The use of purple in interior design is a trend that’s not so trendy. Artists have always taken their cue from nature and made plentiful use of this shade that lies on the fringe of the color spectrum, and always glows against the colors around it.
Ether cool or warm, depending on the proportion of blue to red to grey, purple can be bent and stretched to evoke excitement or restfulness. passion, or serenity.
If such a warm dark purple is too deep of a commitment for you, there are other ways to get purple into your life. A soft greyed down purple is a very peaceful and sophisticated backdrop for a bedroom or living room
Part of the calming effect comes from the use of colors that are close to purple on the color wheel, such as the aqua, and other cool tones, black and white.
Perhaps this designer was emulating Richard Diebenkorn’s use of lavender. He, no doubt took his cue from the beauty of the California landscape, where he spent much of career .
Purple is great for blending with…PURPLE! This designer has no hang ups about “matching” hues. Remember, colors don’t need to match. In nature, they never do. This is especialy true of purple. Purple, plum, lavender, violet, they all look great together. Here’s great example of that principle. Gorgeous, isn’t it!
Purple is such a potent color, that even a small amount in a neutral setting can make all the difference, If you have neutral room that needs to be juiced up, I highly recommend a dash of purple .
Both of these rooms would be pretty enough, but not nearly as interesting as they are with their touches of purple. If a chair is too much for you, try several pillows. Remember, it’s OK to mix purples, so don’t be afraid!
Pierre Bonnard uses a touch of purple combined with warm earthy tones. Although the value of the lavenders and purples are close to the values of the surrounding colors, the cool addition serves up lots of contrast in the warm setting.
Nature’s favorite use of purple is to combine it with green. Dusky, woodsy, aubergines, grapes, mosses and olives. Duralee does a great job with this purple range in their new Marakesh Collection.
The painting below by Bonnard evokes all of the beauty and mystery of the deep woods, featuring a range of purples to contrast the greens, from bright lime to darkest green of the forest.