In all societies throughout the world, purple is generally revered as having deep and numerous meanings. It’s associated with royalty, creativity, mystery, rarity and extravagance, among other things. It’s sometimes considered spiritual and grounding too. If you want to decorate a room that has a definite vibe and impactful energy, comprise several variations of purple. How they feel is entirely up to which ones you choose, and how you combine them.
To create our example pallet, we took inspiration from this photo of wood planks stained with various violet tones. We absolutely love the emphasis on red-violet hues, which feel warm, inviting and a tad feminine. How to pull it off, you ask? The most important factor is the division between three light colors and three dark colors, with an emphasis on the light colors. Although your eye may first be drawn to the plum and blue-violet, they only account for 1/3 of the overall scheme. Another 1/6 is true purple. But, the majority of the color scheme is attributable to the light violet and light orchid, with a few slivers of light silver-grey wood peeking through.
The job of the lighter tints is to take the tension out of the darker colors. Vivid hues can sometimes feel as if there’s no rest, kind of like being at a carnival! It’s fun and exciting, but after awhile the enthusiasm turns to fatigue. Purple can be overwhelming in the same way, so including softer tones is critical. Further,
we suggest incorporating more of the silver grey than what is found in our inspiration photo of wood planks. It provides a place for the eye to rest. Use just a little if you want to take the edge off. If you want to add sophistication and a modern aesthetic be more liberal with the use of it, and incorporate silver and nickel hardware into the room. Whether you’re creating the ultimate comfort zone, or setting a royal and refined tone, a combination of five purples and a silver grey will serve your purposes perfectly. Before you get started, tell us, what’s the word or vibe that come to mind for you when you think of purple?