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Picking the color of the month is like picking your favorite cupcake. Chocolate…so rich. Strawberry? Sweet, ripe fruit. Or how about silky red velvet with cream cheese icing? See what I mean? Practically impossible. How can you abandon any when they’re all so delicious?

In October, we got lucky; consensus came quickly. We all fell for peacock, turquoise’s big sister, which pairs perfectly with this season’s gray, dusty pink and chartreuse.

For November, it took a lot more work to find a color we could all agree on. We argued for gold (the metallic sort), cherry, raisin and even black. Finally, though, we made our choice. This month?

We’re predicting that you’ll fall for plum.

Our conversation about plum started when our color guru, Emily Morrow of Shaw Floors, shared pictures of her recent trip to Italy (see pic 1, above). While on her scouting tour, purple, from violet to raisin, took center stage in store windows. And now it’s showing up on the street in everything from men’s blazers to women’s blouses.

But how to use it at home? Like peacock, it shines with gold (metallic or otherwise). It also surprises, looking edgy and sophisticated, when paired with a red or a blue that matches its intensity.

1. Brinjal, 2. Dark Triumph, 3. Bottle of Bordeaux

Plum is a color that pops on walls, especially when paired with white trim. Try Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal in a kitchen — the aubergine works in everything from rustic Tuscan to sleek modern. Rodda’s Dark Triumph would make for a stand-out powder room and Benjamin Moore’s Bottle of Bourdeaux would turn a bedroom into a boudoir.

If painting a whole room’s too much of a commitment, try accessorizing. Here are some more ideas we love:

Dining Room Rug, Lori Dennis

Deep Purple Ottoman, Frugal Design Girl

Zambia Throw, Z Gallerie

Plum Chairs, Traditional Home

Scarlet Chaise, Crate & Barrel

Well…what do you think? Did we pick the right cupcake color?

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17 Responses

  1. Amy PureHome says:

    Where's the December color of the month???

  2. Wow…time flies doesn't it?!? I had to look back a year ago to see what we had chosen for COTM for November 2010 and think it is so interesting…Plum (last year's November) looks fabulous with my proposed COTM for November's 2011.

  3. […] those of you keeping score, this is a decidedly different color than November’s color, plum. As Nance noted in the comments on our “vote” post, violet runs the gamut of colors […]

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