Decorating With Purple

Written by Serena Berger
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Decorating with purple is an exciting option for anyone with an affinity for this wonderful color. If you love purple but are a little bit conservative in your design scheme, lavender and plum are probably the easiest purples to use. If you're going to go with a more vibrant purple like violet, royal purple, or magenta, you'll probably want to consider using it in accent pieces--focal accent pieces, if you like, but still in slightly smaller quantities than you'll get in a matching sofa, loveseat, chair, curtains and carpet.

Sophisticated Decorating with Purple

Plum is often worked into beautiful patterns with cream, dark greens, or gray-blues. Patterns vary from the totally abstract to pretty florals and vines, and can be quite subtle if you want to use the pattern widely in your furniture, curtains, or carpets. Something about this color scheme seems to be many people's idea of a good bedroom set, and you can find sophisticated but airy chiffon drapes as well as comforters, curtains, and canopies that look wonderful paired with elegant wooden furniture.

Lavender is another color that makes decorating with purple easy. Paler lavenders even make a great color for walls--either as a painted solid color, or in wallpaper prints. If you use lavender and cream liberally in your color scheme, you still have a number of options for darker accent pieces, including darker purples. You'll also have no trouble finding all the accessories you need like lamp shades, table runners, throw rugs, and pillows.

Decorating with purple is especially easy in children's rooms. An overwhelming number of children love purple (around 75 percent say it's their favorite color), and children's rooms often use bright colors that you might shy away from in the rest of your house. Anything from fun artwork, picture frames, and lamps to a fluffy purple comforter and pillows can be welcome in a child's room--and if you believe in color theory, that will be inspirational for your child and encourage his or her creativity, as well.


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