THE COLOUR

PLUM

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Much like the fruit from which it takes its name, the colour plum comes in many shades, from the deep­est, ul­tra-ripe pur­ples to paler, more del­i­cate hues. Whichever end of the spec­trum you favour for your home, plum can al­ways be counted on to lend a room a dis­tin­guished feel. In­deed, this colour has long been associated with wealth and power. It is a close re­la­tion to Tyr­ian Pur­ple, a shade loved by Ro­man Em­per­ors and roy­alty, which was pro­duced us­ing a dye ex­tracted from mol­luscs found only on the shores of the city of Tyre in an­cient Phoeni­cia (now Le­banon) – so ex­pen­sive was this dye that only the most pros­per­ous could af­ford it. Luck­ily, that’s no longer the case. Now, we can all feast on the finest plum paint va­ri­eties, such as the sump­tu­ous ‘Gre­nache’ by Paint & Paper Li­brary (pic­tured, £46.50 for 2.5 litres; paintand­pa­per­li­brary.com).

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