In this brave new internet world we have some wonderful decorating and design blogs - there are so many but I've found some I can trust to offer inspiration regularly. We'll link to them when we can. Two years ago there was a piece on The Peak of Chic about colors and how their names are more interesting in French than in English. The color being discussed was called prunelle by some famous designer. Purple. Brownish purple. The color doesn't sound any more appetizing than it's namesake but it is a fantastic design color for upholstery or accents. I would love to do a room with dove grey walls and shades of grey, prunelle and yellow in upholstery and accents. Perhaps red. I think a rich bullfight red and prunelle would be luscious next to each other. It is a well known decorator maxim that every room should have a dot of red or black. Notice I didn't say "pop". I don't want anything to "pop" in my rooms. I'm bored with the use of the word in fashion and decorating.
Would I do the walls of a room in prunelle? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe. Is it a new color or a new name? In the same evening I browsed some clothing catalogs and found that JJill knew about prunella since there were at least six items in the online outlet close to that color. Come to think of it, I have an old and worn Life Is Good t-shirt that is faded prunella. I knew I liked that color. Don't go looking at JJill now. Remember I first wrote this post in 2009.
The photo above is of Italian prunes and the one shiny one is the best exemplification of the color I could find. Isn't it rich??