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The Almond Touch

Yesterday on our Preval Color Series we went “green” and healthy with the color celery.  Today let’s explore a different color approved by both the Mayo Clinic.. and Valspar as well as Benjamin Moore. Our adventure in color coming from the writer in the land “of fruits and nuts” is all about that healthy “nut” the almond.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the almond provides many healthy benefits- providing nutrients and vitamins to the consumer and more.

“These tear-shaped nuts are packed with nutrients — fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium. In fact, one serving (about seven almonds) has more calcium than any other type of nut — 22 milligrams. One serving also provides almost 15 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E. And they're good for your heart. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat — a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.”

While the history of the almond goes back to the 17th century, its name hadn’t been officially decided until 1964.  What is commonly referred to as the almond isn’t even its scientific name.  It’s proper name is “prunus dulcis.”  And, one step further, in botanical terms, the almond is a fruit too. Almonds produce a fruit called the “drupe.”

Per Wikipedia:

“The almond fruit measures 3.5–6 cm (1–2 in) long. In botanical terms it is not a nut, but a drupe. The outer covering or exocarp, fleshy in other members of Prunus such as the plum and cherry, is instead a thick leathery grey-green coat (with a downy exterior), called the hull. Inside the hull is a reticulated hard woody shell (like the outside of a peach pit) called the endocarp. Inside the shell is the edible seed, commonly called a nut. Generally, one seed is present, but occasionally there are two.

Is your mind boggled yet? How’s that for a healthy double dose?

That said, let’s see that healthy fruit and nut applied to interior design.

Valspar’s approach to adding the almond color into their design can be seen in this “eclectic bathroom” paired with another healthy minded main color- “Apricot.”  Their version entitled “Almond Whip” was used inside the shelving.

image via Valspar

When Courtney and Ben came to designers at, the design duo team used Benjamin Moore’s Blanched Almond 1060 to help give their room a makeover for what they called a bit of a “creamy wheat color with a hint of a rusty undertone.

How will you take your approach to almond healthy color today?  At Preval we are here to help.  One bite at a time.

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