Home Inspiration: How To Make Purple Work

Purple is a hugely versatile colour. It has always been a much-loved colour and has a timeless appeal.  In its darkest shades it is a rich, striking colour, while lighter shades can bring the same restful quality to decorating schemes as blues but with less risk of making a room scheme feel too cold.  Suitable for all decorating styles, purple is a very flexible colour which can have either a masculine or feminine feel, according to the shade and style of the scheme.  A deep, strong purple, has a masculine look while mixing a trio of lighter shades, has a definite feminine feel.

Here are some inspirational ways to use purple in the home:

Modern Day Living

This medium tone purple works well with either neutral or darker shades

A modern Victorian Living Room with Brassica and Elephant's Breath

A modern Victorian Living Room with Brassica and Elephant’s Breath

Bold Bathroom

Using warm darker colours in a a room with little or no natural light creates a dramatic, yet intimate atmosphere

Bathroom in Brinjal

Bathroom in Brinjal

Dark woodwork

Using a darker purple  on the woodwork will create a strong contemporary feel and make the room look bigger

Contemporary Study

Keep delicate purples and subdued blue-greys fresh by combining with brighter colours – try Brassica with Stone Blue on ceilings

A study in Brassica

A study in Brassica and Stone Blue

Dramatic Hallway

Using a darker purple in the hallway will make your other rooms seem lighter and more airy

Hallyway in Brinjal

Hallyway in Brinjal

 A More Subtle Hallway

Using a strong purple shade like Brinjal beneath the dado rail can add a more subtle regal touch. The stair-runner continues the purple theme along the edges and up the stairs.

Clean lines in purple with complementary grey and white

Clean lines in purple with complementary grey and white


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