Shop by Color: Purple Furniture
Purple adds that spark of imagination to any room it’s added to. You’ll find your artistic endeavors come to life soon after adding the color purple to your home’s color scheme. Enjoy luxurious, purple furniture pieces day in, day out inside. More
Christopher Knight Home Coronado Outdoor Water Resistant Square Throw Pillows
Purple Passion: Decorating with Purple
Purple can be traced back to the ancient Mediterranean, where the deep violet dye was extracted from the murex sea mussel. This expensive process produced one of the only colorfast dyes of the time, making purple a status limited to the wealthy. The Roman Emperor wore the color to symbolize the god Jupiter, and some shades of purple were strictly reserved for the Imperial family and officials. Unauthorized use or possession actually resulted in severe punishment.
Purple Color Pairs
This color is as prominent in nature as it has been in history, and nature is a good source of inspiration when designing with the dramatic color. Brilliant violet pairs with the palest of aster yellows, and vibrant pink and purple reveal the prickly green and brown leaves of an artichoke flower. Sage combines dusty purple and green, while white and shocking yellow contrast with an iris’s deep purple. Cut open a purple cabbage to see the velvety swirls mixed with white, and do the same with eggplant to admire the contrast between its deep, almost black skin and off-white interior. All of these are clues for using purple in your home, what to mix them with, and in what proportions.
Despite its regal heritage and mystical connotations, purple maintains a whimsical character. Because purple is a combination of blue and red, it can work as either a warm or cool color. Violet and plum hues (with higher concentrations of red) can help warm a cool blue design, while indigo’s higher concentration of blue provides cool visual relief in a warm orange interior. Paired with its complement, yellow, purple provides a dramatic but balanced interior. Combining various shades of orchid and lilac with deep plum accents can create a tranquil space with undertones of romance and mystique befitting a bedroom. On its own, pure purple lends itself to strong lines and authoritative designs.
With a pedigree like that, it’s no wonder that purple — especially in home decor — can be as dynamic and versatile as all its meanings.