While some people (myself included, up to today) think that violet and purple colours are the same, Wikipedia tells us the opposite. Briefly, the colour violet is a real colour, that has its own position in the spectrum of light, whereas purple is simply a mix of blue and red. Nevertheless, both of these similar colours can be successfully used in the design of the interior. In the following article, both violet and purple names will be used, but they will mean the overall shade.
How to Use Purple in Interior Design
From the earliest times, purple color was the color of the rich. It is luxurious, elegant and diverse. Violet and its shades can influence our mood in different ways. In the interior, violet means: wisdom, superiority, power, influence and inspiration. The color purple calms down and helps not to take troubles close to. It is proven, that purple helps with negative psychological conditions and physiological diseases.
Just like with any luxurious things, be careful not to go too far with this color. Like with gold, too much of purple in your room will make it look tawdry and tasteless. To correctly use it on your walls, choose light shades, such as lilac and light violet. If you’re more into darker shades of violet and purple and want to paint your room in them, limit yourself to one wall, while painting other into pale lilac, pale blue or pale pink.
An aristocratic look will be reached by combining any shade of purple with white. These two will look good in the living, dining and bedrooms. For a simpler interior in your living room, just mix warm shades of purple with a brownish tint of red and light pink. Like with any color, if you don’t want to risk with going over the top with violet, just add little purple accessories or just one purple sofa will do the job. A strict, yet warm and rich effect can be made by painting your walls into gold with a brown tint and using maroon furniture with purple accessories. You wouldn’t want to leave a room like that.
For kitchens, I wouldn’t recommend applying dark purple, since it somehow pressures you. Lighter and pale shades will work much better by giving the feeling of ease, just what is needed for a healthy meal.
Purple is not the color for boys, but girls love all shades of lilac. You can relax and not be afraid of applying too much of it. Another great thing about lilac is that it is suitable for girls of all ages.
Bathrooms are probably the only rooms where any shade of purple and violet can be either used separately or mixed. Dark shades look just as good as light ones, so it is only a matter of taste. Mix your purple with blue and pink and you’ll feel like a sheik taking a bath in one of your castles.
Keep in mind, that if you are planning to use only two colors in the design of your room, make sure that all your accessories differ in their shades, for example a dark purple rug, but light violet curtains.
Here are some nice combinations for you to use:
– purple with pale blue, pale indigo and pale pink
– combination with red, orange and soft yellow
– mix of purple with brown, green and white