There’s a reason decorating with purple is associated with royalty: In ancient times, the dye was extracted from mollusks and therefore incredibly expensive. In many parts of the world, it was actually against the law to use purple if you weren’t of noble blood. Now deep versions of the color still signal luxury, while softer takes are famously soothing. That kind of versatility means the first step in decorating with purple is to choose your shade.
Lighter shades of purple tend to skew more towards the feminine side of things. They create a soft and airy atmosphere while still remaining sophisticated if you pair it with crisp white or gray/silver accents. Typically these shades make a room feel cheerful and calm and help soften anything that’s a bit more masculine. Lavender is a very popular shade that will bring out the creamy honey colors in lighter shades of wood.
Dark shades make a big impact so be sure you’re ready to commit before throwing it up on a wall or investing in nice furniture. There’s a fine line to walk when choosing shade in a room that’s not for a child because the color is often viewed as juvenile. Typically deep purples will make a room feel more mature. On the other hand, they can also make a room feel too dark if there isn’t enough lighting. To avoid this try and pair richer shades with light furniture.
Decorating with Purple in the Bedroom
Purple walls aren’t always the best for sleep. While purple can definitely create a calming effect, it is also said to be mentally stimulating, which means people who have the color on their bedroom walls often get less sleep. If you love the regal feeling of darker shades, we recommend using those on an accent wall. Staying on the lighter end of spectrum when it comes to the bedroom will make it feel more open, while dark walls can make the room feel smaller than it is.
If you’re going to use it in your accessories, any shade of purple can make an impact, just remember to think about how you want the room to feel first. Pairing a light shade with a yellow helps create a relaxing atmosphere, while golds go great with dark shades.
Decorating with Purple in the Living room
Purples can help anchor a large open space and define different rooms in an open floor plan. Set your living room apart from your family room or kitchen with a large area rug that ground a neutral room and creates just the right amount of drama. If you chose a deep plum, it will pair beautifully with an orange like this Santa Fe Twilight. Dark browns also complement deep shades and help warm up the room. Another fantastic way to define a space is an accent wall. California Merlot is perfect in a small hallway or transitional space because it will help create more depth.
Decorating with Purple Kitchen
You won’t see many kitchens painted in purple, but if you choose one with hints of red it could help stimulate appetite. Plus it will pair great with all the reds and greens you find in your food. Add it to the seats of chairs or stools to create bright pops of color. A gingham pattern will add a subtle touch of country to the space.
Whatever shade you choose to go with, be sure to pick up a sample first. This can be a tough shade to work with, so you definitely want to make sure you love it before investing time and money into a redesign.