Decorating ideas for a purple bedroom

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Decorating ideas for a purple bedroom
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The colour purple, once reserved for royalty, is now a versatile, favoured colour for interior design. Whether you like pale lilac, reddish purple or even eggplant purple-black, decorating your bedroom with your favourite shade of purple adds visual richness and may even make you feel like a king or queen.

Wall Stencil

Follow the example of a room shown in the article "Purple! Violet! Plum! Aubergine!" on the Apartment Therapy website, and festoon purple walls with an elaborate stencil in a repeating pattern. While the article shows pink designs on a royal purple wall, you can choose any colour. White, silver, gold and yellow all make for bold contrast, while burgundy, black or brown blends in well with a darker shade of purple for a subtle effect. Stencil a fleur-de-lis or heraldry-inspired "lion rampant" design on the walls if you wish to reinforce the "royalty" association. Other ideas for stencil designs are hibiscus flowers and simple geometric designs.

Purple Bed

Spice up the bedroom with a lush velveteen purple bedspread and pillowcases. Bright purple works well for a teen bedroom, particularly when paired with animal print accessories. Those with more restrained tastes may opt for deep plum-purple sheets layered with a muted pinstripe bedspread.

Contrasting Color

Combine purple with a cheery contrasting colour--or a cool, mellow accent colour--for a dual-colour decorating scheme that is easy to implement. Colour possibilities include red, yellow, silver, grey and black. The mood created can range from silly to sophisticated, depending upon the colours you use and the accessories you add. The article "Master Bedroom: Bright Idea" on the Good Housekeeping website advises pairing two bright colours "to give your room a unique spark and charm" and suggests adding bedding in the contrasting colour. Accessories you might pick in a contrasting colour include curtains, area rugs, lamps, furniture and wall art.

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