Purple Lighting

Written by Serena Berger
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Purple lighting can be really subtle and flattering in many rooms. Anyone who's ever planned a romantic dinner or worked in the theater knows that pink lighting is widely considered the most flattering and forgiving light (and blue and green will make you look washed out and sickly), so a pink or red based purple is the way to go if you want to use a colored light bulb. You can find all different sizes of colored light bulbs, from gentle night lights to bulbs that fit any standard lamp socket.

Fun with Flattering Purple Lighting

You can also use a lampshade to give the effect of purple lighting, and that gives you a broader range of design options. A normal light bulb under a beautiful and vibrant violet lampshade will cast a purple hue throughout the room when the light is on. You'll still be able to enjoy your favorite color during the daylight hours, too.

Hanging light fixtures are also a great way to incorporate purple into your décor. You could hang a small light above your kitchen table, perhaps with a purple Japanese lantern shade. Hand blown glass pendant lamps are beautiful, and you can showcase them in a hallway, or in a sparsely furnished corner of your bedroom or living room. You should be able to find them in many of the glorious shades of purple.

Many college kids especially like black light in their rooms, which for all intents and purposes looks like purple lighting. And if you're in college (or elsewhere) and going for a funky, laid-back retro feel, you absolutely must have a lava lamp. If you like purple, you should be able to find anything from your basic old school lava lamp to a psychedelic combination of purple, pink, and orange, to a fun lamp with glitter instead of the "lava" balls in purple liquid.

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