Purple is not for the fainthearted. It is a dramatic colour, conveying a sense of luxury and sophistication, but also mystery and eccentricity. Many of us avoid bold colours in general, choosing instead to decorate with ‘safe’ neutral shades, and it takes particular courage to opt for a colour as daring as purple. There’s much more to purple than meets the eye, though – it comes in a wide variety of shades, can be adapted to a number of different decorating styles, and, when done right, will create a real wow factor in your home. Still skeptical? Then just take a look at these sumptuous purple interior design ideas.
1. Balance With Grey
Although it does depend on the shade you go for, on the whole, purple tones have a tendency to overpower a room if applied without careful thought. When painting or decorating in purple, creating balance will be of the utmost importance if the colour is not to swamp the space. There are various ways to achieve this balance, but grey shades are particularly good at moderating colour extremes, and they do a great job at offsetting strong purples.
2. Less Is More
Too much of anything can be a bad idea, and less is most definitely more when it comes to using purple in your home decor. This doesn’t mean, though, that you have to restrict yourself to a few violet-coloured throw pillows. Whilst restraint is key, you can still make a real impact with just a few enhancements – an accent wall or chair, for example. And it’s a great way to liven up an otherwise neutral space.
3. Purple and Gold
Purple is a rich, regal colour, and for this reason is very effective when paired with gold, which also has a majestic quality. Together they infuse a space with a real sense of elegance, as is evident in the example above.
4. Pastel Purples
Another subtle way of introducing purple into a space is to opt for pastel tones, such as lilacs and lavenders. Pastels lend an informal feel to a room, yet can still look wonderfully sophisticated. These lighter shades of purple are best paired with white rather than the greys so well suited to the richer purples.
5. Purple and Blue
The colour purple is a mixture of red and blue, but it is blue that makes the better match with purple in interior design terms. However, not just any blue will do, you should be picking equally rich shades such as royal blue and ultramarine. On the other hand, combine pastel blues with pastel purples.
6. Go All Out Purple
Some design rules are made to be broken, and if you’re brave enough, it may be time to throw caution to the wind and go all purple. If you’re going to do it, though, do it right – choose dark, imposing shades of purple, like royal purple or plum. To prevent the room from appearing saturated, try to vary the tones slightly – perhaps include furniture that is slightly lighter in colour than the walls. For a truly opulent look, add a few gold-coloured accessories.