We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come. – Leatrice Eiseman (ED of the Pantone Color Institute)
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Well it’s official – shades of purple will be popping up in all aspects of fashion and design this year!
So while I do love this color and am currently obsessed with eggplant-colored clothes, I have to admit, it’s definitely a harder color to decorate with. The problem is that you don’t often see very many purple accessories, and any kind of purple or eggplant colored furniture is often best used as a statement piece. They’re rich tones, it’s hard not to use them in that way.
Some people try the whole tone on tone strategy, which is layering up different shades of a color in a room. It can look absolutely gorgeous, but it’ll be difficult for those of us who have already designed our spaces with a specific color scheme in mind.
However, it’s not an impossible task to accessorize with purple, and especially in this region. Have you ever noticed how many times it pops up in furniture stores here? I have seen so many purple walls, candles, couches, beds, candleholders, glass items, etc., over the years in Saudi.
And it’s actually quite possible to use those purple items with different color schemes, but it just depends on the shades and undertones that you’re working with. I’ve often used small purple accents in my home because it works so well with blues and greens.
So since I’m always interested in figuring out how to work with various colors, I thought I’d put together a list of 20 super cute pops of purple that one could incorporate into an already lived-in home. Just remember though that if you’re not creating a totally purple room, make sure to work within a set color palette of a few colors.
1. Cascade Mist, Minted | 2. Lavender bunch, West Elm | 3. Velvet Tillie Armchair (eggplant), Anthropologie | 4. Vintage Native American Weaving (purple and pink textile), Etsy | 5. Oblong Opalescent Vases, West Elm | 6. Otomi Print Lavender & White Throw Pillow Covers, Etsy (ON SALE) | 7. mineral 03 (sunset), Minted | 8. Faded coarse cotton cushion cover, Zara Home | 9. Eccentric Leaves (purple), Minted | 10. Lula Art Print, Minted | 11. Open Knit Blanket, Zara Home | 12. Suzani – ABS0929, Abbas Carpets | 13. Geode Agate Bookends, Amazon | 14. Purple agate coasters, Etsy | 15. Marled blanket, H&M Home | 16. Leli Pillow, Lulu & Georgia | 17. Colorfield Rug – Wine, West Elm | 18. Faux Hydrangea stem, The ONE, (I have these flowers and they look fabulous!) | 19. Dione armchair purple, The ONE | 20. Bunglo Nador Pillow, Anthropologie
So since I feel like this color is a little bit of a struggle to work with, I’m going to start off 2018 by writing a couple of posts to help you understand how to use it!
Stay tuned for next week’s TDS Styles post where I show you how to use purple accessories in a tone on tone space and in spaces with other color schemes.
Have an awesome week!