2009's Must-Have Color: Purple

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Purple is 2009's must-have color, according to the Color Marketing Group, an international non-profit association of color design professionals that has been predicting color trends for more than 45 years

January 01, 2009
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Purple is 2009's must-have color, according to the Color Marketing Group, an international non-profit association of color design professionals that has been predicting color trends for more than 45 years.

Other colors dubbed hot: blue, brown, gray, yellow and the return of mauve.

“We're finding comfort in colors that are familiar, and at the same time we're embracing colors that make us happy,” says CMG Executive Director Jamie Stephens. “Also, the demand for colors and products that reflect an environmentally 'greener' world goes way beyond trend. It's now a given,” she says.

When home builders are planning interiors for their model homes, these colors from the CMG hot color trend list can serve to keep things in proper vogue.

  • Purple is not just a fad, it's an entrenched trend, strongly influenced by the election. Look for a grayed-out violet that works equally well as an accent or a neutral.
  • Blue is the new green. This year, the green environmental message is delivered by the color blue.
  • Cooled-down browns and grays provide complex neutrals that satisfy our urge toward classic colors in an economically challenged time.
  • Look for lots of vivid yellow to provide energy as the economy is rebuilt. It's the stand-out accent color for 2009.
  • Mauve has returned. It's an old color that looks new again. In dusty violet shades, mauve works as an accent but also now serves as a neutral.

 

Building Numbers Behind The White House

The White House is an icon in the U.S. What do we know about it? Many changes and additions have occurred over the years, but the status symbol we know today has six levels with 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. There are 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases and three elevators. Also, the first family gets to use a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater and a bowling lane. (Now who was the poor person who had to count this?) — Jennifer Powell, Staff Writer

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