Don’t you mind about the future?
Don’t you try to think ahead?
Save tomorrow for tomorrow;
Think about today instead.

I have been waiting in anticipation for the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year 2011. I sometimes think I’m silly to get excited about color, with the depressing state of affairs that surround all of us, but it is the little things in life that makes one happy.

The big color reveal was yesterday and Honeysuckle it is. According to Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, “Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting…instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become a part of our everyday life.” It sounds like Honeysuckle is just what we need in our lives.

Keep your eyes open for this color in fashion, print ads, home accessories, nail polishes, logos, paint, and packaging, to name a few. You can even get a Honeysuckle Pantone Visa card.

I give this cheery color a stamp of approval. Some people don’t associate honeysuckle with pink and there have been grumblings that Pantone missed the mark. Your thoughts on Honeysuckle? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

In addition to Honeysuckle, Pantone is forecasting these colors for Spring 2011.

The Wall Street Journal has a good read on Pantone and the hue for 2011. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703296604576005881610036902.html





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