Benjamin Moore has just announced that Shadow, their new signature color for 2016, will be hitting stores soon. The surprising thing about this news isn’t the selection of such an unusual color as the Color of the Year, but rather how many people are unhappy with it. With browns and greens dominating every room from kitchen to bathroom to bedroom, what can you do to make Shadow work in your home? Here are 4 ways to work Benjamin Moore’s Shadow into your home’s color palette.
1: Colors That Complement
Benjamin Moore’s Shadow is a beautiful, deep color that can be used in a variety of ways. Here are three ways you can work it into your home’s color palette
1) Use Benjamin Moore’s own official shadow paint color as an accent wall or a focal point in your space.
2) Take cues from the color and make sure all the accents are dark-ish like black furniture or greys and blues instead of browns or oranges (even if those colors may be trending).
3) Paint one room with the shadow hue and then use contrasting light colors for the other rooms like white walls with deep blue accents.
2: Warm Up With Neutral Accents
If you’re not quite ready to commit to a whole room of Benjamin Moore’s Shadow, try using it as an accent color. A few strategically placed shadow pillows or a throw blanket can add just the right amount of drama to a neutral space. You could also paint one wall inShadow and leave the rest of the room neutral. Or, for a more subtle approach, try using shadow-colored accessories like vases or lamps.
3: Have Fun with One-of-a-Kind Accents
Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or simply inject some personality into your space, one-of-a-kind accents are the way to go. And what better way to make a statement than with Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year: Shadow? Here are four ways you can work this stunning hue into your home’s color palette • Paint a room in deep purple and pair it with natural elements like wood beams and flooring. If you have kids in the house, consider adding accent colors like yellow or orange to keep them happy! • Layer black curtains over cream walls for an eclectic bedroom that feels sophisticated but still cozy at night. Add pops of silver or gold foil touches around the room to complete the look. What could be more on trend than incorporating Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year into your interior design scheme?
4: Create Contrast with Statement Pieces
One way to work Shadow into your home’s color palette is by creating contrast with statement pieces. For example, if your walls are painted Shadow, you could use a lighter color for your furniture or accent pieces. Or, you could use a brighter color for your walls and paint your furniture and accessories in Shadow.
Either way, the key is to create contrast so that Shadow really pops. Finish off your room with plants to add depth, richness, and warmth. It may seem like an extra step but it will make all the difference! Another idea would be to try pairing neutral colors with Shadow. Neutrals such as white, black, gray, and even brown can be paired with any color on the spectrum because they’re more muted than most colors. You can also go monochromatic; try painting your room in one shade of one of these neutrals while adding accents in different shades of the same hue or hue complementaries (pinks against greens) for added dimension.