3 How-To Tips For Decorating With Purple


Interior Designer Steven Gambrels Home In Sag Harbor

Purple was always associated with great wealth in ancient times, but it is such an intimating color for most people that many people shy away from it because they simply don’t know how to execute the color to achieve a “grown-up” look in their homes.

Elle Decor featured a purple based room on their April 2009 cover that alluded to the richness of decorating around the color purple. The color purple is very very lush, unexpected and rather sophisticated. Purple also sits in the cooler color tones that if presented well can give your home that feeling of peace and serenity much like the color blue does. Below we show you a couple tips that can give you a dignified and elegant look when decorating with the color purple.

1.  Architectural Elements

On the cover of Elle, the moldings set the tone for an upscale appeal.  Can you imagine this same room with plain walls? The purple in this photograph gives the feeling that the the home is established, polished and refined.  The paneled walls really push forth the theme of luxury.  A wall paneled in wood gives the elegance of craftsmanship even pointing to period feel to a room.  In this room the wood framed wall gives a contemporary touch, adding an architectural element to the over all design.  Selecting wall panels can be one of the best decisions when it comes to improving a homes interior.  The overall height, layout, and finishing all come into consideration when choosing the look that would best appeal to you.  Whether it is a vibrant wood to be displayed for its natural beauty, or a stylized panel which is painted; budget and availability will determine the best method for the project.   Adding wall moldings will heighten the feeling of luxury in your home giving you the prestigious feeling of refined taste.

2.  FINDING High Quality Furniture

Locating high quality furnishings can make your design look HIGH END no matter how minimal your accessories may be.

The best investment in your home is a beautiful sofa. Save your hard earned cash for a nice sofa which sets the OVERALL stage for the room.  Side chairs can come and go, and are easy to locate, finding a high quality sofa is very hard to find, and can really transform a room.

Consider investing in a fabric is plain, which means that over the years if you decide to change the look for the summer, and go more formal in the winter, all you have to do is exchange out the throw pillows.

Putting your money into quality furniture will push your overall look into something common into something rare and well designed.

Purple velvet can be nice in a home decorated around the English Regency styles.  The look also works nicely in a home decorated around the colonial decor.  Velvet also is thicker making it durable through the years of wear.

3.  Locating the Right Color Hues To Coordinate With Purple. 

– Consider pairing purple with lighter hues of purple.  Take the Elle cover for example………  The designers paired the color of the sofa with the paint shade on the wall.  This can be a very simple way of keeping the overall colors in the room minimal and not overly obtuse.  This is a designers secret.  Take a look at Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New York aparment.  He combined gingham wallpaper, and coordinated the drapes to match the wall covering.  This can present a very uniformed look giving you the opportunity to focus on something extravagant in the room, because everything else matches.  When you can combine elements from the wall onto upholstery, it can be a very striking design.

– Black, Gold, Silver and White all work as neutrals in any room.  So when working with the color purple, know that all these colors will work with your design.  Adding in elements such as white and gold picture frames and black or cream furniture is the easiest decision of the whole design.  Then you can add in a punchy oil painting in series of greens and pinks to add an extra punch of color.  Overall your basics will be either purple and lavender, or purple and gray, or purple and taupe as lovely base colors.  Decide on the color tone and the rest is simple.

– Always add a couple solid unpainted pieces into the mix.  The rich warm colors of the wood, will contrast against the cool tones of purple.

A dark espresso or chocolate and an eggplant gilded french chair can give a rich, regal look. Or go with a taupe and lavender combination for a subdued and sophisticated look.  Choose a shade pairing that reflects your personality, decor or overall home color scheme. If you’re on a budget, work a few brown and purple pieces into a neutral color scheme to make a big impact with little money.  Adding in punches of orange, pink or even green into wall paintings or throw pillows can really punch up the room.


Colonial Decor Ideas- Sag Harbor House by Steven Gambrel


Colonial Decor Ideas- Sag Harbor House by Steven Gambrel

Benjamin Moore's " VINTAGE WINE

Benjamin Moore’sVintage Wine Paint Color


Elle Decor April 2009 Cover

Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy's living room in their Brussels townhouse

Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy’s living room in their Brussels

Pillows in many shades of purple, red and white add
variety. The reds and browns provide warmth and the white mirror frame
and ceiling provide a refreshing contrast. Image courtesy Elle Decor.

Brussels  Townhouse

Brussels  Townhouse

Simon Upton for Elle Decor, May 2011

Architectural digest, Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber designed this library for Jenny and Trey Laird’s house
near Gracie mansion that was built by the Astors. The grey decorative
rug supports a purple upholstered chair and purple book cases. The brown
chair and yellow and black tiger print on the ottoman balance the cool
purples. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Architectural digest, Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber designed Jenny and Trey Laird’s New York living room on
a warm beige abaca rug on which he placed furniture and accessories in
purple, yellow, blue, green and dark brown. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Jamie Drake's New York City Apartment

A Modern Take on Pink and Lilac

Jamie Drake’s New York City Apartment- Architectural Digest

Modern Violet And Pink Kitchen By Cucine Lube

Modern Violet And Pink Kitchen By Cucine Lube

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