The color purple is as inviting as it is mysterious. Like most secondary colors, it draws upon the power of its parents (in this case, red and blue) to form its own identity in the color spectrum.
Purple combines blue’s inherent stability and serenity with red’s energy and zest to create a visual sense of luxury, creativity, power, and magic. This article will investigate several ideas of colors that go with purple, and we’ll talk about why each combination works.
Purple + Pink + Orange
When purple wants to shine, it can do it on its own. But, better yet, it invites some nearby color wheel neighbors and really gets out there into the visual space. Purple, pink, and orange create an enthusiastic, energetic combination that easily, and loudly, says, “We’re happy to be here, you’re welcome.” It’s always important to work in the grounding color black in a space with such vibrant visual, to kind of offset the potential to overwhelm.
Purple + Bronze
From weddings to makeup to interior design, a purple and bronze color palette is incredibly popular. This is likely because the colors on their own are aged to perfection, stately, yet with the tiniest glimmer of spunk and shine. Because bronze is one of the darker of the metal tones, deep purple can be paired for a moody, dramatic effect, or a paler version of purple can be used for lightening the ambiance but in a chic, grown-up way.
Purple + Plum
Using two tones of purple in the same space – a cool blue purple and a warm red purple like plum – creates this incredibly luxurious aesthetic. Purple is deep and dramatic but is still approachable; when you incorporate both ends of the color temperature spectrum, you’re able to catch a variety of impactful visual candy. Of course, balancing the combo out with some cream also helps.
Purple + Lime Green
A very popular color combination in nurseries for a long time, purple (specifically lavender) and lime green comprised a great yin and yang for color. A little tart mixed in with plenty of sweet. The color pairing is still incredibly popular and effective, but not just in nurseries anymore, as these Alex Andrite graphic cabinets can attest. Opt for some interesting pattern, and don’t be afraid to go deep with some of your purple in this pairing.
Purple + Mint Green
Rich, saturated purple plays an important role when combined with more watery greens, such as sage or mint green. The neutral-ish greens naturally take the background role while purple steps forward; this creates such an interesting dynamic when the actual implementation of the colors is reversed, and purple is used as an accompanying color to green. Regardless, the combination feels sophisticated and tactile.
Purple + Gray
Oozing sophistication, smartness, and gorgeous efficiency, grey and purple never looked so put-together as on this Bernhardt swivel chair table. But recognizing grey as an ideal color that goes with purple is a no-brainer, really. With an industrial, utilitarian core, gray lays a solid foundation of color that’s begging to be dressed up with a proven color like purple. I love the smoothness of this piece combined with the practicality of its design.
Purple + Pink + Gray
Pink and purple go together implicitly and without question or need for explanation, at least for the majority of little girls in the world. They make a lovely almost ombre pairing in the design world, too, particularly when the combo can be stabilized with today’s neutral of choice, grey. The triple color combination is unassuming and simply pleasant, for younger and older spaces alike.
Purple + Olive Green
A cool shade of purple, with more blue/indigo undertones than red or yellow ones, will warm up beautifully when paired with a hue like olive green. As a cross between brown and green and even yellow, olive green is as earthy as it gets, which makes the unlikely duo a nice color pair. Of course, using some other darker neutrals (such as ebony and charcoal) help the combination feel balanced and grounded.
Purple + Mustard
As a color whose history is storied in royal lines, it might seem odd that it pairs so well with an “off” color like mustard. But the truth is, purple and yellow are complementary colors (living across from each other on the color wheel), which means they will always pair well.
Purple + Taupe
I know what you might be thinking: every color goes with taupe. This is true, because taupe is a neutral among neutrals. However, that doesn’t change the fact that, when paired with taupe, purple reigns like royalty. From grape juice purple to burgundy and all the purple shades in between, all of these hues work to brighten the taupe space they might find themselves in because taupe often has a hint of purple undertones in it anyway.
Purple + Pink + Red
Practically analogous colors, this color palette infuses a space with cohesive energy and femininity. In their bolder tones, the colors that go with purple are not only edgy, but they are also stimulating and vibrant. When the palette is given a softer tint, the colors veer toward sweetness that makes more sense with an abundance of natural light.