I don’t often hear many people describing purple as their most favorite color. Perhaps the idea of using this hue, in an interior space, is of concern due to the intensity. The concept might be overkill for some. When I mention softer versions, such as lavender, lilac, or periwinkle, I can almost instantly feel a wave of relief in discussions about this color palette.
Unless you are a preteen girl, or a huge Prince fan, the varying shades of purple should be used sparingly, in order to maintain a peaceful or sophisticated atmosphere. Using a tint or grayed down version can also “keep the peace” within this color family.
What beautiful shading in this violet specimen. Photography by Matt Jones
Shades of lavender and lilac are often used in healing or meditation rooms. They are part of the purple spectrum which promotes good judgment, spiritual fulfillment and energy flow. Too much of a good thing can also create a “higher vibration”, which, according to Feng Shui experts, may create irritability and discourse.
Lee Jofa – Fioretti – Plum – A most “mystical” fabric pattern.
We often think of purple as being the color of royalty. Children tend to favor the different variations, as well as artists. Key words associated with shades of purple are: wisdom, relaxation, passion and excitement.
A fun way to add a temporary touch of lavender . . . paper monogrammed coasters - FineStationary.com
Lee Jofa’s Dorothy pattern adds a definite feminine twist. So pretty!
Thibaut’s Luxembourg Damask grounds this bright room and reminds me of a deep shade of a fine Bordeaux. The full effect is shown on the chaise, below.
The examples of geometric fabrics, above, should dispel any thoughts of limitations to only a feminine persuasion. (We can’t leave out our male audience!)
This Pearson Company embroidered silk was used as an accent in a bedroom chair. It’s even lovelier in person!
I just loved this block-printed card from Etsy, by Shellie Garcia of Soulflower. The temple design brings home the meditative properties of purple.
I found this fabulous design on Creative Montage’s blogspot. Aimee designed my logo but her expertise is much broader. Read her post for the inspiration story!
Now . . . would you believe, after all of these examples, I never considered lilac, lavender, violet or any of the options of purple, as a favorite color? I am happy to use it in a client’s design project and, as a designer, I am open to many color options – as well I should be. I may just change my mind after having been on this little journey for my post. What about you? How can you envision bringing this most special color into your world?