Vi­o­let femmes

The colour pur­ple is set to reign supreme, writes

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Get ready for a calm, soothing sea­son of colour. Paint re­tailer Taub­mans has an­nounced Vi­o­let Ver­bena as its in­au­gu­ral Colour of the Year for 2017, a sur­pris­ingly ver­sa­tile li­lac that works well with brights, pas­tels, metallics and neu­trals.

But don’t ex­pect in­te­rior de­sign­ers and stylists to stick to one shade of pur­ple this year, with Europe al­ready em­brac­ing stronger shades of this most royal mem­ber of the colour spec­trum.

Softer tones can be paired with dark neu­trals, where it un­veils grey un­der­tones, and with whites, where it throws off a more tra­di­tional pur­ple shade.

In­te­rior de­sign ex­pert and Taub­mans brand am­bas­sador, Shaynna Blaze, says the colour Vi­o­let Ver­bena can com­ple­ment a va­ri­ety of styles.

“I love Vi­o­let Ver­bena for its clever, chameleon- like qual­i­ties,” she says. “It’s the new neu­tral — a warm grey tone that plays in its en­vi­ron­ment and blends per­fectly with many dif­fer­ent sur­round­ings.

“It’s pol­ished yet play­ful in a child’s room but calm­ing enough to be used in bed­rooms or other spa­ces that re­quire tran­quil­lity.”

Shaynna says the colour is re­flec­tive of where de­sign is head­ing in 2017.

“To me it feels si­mul­ta­ne­ously nos­tal­gic and mod­ern, both mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine.”

Ev­ery shade of vi­o­let and pur­ple is fil­ter­ing through to home­wares, from plates, cush­ions, cut­lery and even fur­ni­ture hit­ting the pur­ple mark.

Shaynna says pur­ple can be as­so­ci­ated with a dated in­te­rior, but due to the surge of in­ter­est in navy and indigo in the past cou­ple of years, moving to pur­ple-based colours is a nat­u­ral ural pro­gres­sion.

“Vi­o­let Ver­bena is an el­e­gant t foray into a con­tem­po­rary pur­ple hue e which sits nicely along­side indigo and the mixed metal tones pop­u­lar right now such as brass, cop­per and rose gold,” she says.

She says this soft shade will work seam­lessly with ex­te­ri­ors and in­te­ri­ors and is a mod­ern choice for in­te­ri­ors and fur­nish­ings.

“At quar­ter or half-strength Vi­o­let Ver­bena is mu­ta­ble enough to com­ple­ment most decors but at full or dou­ble-strength it be­comes a fea­ture.”

Pur­ple reigns!

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