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Decorating in Purple

Learn how to use purple when decorating a room. With variations ranging from lavender to plum, purple can create a variety of looks and work in plenty of different color schemes.

Fri, 2 Nov 2012|

A monochromatic color scheme consists of varying shades one hue. Using monochromatic colors is a simple, yet effective way to decorate and create a soothing space. The color wheel demonstrates this relationship. All of these colors are purple but they vary in intensity. Imagine a strip of pink colors and have the shades vary on one strip. These colors are monochromatic, meaning the colors on the strip have the same base color value while the lighter colors include more white pigment. Let's look at how a monochromatic color scheme works in a room decorated in purple. A one color scheme room is far from boring when you use a range of intensities. In this room, the lavender wall color create a base, while the coordinating sofa and ottoman feature a darker purple with the same color value to ensure everything blends harmoniously. To keep a monochromatic palette interesting, introduce textures and patterns. In this space, a glossy purple lamp mixes with embroidered, tufted and patterned pillows in a variety of hues. Patterns give the eye a break from a solid room of purple and energize the space. Create more places for the eye to rest by introducing a neutral color. Ivory curtains with purple star bursts dress the windows but keep the room feeling airy, as does the paint and beaded board, and accent chair and rug and purple in ivory, tie everything in the room together. With plenty of texture pattern and variation of color intensities, from the palest of lavenders to the richest of clams, this monochromatic scheme place out vividly and vivaciously. All are relying on a single color.