Decorating With the Color Purple

Decorating With the Color Purple

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Using the Color Purple

No, this doesn't have any thing to do with the very popular movie The Color Purple, starring Oprah Winfrey, but it does have everything to do with my favorite color and tips on how to decorate with it.

Purple is considered the color of royalty as often signified by the purple robe that Jesus Christ himself was covered with before crucifixion, the color of the coverings of the tabernacle, and the robes usually worn by the ruling monarchs of the bible.

Purple is also a great color to decorate with. Many have chosen to have a wedding with some shade of it in their wedding theme, and there have been not regrets. At least, not for me. Purple, lavender, and white was the theme of my wedding. And what is my husband's favorite color? You guessed right. So, I guess you can say we are in the company of royalty.

So, if it is such a great color, why are many people afraid of decorating with it? The reason for most is that it can be such an overpowering color when used in the home, especially when used as a wall color. True, but it's all about knowing how to blend your colors. So, let's see if I can convince you enough on decorating with the color purple.

Critiquing a Purple Decorated Room

I love purple, and I love decorating with it, but even I would not recommend painting your entire living room or bedroom wall in a sea of purple. So let's see if I can help you determine the best ways to use your favorite color in your decorating project without having regrets.

Let's start with this image above. There's a couple of things I would change if I were working on this bedroom project.

  • I would use a lighter shade, although for any one who loves purple (like me), any shade will do.
  • The choice of bedding blends right into the wall. I would use bedding that isn't a solid color but instead has purple accents. Preferably one with contrasting color, like lime green or gold, or one with a lighter shade of purple, something like lavender.
  • The wall decor, artwork, frames, side lamps would be of contrasting bold colors that blend well in the room.

Ways to Use Purple In Home Décor

When you're looking for a color that's spectacular, trendy and can be use in a range of shade, purple is that color. From violet to its lighter shades, lilac and lavender, these shades can give a jaw dropping effect when used in the right combinations. Here are a few ideas to follow:

  • You can use purple on your walls—yes, most people think it's overpowering, but it's doable. Less is more.
  • Paint your ceilings (very practical, depending on the shade you use).
  • You can use purple furniture, accent chairs, sofa.
  • You can use purple throw pillows—I do this all the time.
  • You can also use purple rugs—accent rugs or area rugs. They all look great when you choose your colors right.

Your Take On The Color Purple

Decorating Pointers

When decorating with the color purple, it's a common practice for people to just paint the walls. There's nothing wrong with that. What you don't want to do is to match everything in that room to the wall color, like the image above.

There's always that wow effect when you walk into a room and you instantly find yourself looking at several objects of focus. That's something you don't get in a one color room. So here are some decorating ideas:

  • Use a Mix of Colors - When decorating with any color, I have found that the magic comes in mixing. Don't just use one color, mix it up. Limit your colors to no more than three at the most. Although two colors are more preferable. Consider colors like lime green and pink in your mix as these colors do tend to blend well with purple.
  • Use Contrasting Colors - If you'll rather have a one color room, then consider using contrasting carpets/rugs, and decorate with furniture of a different, but complimentary color.
  • Use Different Shades of Purple - Sometimes using different shades of any color helps to broaden your decorating options. You can use the darker shade as your focus point and the lighter shades on most of the walls.

Try A Color Visualizer!

  • Paint Color Visualizer - Sherwin-Williams
    Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer allows you to discover coordinating paint colors and bring your color ideas to life. It is easier than you ever imagined.Go ahead, try it.

Visualize Your Paint Color

It's a rather bold step to choose to decorate with the color purple, especially when it comes to painting your entire wall with the color. The key is not to be afraid of experimenting with the differenct options. Sometimes it helps to get a visual sample of what your paint project may look like. There are several ways to do this:

  • Home Décor Magazines - You can scan through home improvement magazines that features paint projects. These sometimes will have exactly what you want or something similar.
  • Paint a Small Portion of Your Wall - Yes, sometimes painting a small portion of your wall can give you a vivid idea as to whether you'll like a particular paint for your project, or not.
  • Use a Color Matching Visualizer - If you're still not sure, use a Color Matching Visualizer. This program will let you visualize how the paint would look like on a computer generated home scene. You'll have the option to choose from living room to bedroom, even kitchen scenes.

