specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG
PURPLE: a product of opposites, warm red and cool blue, purple is an enigmatic color. In its deeper tones, it remains majestic while in its palest tints, it provides a refinement. Purple is a complex balance of opposites – sophistication and innocence. Bold purples typically play supporting roles in decorating, while softer lavenders, lilacs and mauves play the lead in color schemes.
Making Purple Work:
- Keep purples vibrant or light and airy for a rich look in the design that won’t overwhelm.
- Darker tones of purple absorb light so the color looks darker than it is. Break up an entire room of purple walls with a feature wall peppered with a pattern of purple and lighter tone. Utilize the powers of wallpaper or stenciling for this effect.
- Add areas of white or off-white to inject a brighter note.
- Choose fabrics with subtle shimmer, such as silks or velvets, or texture, such as natural woven materials or chenilles, to add extra depth
- Play up purple’s majestic effect by placing opulent furnishings and mirrored effects to reflect light around the room
- Choose accessories that match the purple wall color, throw in some accent pieces in a darker tone, and mix in some vivid pinks for bright contrast
Come back next time for our final installment of No Fail Color Palettes where we take a look at Neutrals!