The deep and rich shades that inhabit the area between crimson and violet have many names but, bundled together, they are most commonly referred to as purple. In ancient times the Phoenicians alone new the secret of dying fabrics purple and kept the secret for centuries.
If you wanted their deep shade of purple, known as Tyrian, you had to trade with them. Purple was, therefore, strongly associated with high value and status. It became the chosen hue for Roman emperors’ togas. Nowadays, purple still retains an association with plush furnishings and even opulence.
After that, mid toned purples seemed to be used everywhere, from upholstery to wall coverings. However, being a darker tone, purple is less fashionable in contemporary homes. Nonetheless, it can be applied well in living spaces, so long as you use it thoughtfully.
The Coordinated Look
Purples come in a range of tones but they all work well with one another in an interior design. For a living room, this can help you achieve a coordinated look without too much need for color swatches and experimentation. For a living room that has purple walls, drapes and floor coverings, use plenty of whites to highlight the room.
This will stop it from becoming too dark which can lead to an oppressive feel. Pick a wall or a wall feature, such as a chimney breast, to create an accent, with patterned wallpaper that creates contrast against painted purple walls. Use darker purple tones for your carpet or rugs and lighter ones for your soft furnishings upholstery. Purple can create a glamorous, and sometimes feminine, look. Add a touch of sliver sparkle to create an even approach.
Twin Purple Hearts
Getting a fully purple living room right is quite tricky, but using it more sparingly is much easier. Choose only two features in your room for the purple treatment and the rest of the room’s design will often fall into place. For instance, try a purple chandelier set against a matching twin seater sofa in an otherwise plain design.
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