According to esteemed paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams (founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866), Exclusive Plum is the Color of the Year for 2014.
Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing says, “This dusky, filtered violet is refined without being stuffy, elegant yet easy, and layered with romantic potential.”
It seems, from what I see in these promotional photos from Sherwin Williams, that the color has enough grey in it to function as a neutral. There has been a quiet revolution in interior design over the last decade or so where "neutrals" are no longer simply black, white, grey, tan, or brown. Neutrals are now appearing in many other hues. And it would be interesting to layer some featured colors on top of Exclusive Plum. If you are thinking of painting a room anytime soon, give some thought to a "new" neutral.
I will be discussing how to pick paint colors in an upcoming post for 2014. Stay tuned and...