How to decorate a bedroom with a dark plum colour

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How to decorate a bedroom with a dark plum colour
Add dark plum to your bedroom for a romantic feel. (Getty creative)

Dark plum is a deep purple with reddish undertones. Plum works in a variety of bedroom settings, whether you're creating a princess-themed little girl's bedroom, a vibrant bedroom for a teen, a luxurious spare bedroom or a romantic master bedroom. Pair the plum with lighter shades, such as cream, grey or champagne, to soften the room and prevent it from creating a dark, dungeon-like space. Textures and patterns can also help dress the room up -- or down.

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  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Textiles
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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    Paint the walls dark plum, or only paint a single wall plum as an accent wall. Alternatively, paint the lower portion of the walls plum with a chair rail and the top portion a light neutral, such as cream or grey. Mix a patterned wallpaper into the mix above plum paint if you prefer patterns on the walls, such as a gold and cream damask print.

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    Place your bedroom furniture in the room so it stands out against the walls. Use white furniture against dark plum walls, or use plum or black furniture against light-coloured walls. For example, a velvet-covered plum headboard will "pop" against white, cream or grey walls.

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    Add texture to your bedroom with your textiles. Satin plum sheets stand out against a white duvet and complement plum walls in a romantic bedroom. Hang satin white or grey panels over the windows to tie it together. A velvet plum and grey comforter can work in a luxurious bedroom with heavy velvet drapes and light grey walls. Use a plum comforter with grey and white circles for a modern teen bedroom.

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    Hang photographs, artwork, framed posters, sconces or wall sculptures on the walls. For example, frame pressed white flowers in a clear picture frame or against a plum mat to hang on white or light walls. Black-and-white photographs in black frames stand out against plum walls. Wrought-iron wall sculptures or candle sconces add a soft and romantic or modern touch to the room.

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    Accessorise the room with dark plum items if most of the room is decorated with lighter colours, such as throw pillows, a rug, lamps, candles, flowers, vases or a clock. Use lighter colours if there's already a lot of dark plum in the room. Introduce patterns through your accessories if you don't want to commit to a pattern elsewhere, such as stripes, polka dots, floral patterns, damask, toile or geometric shapes.

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