Purple in Interior Design

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Combine equal parts of red and blue paint or dye to create the color purple. In interior design, purple is a versatile color because it goes well with most colors. Since the color consists of the colors red and blue, it fits well in a room decorated in various shades of either red or blue. Moreover, if one shade of purple is too bold for you, simply choose a lighter shade. 

Another advantage of using purple in interior decorating is that you can incorporate it into your interior design regardless of whether you prefer a traditional, contemporary, country or cottage look. However, the color purple does not have to dominate your entire home’s decor. Here are some ideas on how to add a splash of purple to any room in your home. 

The Color Purple in Interior Design

There are many shades of purple. The shade you use will depend on the atmosphere that you would like to create. For example, while purple can create a feeling of royalty, a lighter shade can create a soft, romantic atmosphere. Pastel purple is appropriate for a little girl’s room, while bright purple reflects playfulness and fun, which makes it appropriate for a little boy’s room. Darker shades, however, can make a room appear gloomy and create feelings of sadness. Regardless of the shade that you choose, white window trim and baseboards will add brightness to your room.    

Ways to Incorporate Purple into Your Interior Design

  • Paint the walls in your dining room. A deep shade of purple such as plum or gooseberry will create a cozy atmosphere - important for family togetherness and unity. A deep shade of the color purple will add warmth and style to a formal living room.
  • In the bedroom or family room, lavender walls can promote feelings of relaxation. Add a finishing touch with accessories such as throw pillows and lampshades in a contrasting color. Most shades of green, yellow or turquoise would complement your bedroom’s interior design.  
  • If you do not want to paint all the walls in a room, accent a wall with paint. For example, a dark purple wall in the kitchen or breakfast nook can add interest and color. Another option is to paint the ceiling in the kitchen for a dramatic look.
  • If you would like to use purple on the floor, galaxy tile is a good choice. It is more on the gray side, but the color will coordinate well with purple accessories in the room. Galaxy tile is also practical on the backsplash in the kitchen, the backsplash in the bathroom and the tile over the bathtub. 

Interior Design: Upholstered Furniture and Accessories

Use a neutral color, such as taupe or beige, for your upholstered furniture. Accent your sofa and chairs with cushions and pillows. Take advantage of an area rug to tie in the furniture and accent colors. Wall art is also a practical way to tie in all the colors in the room. If you get tired of the color purple or it goes out of style, keep the same furniture pieces and simply replace the accents.

Finally, if you choose a dark shade for your walls, like plum, consider bright accents. In contrast, if the walls are light purple, consider a dark color for your accessories. Above all, don’t be afraid to use color. Incorporating the color purple into your interior design is fun and a cost-effective way to update your home’s decor. 

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