Color Crush: Royal Purple

Purple is definitely a difficult color to implement into a design. Often, people choose a shade that is too bold or too muted. Finding just the right amount of royal purple is no easy feat, yet many designers – including the ones featured below – have accomplished just that.

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This homeowner chose a nice amount of the color to be used as an accent wall behind her mudroom. This allows for a pop of saturated color without it being too overwhelming. It’s a rich shade that compliments the décor in the home.

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Another way to add purple to your space in a way that is not overwhelming is simply to bring in the color with linens or accessories. This children’s room made a great choice of royal purple bedding, especially because most homeowners and designers would choose more lavender shades for children. The height of the bunk beds allows the color to be balanced as well.{found on site}.

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Purple also looks great in metallic shades or on satin or silk fabrics. These fabrics bring out the sheen in royal purple, allowing it to look and feel elegant and classic. These colors are not limited to traditional design and work well in contemporary homes as well.{found on source}.

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Purple works particularly well when paired with its opposite on the color wheel: yellow or gold. This dining room is evidently meant for someone who has expensive taste. The wallpaper has gold undertones, which are reflected in the mural painted on it and the furniture choices. The result is a highly memorable design that embodies luxury.{found on site}.

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Furniture looks fantastic when finished off with a sleek, lacquered look. This contemporary sideboard is no exception. Filled with rich purple tones, it’s complemented with a silver leaf look that results in a high-end feel. It also works well because the other furniture pieces and accents in the room are neutral, which allows the purple sideboard to stand out without other elements in the room competing against it.{found on site}.

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Above is an example of a room that utilizes purple throughout the space, yet somehow it feels balanced and comfortable. I believe what makes it work is that the focal point, the fireplace, is decorated with a lighter shade of purple, which coordinates well with the sofa and white mantle, while the rest of the room is clad with darker tones. The result is a warm and comfortable space that’s fit for a king (or queen!)

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I hope that the above inspiration rooms have shows you that if done in the right way, purple can be a very effective color to use in a home. It’s sleek, contemporary, but also brings a great sense of comfort and joy into a home. Whether you use it on a few accent pillows, vases, lamps, or on an entire wall using paint or wallpaper, purple is a color that can grow with you and work with your home through a variety of different styles and stages.