Thursday, May 30, 2013

Color Wheel: Purple

Most people have heard that purple signifies power or royalty.  Why is that? Well, in ancient times purple dye was incredibly hard to come by and was painstakingly extracted from mollusks.  Making is as expensive as it was rare.  Deep purples still hark back to luxury with it's vibrant and dramatic tones.  A purple piece can add drama to any room and create a unique focal point.  To make your shade of purple really stand out, try pairing it with a complimentary color.  Yellow/Gold, or green look great paired with purples.  Light purples, like lilac or lavender, give off a much different feel.  Instead of being a powerful centerpiece they're soft and calming.   

“Purple is divine as an accent or as a wall color,” says New York designer Alex Papachristidis. “I think of purple as a neutral—it looks wonderful with mossy green, a bit of yellow, red, and aqua blue. Purple is rich and lush, and has an incredibly regal quality."

Check out Real Simple's Guide to Decorating with Purple here.

There's more to purple than just power, let this inspiring hue jump start your creative side! Here's more meaning behind the color purple:
"Violet is a combination of blue and red. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration."

Here are some purple items we love.  A deep romantic purple can be great for candles, lamps, or bedding.  While lighter a light purple is fun on accessories and appliances.  

Purple - Interior Styling

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