Decorating With Purple

Color gurus at Benjamin Moore have chosen a deep amethyst shade as the color of the year

The Benjamin Moore paint company has chosen Shadow for its color of the year. A combination of lively red and calming blue, the peaceful purple is showing up everywhere from fashion runways to housewares departments. So why not add a pop of the popular hue to your home? We’ve done a little shopping to get you started. 

1. Fabulous Fronds

Delicate fern motifs on a background of purple linen make this fabric a fresh choice for upholstery or drapery. The Stackhouse pattern in purple, part of Anna French’s Aria collection for Thibaut, is 54 inches wide and retails for $106 per yard through Corrados’ in Rockville (301-816-9666;

2. Sweet Tea

The design of this shapely little two-in-one teapot and cup is pretty and clever—the teapot fits neatly on top of the cup. Made of stoneware and dishwasher-safe, the tea-for-one, in the company’s elegant Cassis color, is priced at $39 at the Le Creuset store in Bethesda (301-718-1885;



3. Sit in Style

This stylish bench features clean lines, brass legs and soft, eggplant-colored velvet upholstery. At 55 inches wide and 18 inches deep, it’s the perfect piece for an entryway or the foot of a king-size bed. Get it in this trendy color, or one of the 18 others, for $648 through Anthropologie in Chevy Chase (301-654-1481;

4. Beautiful Brushstrokes

Benjamin Moore’s pick for the top paint color of 2017, Shadow, can be either classic or modern. The warm color brings drama to a large room and makes small rooms, such as an office or library, feel extra cozy. A gallon of Shadow (2117-30) in the company’s Aura paint is $69.99, and the Regal Select costs $52.99, both at Strosniders in Bethesda (301-654-5688;

5. Spot-On Rug

The vibrant jewel-tones of this thick, plush wool area rug give a room a solid visual foundation. While not exactly a pattern, the variegated heather effect adds depth and texture to the look. Hand-loomed in New Zealand, the rug is available in six sizes, ranging from $399 to $1,499, at Crate & Barrel in Spring Valley (202-364-6100;

6. Plum Pattern

Spice up the kitchen backsplash, shower wall or even the pool with handcrafted stained-glass mosaics. The Treble design, from Artistic Glass’ Jazz Glass collection, showcases tiles in a regal purple called Dizzy Plum. The mesh-mounted, interlocking sheets, each of which is a little smaller than a square foot, are $33.60 per sheet at Architectural
Ceramics in Chevy Chase (301-718-8343;

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