Shadow

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year, Shadow 21170-30, is a master of ambiance. In quite a contrast after last years Simply White. White which stand for new beginnings, pure in soul, peaceful, spotless, neutral. Shadow, just the name tells us that it is a complete different story. Shadow is a bold, saturated color. 

A shadow is the dark area where light is blocked by an opaque object, it is giving us only a two-dimensional reflection of the object. The color Shadow has something mystical, sophisticated. It is very intense, absorbing almost all the light. It evokes nostalgic memories.

The Benjamin Moore team has created a color palette around their color of the year 2017. From very light tones,to illuminate the rich tone of shadow, to other dark deep colors that create striking combinations.  Take a look on the Benjamin Moore website, you can see a small video showing how designers get inspired to develop such a color harmony.  

Ellen O'Neill, creative director at Benjamin Moore, describes Shadow as following: " It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood."

Shadow is an interesting color, with a lot of depth. Let me show you how it inspired me.

 clouds via LookWork - interior image via  Canvas  - image hand via WGSN  Colour Archive

clouds via LookWork - interior image via Canvas - image hand via WGSN Colour Archive

Color fading away , showing little by little their true nature, layers under a coat of pigments, the hands of an artist.

 image  Benjamin Moore  - mirror Shaping Colors  Germans Ermičs

image Benjamin Moore - mirror Shaping Colors Germans Ermičs

When painting a room in Shadow you make a courageous statement. How can we use Shadow in a way that it not gets overwhelming? Use mirrors to reflect the light falling in the room and to reflect what is maybe hidden.

 image dining via  Decor & Style  - table linen  Tina Motto  - tableware  Emile Henry  - cutlery via  Pinterest

image dining via Decor & Style - table linen Tina Motto - tableware Emile Henry - cutlery via Pinterest

Shadow: an artistic color, showing an elegant luxury. Imagine a dining room in this color, you will feel as being royal. The light reflecting in the crystal chandeliers, candles on the table will give depth to the color. The white table linen will have s soft colored shadow of the dark china-ware. It will be a dinner experience you won't forget.

 flowers via  Wish  - bedroom image via  Fresh Home  - Horizon desk lamp  Porta Romana  - wall lamp Constellation  Porta Romana  - Pastille hanging lamp Herve Van der Straeten via  Veranda

flowers via Wish - bedroom image via Fresh Home - Horizon desk lamp Porta Romana - wall lamp Constellation Porta Romana - Pastille hanging lamp Herve Van der Straeten via Veranda

Make the color less intimidating by combining it with warm neutral colors, and antique brass and copper. The neutral tones will give the color a warmer feeling.

 portrait via  hannahleahhair  - wings via  Pinterest  - bar image via  Flickr  - Pelikan armchair  Finn Juhl

portrait via hannahleahhair - wings via Pinterest - bar image via Flickr - Pelikan armchair Finn Juhl

Think of the wings of exotic birds or butterflies. Give it a vibe, make it modern in combination with strong and bold colors. 

What do you think, Shadow is something for you? How would you use it?

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