Happy decorating!

dale on March 05, 2016:

where can I purchase the purple and green pillows in the purple chair?

thank you.

Laura Ross on November 30, 2015:

Love the color purple and all the colors that make it pop!! Great hub here on my favorite color.

PatK on March 21, 2015:

Thanks for getting back to me!

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 21, 2015:

@PatK - I honestly don't know. But, you can find similar pillows at Wayfair dot com.

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 21, 2015:

@PatK - I honestly don't know. But, you can find similar pillows at Wayfair dot com.

PatK on March 21, 2015:

Can you tell me where to purchase the two pillows on the purple chair on pinterest?

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on January 07, 2015:

I always get asked this question on my FB page. There are several furniture stores online that carry colorful accent chairs like the purple one above. I suggest you try Amazon and search those same criteria. You can also look at They carry a range of very similar and colorful chairs. For pillows, try Amazon and Thanks for the read and comment.

erica on January 06, 2015:

Where can I find the purple chair with the lime green and purple throw pillow?

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on June 12, 2013:

@Made - I too love purple, especially in home décor. It makes a great blend with lime green - like walking through a lavender field.

Thanks for stopping by, reading, commenting, and sharing. Well appreciated. :)

Madeleine Salin from Finland on June 12, 2013:

I love purple and will definitely use purple when we start decorating the house me and my husband are building. I have seen a picture of a beautiful purple bathroom on the Internet. I want it! This is a great hub. Voting and sharing.

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on February 19, 2013:

#Lady_E - Yes, purple sure is the color of royalty as Jesus Christ had on a purple robe and its been associated since with the monarchs.

Purple used to be my favorite, but I think the lime green tops now, followed by purple. I do love to decorate with both as they blend well together.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Elena from London, UK on February 19, 2013:

Very lovely. Purple is my second favourite colour. Christians call it the colour of Royalty - in the world it's also known as the colour of Prosperity and Abundance.

Thanks for showing how we can decorate with the photos.

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 30, 2012:

@nikkwikki - There sure is something magical about the color purple. Afterall, it's the color of royalty.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Nikki Wiks from Ireland on November 30, 2012:

Wow that's some great pics - I remember reading about the Phoenicians (who gave rise to the alphabet and loads of other things) used to love the colour purple - theres something magical about it alright - great hub :)

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 10, 2012:

You are welcome tattuwurn. I'm glad to have helped. Feel free to explore the rest of my home decorating tips here on hubpages. :)

tattuwurn on November 10, 2012:

I love purple, and I sub-consciously "inherited" this predilection from my sister. Now I notice I'm having purple shirts, sandals, my purse, my cellphone casing and even my toenails, painted purple. Hahahaha!

I'll absolutely love a purple room. Now I've picked some ideas from you and incorporate these to my room, which I have decided to do a little makeover on. Thank you. :)

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 08, 2012:

@Mama Kim 8 -Purple is a beautiful color. It does blend well with lime green. Thanks for your comment and vote.

Sasha Kim on October 07, 2012:

Great hub on using the color purple ^_^ I had a green and purple room during my teen years and loved it! I used a dark purple as an accent color. Voting this up and beautiful

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 03, 2012:

@MamaTschet - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Very well appreciated.

MamaTschet from Northern Colorado on September 02, 2012:

Purple is my favorite color and I have it in several rooms of my house! Got some new ideas here...thank you!!

Comfort Babatola (author) from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 30, 2012:

@teaches12345 - Indeed purple is a beautiful color, and especially when combined with the lime green decor. Thanks for your comments.

Dianna Mendez on July 24, 2012:

My granddaughter would absolutely love this room. Her favorite color is purple and that's what her bedroom theme carries. Nice photos and article on this decorating option.

Watch the video: Whoopi Goldberg on THE COLOR PURPLE (August 2022).