Purple, being associated with fertility, joy and creativity, not to mention sexual potency and magic, is an ideal choice for bedrooms. It can be both uplifting and soothing at the same time and, depending you the shade of deep purple you choose, can be used to build on a contemporary or vintage decorative scheme. Adding grey accents injects sophistication into this vibrant colour scheme.
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Decorating with purple
Purple, being a combination of red and blue, is an ideal choice-for north-facing bedrooms that would be washed out by a blue colour scheme, because the red component adds warmth. To feel really cosy and cocooned in your purple bedroom, opt for a harmonious tonal scheme, in which you paint one wall dark purple, then, using the same colour, go one shade lighter with each remaining wall. You can do this by mixing the purple paint with increasing amounts of white paint for each wall. A grey carpet will make the room more calming and spacious and you can add interesting textures with woollen or sheepskin rugs, throws and silk scatter cushions. You can add additional accents with colours close to purple on the colour wheel, which include royal and navy blue, and aubergine. Alternatively, go for a more flamboyant look by introducing another accent colour from the opposite side of the colour wheel into the purple and grey mix. Clashing colours include pink, yellow and vibrant orange, but choose just one item, such as a vase, or decorative clock, to stop the contrasting colour claiming too much attention.
Grey, being a neutral colour, works well in a dark purple bedroom because it will harmonise with rather than try to compete with this dramatic colour and blends seamlessly with black and white, other neutral colours that add grown up sophistication to a purple palette. You could build on this by creating an art wall of framed black and white prints or photographs. Alternatively, choose a wallpaper with a combined purple and grey pattern – floral and abstract geometric patterns work best on feature walls – and cover just one wall with it. Build on the grey accent colour with accessories, like bedside lamps and throws, but make sure it doesn’t take up more than 10 per cent of your overall colour scheme or the room will look too crowded.
Lightening it up
Injecting generous splashes of white into your deep purple colour scheme creates a fresh, contemporary look that stops purple becoming too overpowering. Painted wooden furniture, crisp white bed linen, and white-painted ceilings and doors provide a striking contrast to deep purple walls and lift the overall colour scheme. Alternatively, accessorise a white bedstead with an opulent purple or grey silk bedspread in an abstract pattern and add floor-length white voile or muslin curtains to create a more dreamy, refined look. You can bring the scheme together by replacing brass handles on white-painted furniture and doors with purple, chrome or grey ones; add a designer touch by painting a chest of drawers white and painting one drawer in a vibrant purple or sophisticated grey shade. (see reference 5).
Purple is a versatile colour that can be at home with both opulent decadence and contemporary minimalism. Splash out on chandeliers, silver candlesticks and gold or silver-trimmed mirrors if you’re feeling opulent; throw in a hint of French boudoir decadence by covering a white-painted dresser pieces of old glass, completing the look with an gilded gold or silver mirror. Adding small raspberry and plum accents will give you a more contemporary look, while leaning towards the aubergine end of the colour spectrum works if you want a vintage look, which can be combined with antique wooden furniture and silver-grey accents. (see references 3 and 5).
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