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Cutting-Edge Purples

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If you are looking for a fashionable new accent colour to revive your décor or add interest to an otherwise blah space, turn your attention to purple.

Don't fret, I am not referring to the "Barney" or "Toronto Raptors" purple that your pre-teen loves, but a sophisticated shade that's fresh from the runway. Today's hot purple runs the gamut from rich plum to the palest of lavenders and even chalky mauves and pops of bold magenta.

At the "Maison & Objet" trade-show in Paris, I saw evidence of a purple story everywhere! It was on sofas, in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and even flooring. You may think in Canada we are a bit more conservative, since at home purple paint has generally been relegated to the bedroom. But take a look at your favourite décor magazines and your local home-fashion outlets and you will see how the story has crossed the pond and become comfortable in many Canadian homes.

Here, the most popular shades of purple seem to be the smoky purple tones that coordinate so well with classic grey, earthy wood tones, leather, and natural textiles. Benjamin Moore's vintage wine (2116-20) is a great choice for this new look, as it has all the luxury of purple with the comfort of a rich brown. In this entryway, vintage wine is accented against wasabi (AF-430) to provide a welcoming contrast as you enter the home.

Even lighter variations of purple like cabernet (2116-30) and hazy lilac (2116-40) can add drama to your decorating scheme. For a softer, more refined look, porcelain (2113-60) is a beautiful option.

Lighter, darker, cooler, warmer—whichever your pick, purple is a great choice!

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