Decorating With the Color Purple
Using the Color Purple
No, this doesn't have any thing to do with the very popular movie The Color Purple, starring Oprah Winfrey, but it does have everything to do with my favorite color and tips on how to decorate with it.
Purple is considered the color of royalty as often signified by the purple robe that Jesus Christ himself was covered with before crucifixion, the color of the coverings of the tabernacle, and the robes usually worn by the ruling monarchs of the bible.
Purple is also a great color to decorate with. Many have chosen to have a wedding with some shade of it in their wedding theme, and there have been not regrets. At least, not for me. Purple, lavender, and white was the theme of my wedding. And what is my husband's favorite color? You guessed right. So, I guess you can say we are in the company of royalty.
So, if it is such a great color, why are many people afraid of decorating with it? The reason for most is that it can be such an overpowering color when used in the home, especially when used as a wall color. True, but it's all about knowing how to blend your colors. So, let's see if I can convince you enough on decorating with the color purple.
Critiquing a Purple Decorated Room
I love purple, and I love decorating with it, but even I would not recommend painting your entire living room or bedroom wall in a sea of purple. So let's see if I can help you determine the best ways to use your favorite color in your decorating project without having regrets.
Let's start with this image above. There's a couple of things I would change if I were working on this bedroom project.
- I would use a lighter shade, although for any one who loves purple (like me), any shade will do.
- The choice of bedding blends right into the wall. I would use bedding that isn't a solid color but instead has purple accents. Preferably one with contrasting color, like lime green or gold, or one with a lighter shade of purple, something like lavender.
- The wall decor, artwork, frames, side lamps would be of contrasting bold colors that blend well in the room.
Ways to Use Purple In Home Décor
When you're looking for a color that's spectacular, trendy and can be use in a range of shade, purple is that color. From violet to its lighter shades, lilac and lavender, these shades can give a jaw dropping effect when used in the right combinations. Here are a few ideas to follow:
- You can use purple on your walls—yes, most people think it's overpowering, but it's doable. Less is more.
- Paint your ceilings (very practical, depending on the shade you use).
- You can use purple furniture, accent chairs, sofa.
- You can use purple throw pillows—I do this all the time.
- You can also use purple rugs—accent rugs or area rugs. They all look great when you choose your colors right.
Your Take On The Color Purple
Which Would You Rather Do When Decorating With The Color Purple?
When decorating with the color purple, it's a common practice for people to just paint the walls. There's nothing wrong with that. What you don't want to do is to match everything in that room to the wall color, like the image above.
There's always that wow effect when you walk into a room and you instantly find yourself looking at several objects of focus. That's something you don't get in a one color room. So here are some decorating ideas:
- Use a Mix of Colors - When decorating with any color, I have found that the magic comes in mixing. Don't just use one color, mix it up. Limit your colors to no more than three at the most. Although two colors are more preferable. Consider colors like lime green and pink in your mix as these colors do tend to blend well with purple.
- Use Contrasting Colors - If you'll rather have a one color room, then consider using contrasting carpets/rugs, and decorate with furniture of a different, but complimentary color.
- Use Different Shades of Purple - Sometimes using different shades of any color helps to broaden your decorating options. You can use the darker shade as your focus point and the lighter shades on most of the walls.
Try A Color Visualizer!
- Paint Color Visualizer - Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer allows you to discover coordinating paint colors and bring your color ideas to life. It is easier than you ever imagined. Go ahead, try it.
Visualize Your Paint Color
It's a rather bold step to choose to decorate with the color purple, especially when it comes to painting your entire wall with the color. The key is not to be afraid of experimenting with the differenct options. Sometimes it helps to get a visual sample of what your paint project may look like. There are several ways to do this:
- Home Décor Magazines - You can scan through home improvement magazines that features paint projects. These sometimes will have exactly what you want or something similar.
- Paint a Small Portion of Your Wall - Yes, sometimes painting a small portion of your wall can give you a vivid idea as to whether you'll like a particular paint for your project, or not.
- Use a Color Matching Visualizer - If you're still not sure, use a Color Matching Visualizer. This program will let you visualize how the paint would look like on a computer generated home scene. You'll have the option to choose from living room to bedroom, even kitchen scenes.