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:
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.
Another 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!)
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.
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.
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.