Right now I’m in the process of giving my bedroom a little makeover. Currently, it has a primary color palette of red, blue, and yellow with a bit of a country feel. Over the past year my tastes have changed and grown, so it’s time for something different. I plan to make the space a bit more modern, move some furniture around, and switch up the color scheme.
You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with purple. Well, the plan for the new space focuses on jewel tones – rich magenta, deep purple, emerald green, and so on. I’m picturing a very clean, crisp space with pops of these deep saturated colors. As a result, my eyes have been drawn to these colors a lot lately.
I especially love this kitchen and the punch of purple on the accent wall. It really brings the space alive and demands attention. It’s fun to infuse color in a space, and this is such a fabulous way to do it. I also love how the other colors in the accessories work with the wall color.
Inspired by this kitchen space and my new bedroom, I thought I’d browse in some of my favorite stores and find pieces that would bring a pop of purple into your space. Once, I complete my little bedroom makeover, I’ll be back to share a few more ideas for working purple and other jewel tones into your decor.
As always, happy decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Let’s talk color of the year, shall we? Every year color giant Pantone selects one magical color as the ‘it’ color. Then suddenly this color seems to permeate every ounce of your visual experience in the market place. This year Radiant Orchid has been knighted by Pantone as the color of 2014.
Moment of truth? Purple can be quite polarizing. This is a love it or leave color. I don’t think anyone has an indifferent attitude when it comes to purple. I happen to be generally in the “leave it” camp. However, this is where the fun comes in. Although I am a strong believer that announcements like this are to be taken as suggestions and not mandates (which is my feeling on trends in general, but that is a discussion for another day), it is an opportunity to explore new fresh ideas about color palettes. After all, color is meant to be fun! Let’s play with some ways you can incorporate purple of all shades into your space.
1. Ease In
Experiment with a new color in your space just as you would on your person – in small doses. Just as you might test the waters of a new color with a shoe, belt or scarf, the same goes for your space. Put your toe in with a throw pillow, table runner or vase. Think about things that are easily interchangeable (and returnable) so your feel free to experiment with purples.
2. Frame It Up
Give purple a test drive in your space with art. You can find some really great, inexpensive art prints on Etsy, and sites like Joss and Main and One King’s Lane. Replace one or two pieces in a gallery wall for a little purple pop or frame up pieces of pretty wallpaper or decorative paper.
3. New Neutral
Radiant orchid is quite bold (which is never a problem in my book). I think what is actually going to play out in the market will be softer, like the purples that were all over the runways for Spring. I am drawn to using this color as inspiration to expand our perception of what is neutral. This variation of a sophisticated hint of purple is an excellent foundation for a wonderfully layered neutral space. This is a great option, as it works with either tan or gray – or better yet, with both! Bonus: The calming effect purple typically creates in a space.
4. Fits Right In
If we stay on the track of this calmer, more sophisticated version of purple, this will fit right into all those current looks we are loving right now. Mix soft purple accents right in with all the gold and soft pinks I know you love. Purple agate coasters will fit right in on your bar cart!
5. Modern Pairings
Playing with a color outside of your comfort zone can be challenging. Think outside the expected and pull the color into your personal color sensibility. You don’t have to keep it purple and green or purple and pink to create a look that works. This palette works in purple, while staying modern.
One color that doesn’t get the credit it deserves is plum. It can feel like a intimidating color to use in a space. Because it is a vibrant hue, it needs to be paired with neutral tones. When pairing it with neutral tones, it has an easier time showcasing itself. You don’t want to have an over abundance of plum in your space. It’s better to introduce it in small portions. If you choose to use it in a large piece of furniture, don’t introduce it in much more unless it’s a vase or throw pillow. Using a plum wallpaper would be a striking addition to your space and would be a better choice than painting an entire wall plum. The pattern in the wallpaper will break up this color choice and allow it to not feel so overwhelming. Inspired by the outfit below, here’s the look:
Color Inspiration: Dress.
A hue like Grandeur Plum should be used sparingly. Try it one large piece, in wallpaper, accent wood furniture and small accessories.
Below is a beautiful living space incorporating plum. What are your thoughts? Would you decorate using plum?
TREND: Deep, Rich Colors
I’m not sure if I should blame it on the season, but lately I have been totally obsessed with purple. During the fall, deep purples are a natural color choice for decorating. Inspired by the fall leaves and ripe grapes, this beautifully rich color provides a regal flair to any space. I even created a few seasonal centerpiece ideas around the color for my own table.
Purple is also a great color if you’re looking to add a touch of glitz and glam to your space. Take this photo for example. I just love how this bold purple rug ties in so nicely with an ornate gold framed mirror. Throw in a splash of turquoise and a little greenery, and it’s a winning combination!
Inspired by my new fondness for purple, I put together a few of my favorite pieces to help you add a rich and regal look to your space. Whether you want to dive in with an area rug or just test the waters with a few accessories for your office, I’m certain you will love what this color can do for your home. Let us know in the comments if you’re loving this deep rich color as much as we are.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm