Friday, November 30, 2012

Decorating With Purple.......It's A Majestic Color

 Purple is a rich color steeped in history with strong connections to the powerful. Once considered for royalty only, purple is now a color enjoyed by everyone. Purple is majestic and it gives individuals a sense of accomplishment and power when in the same presence with it. In ancient times, the dye was extracted from mollusks and therefore insanely expensive. This is why the color was a favorite of many kings and queens and was a dominate color in the decor of their courts.

The Purple palette can range from the dark shades of royal, eggplant, grape, plum, to the softer, lighter shades of  lavender and lilac. The deep versions of the color still signal luxury, while softer ones are soothing. Whatever shade you prefer, the color is gorgeous in your home and decor. 

People often ask about “hot” colors and wonder if purple is a hot color now. I think purple (and the various shades of purple, like lavender & plum) are always hot! If you like those colors, there’s a shade out there for you to use in your royal residence.

So here's to purple!

This picture and the one below is proof that purple is also very versatile. It can be flamboyant  and dramatic as well as understated and natural.

Purple can be an accent or can stand on its own and command a presence.

The deepest purples, like aubergines and brooding blue-tinted shades, imply grandeur and strike a serious, formal note.
If you decide to look for the perfect color purple or plum for your walls I always suggest you start with an inspiration for the room (art piece, rug, fabric, comforter, etc.) and pull your colors from there (vs. selecting 
paint first).

“Jeune Femme en Tenue de Soirée Assise près d’un Bouquet D’hortensias” by Jules Louis Machard

Historically, purple has been long associated with mystery, wealth, and wisdom by royalty and those in higher power.

However, the lighter shades are so soft and feminine.

Purple and gold have always been a royal combination.

Lilac or lavender is a wonderful color to use with a French Country look. The following images are also perfect examples.

Be it classic.....

Bedroom by Jamie Drake

or more contemporary, purple fits right in.

Gingham, large or small,  is perfect for a country interior.

When used as an accent, purple can add an interesting pop to an otherwise neutral room.

When done in a lighter value it can read as a neutral.

Set your table with purple and be the envy of your guests. It's a lovely color to use for Christmas entertaining.

You can certainly have fun with this color.

This is s pretty color combination and those walls.....very interesting!

The darker shades of purple are best used boldly, with commitment. Advises Elizabeth Bauer, New York City interior designer and purple advocate: “To make them work, do something major, like all four walls or a set of built-ins.”

Who wouldn't want an invitation to this party!

Don't forget this color is also beautiful when used outdoors!

Hope you were inspired to give purple a try!

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