Decorating with… Purple!
August 8, 2013
This time of year always gets me thinking about the color purple. With fall fashions and home decor often featuring various shades of this hue it can’t help but come to mind with the arrival of catalogs and campaigns. It’s an especially popular color in my area since harvest is on its way and we’re seeing the grapes turn this month. I also just finished a dining room space that includes several shades of this hue in the design, reveal coming next week.
Today I hopped across the color wheel in the continuing Color Series to focus on this dramatic color and its various alluring shades that include deeper aubergine and paler lilacs and lavender. First up, paint on the walls, when does it work? In formal spaces such as dining and living rooms, dark and moody shades of purple are a sophisticated choice.
Refined purple grounds white in a bedroom or living space, adding beautiful contrast.
Have you considered a shade for your bathroom or laundry room?
Purple is a popular choice for a young girl’s room (I went there too!) and in paler shades of lavender, the look is sweet and feminine when balanced with a lot of fresh whites, modern prints, and doses of playful colorful accents.
As always with wallpapers, introduce both pattern and drama to a space with modern geometrics or classic botanical motifs.
Purple is such a striking color, so an approach that makes the hue less dominant is when it’s used in the form of accent furniture and accessories. Purple looks equally pleasing with warm golds and sophisticated silver sheens, and its no fail neutral partner is gray.
Thankfully, there’s an abundance of purple in nature so play with this hue in your tablescapes too, pairing bright lilac with its complement yellow or pulling in warm golden hues with your place setting.
What colors look smashing with purple? Certainly indigo or peacock blue as pictured above, but here are four more favorites!
Amanda Nisbet Design
Read more interesting facts about the color purple here.
What about all of you? Are you pro or anti purple?
Or does it just depend on the space?
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