Get Your Color On! Purple

Welcome to the latest edition of Get Your Color On!, my series that includes tips and examples in which you can decorate with a specific color. This month, I am featuring my product picks and other bloggers' examples/projects with a color not commonly used in decor: purple. purple radiant orchid lavender lilac violet fuchsia plum aubergine decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The Decor Guru

Purple is one of those colors that has a wide range of shades, each one eliciting a different energy. Generally, purple symbolizes royalty and mystery. It is not a color found often in nature, so it is also considered to be an exotic hue which makes it perfect for global, eccentric decor.

Pale shades of purple like lilac and lavender tend to be used to create a soft ambiance in a room. On the other end of the purple scale, deep shades like royal purple, aubergine and plum help to establish a cozy yet unique energy in a room.

If you dig purple but aren’t keen with it being the main color in your room, check out my decor picks to add dashes and pops of this color:

home decor accessories fabric cookware dinnerware art purple radiant orchid lavender lilac violet fuchsia plum aubergine decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The Decor Guru

Where to buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Jessica from Bramble Workshop shows you how to make an amethyst framed mirror with a simple tutorial here. I love that this project can add a touch of glam to a room without overdoing it.

If you like the amethyst look but would like to save some money, check out the faux crystals that Maegan from Love Maegan created. Her faux crystals would look great as a single decoration or as a group display.

DIY Faux Crystals by Love Maegan amethyst decor nail polish gold paint rocks purple decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The DIY HomegirlAnother clever repurposing project is to add a purple accessory to your space by dyeing wood with Kool-Aid like Laura from Pet Scribbles did. Her method is a cool way to achieve color yet allow the grain of the wood to show through. (And it’s cheaper than paint!)

DIY dyed unfinished wood decor Kool Aid Pet Scribbles jewelry box grape purple lavender decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The DIY Homegirl

Radiant Orchid was named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 and this shade of purple is perfect for adding vibrancy to a room. Check out the tray that Bethany at Dwellings by Devore made over in Radiant Orchid. She gets bonus points for successfully pairing the tray with gold accessories!

Another way to infuse your home with purple is to let nature inspire you. Jennifer from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink created this lovely lilac floral arrangement with a mason jar, seashells, and raffia. Her tutorial even includes a recipe to help fresh-cut flowers last longer.

DIY floral arrangement mason jar raffia seashells Thimbles Bobbins Paper Ink purple lilac decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The DIY Homegirl
If you desire a bit more purple in your home, consider adding furniture. These picks are great for infusing your room with a sizable amount of this color:

curtains furniture tables chairs bedding rug purple radiant orchid decor decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The Decor Guru

Where to buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Of course, you don’t have to buy a piece of purple furniture when you can make over a piece with paint. Danielle from Making it With Danielle created this snazzy cube table with a warm shade of purple and shows you how easy it was to do.

DIY furniture purple gold nailhead trim cube table Ikea Lack by Making It With Danielle decorating tips ideas tutorials inspiration Get Your Color On! by The DIY Homegirl

Check out this wicker peacock chair that Amanda from Recycled Consign & Design made over. The chair looked pretty gnarly before she worked her magic and reincarnated this vintage piece with a modern shade of fuchsia.

If you’re passionate about purple, go for it by painting a room with your preferred shade. You can start with a smaller area like Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick did in painting her closet this chic shade of lavender

… or go all out by painting a larger space in a bold shade like royal purple that Erin from The Blue Eyed Dove did with her dining room and kitchen. I love that she made these rooms so unique by painting them this color.

Decorating your room with multiple shades of purple is a great way to layer the color and create visual interest. This look is especially impressive when the different shades vary in intensity, like this bedroom.

If you wish to decorate a room with a combination of purple and another color, you can’t go wrong by using an analogous color like blue. Check out this living room with a seamless combination of teal and purple.

Purple, red, and orange are also part of an analogous color scheme and look great in rich, global decor like with this bedroom.

Green and purple is another stunning pair as these colors appear together in nature. This kitchen effortlessly combines a peppy apple green with soft shades of violet.

What do you think about using purple in your home? How does purple make you feel? How do you like to decorate with purple?
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11 Comments on Get Your Color On! Purple

  1. Thanks for sharing my table! What a great roundup!

  2. Thanks for sharing my dining room and kitchen! I obviously love purple, and enjoyed seeing some other projects that used the color too!

  3. Some wonderful ideas on here! Thank you for sharing these. :)

  4. What a great collection… Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking about adding purple to my bedroom. Great inspiration:)

  5. Wow, all these purple pictures are great!
    I’m a huge purple fan and I especially like the purple accent wall in the kitchen.
    Thanks for putting this together.
    I have little touches of purple in my kitchen to go with my blue and ivory curtain.

  6. Carrie From Carrie This Home // 06/28/2014 at 9:18 AM // Reply

    I never really thought of using purple as a color for the home but this is making me change my mind!

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