Friday, March 6, 2009

The Color Purple

One of my absolute favorite colors is purple. I even painted my
living room purple and upholstered my sofa in lilac purple as
you can see from my header. Purple is the color of royalty. It
is majestic and has a sense of mystery at the same time.

One of my favorite details in the room above is the plum purple
velvet throw. It looks so scrumptious and luxe.

A Moroccan styled bath in a beautiful plum color.

This stunning purple wallpaper in Jane Hess'
home is absolutely heart stopping gorgeous.
A pair of upholstered purple chairs with pink
trim to match.

Photo by Steve Giralt

Plum purple in the dining room.

This is my favorite purple bedroom I've seen yet.
It was designed by Amanda Nisbet who has a
wonderful gift for using color in her designs.

From the Pottery Barn Kid's catalog no less.

A softly hued purple room in lavender.

A gorgeous lilac and purple rug from The Rug Company.

Moroccan decor with a modern purple twist.

A soothing mauve guest bedroom.

A hallway study from Elle Decor.

Delicious Plum purple wallpaper and lamp.

This room was on the cover of an Elle Decor issue. The lavender
hues on the wall totally caught my eye. I'm finding that orange as
an accent color (when paired with lavender) is a really appealing
combination. Lavender is actually a wonderful neutral color - many
people don't think of lavender as such. With the right hue, you can
pair almost any color with a lavender background...pinks, greys,
blacks, reds, yellows, etc.

Another yummy bedroom from Amanda Nisbet.
I can never get enough of her rooms.

Swarovski Purple Earrings from Forzieri.
I love Swavorski!

It looks pink - but it's actually a pair of Swarovski
purple cuff links. Also from Forzieri. $86.
A purple slide.

How about a patent ombre color clutch.


I'm really becoming a fan of Ghibli bags.
They are a purveyor of handmade Italian
leather - and of course in violet.

I'm also a fan of L.A.P.A. bags - here is a croc
embossed purple doctor's bag.



You can't really go wrong with Murano glass. I've seen it in
pendants, but have worn it on your fingers? $42 is actually
a pretty reasonable price for these rings.





Another L.A.P.A. tote in luscious purple.


This is a super cute book for children who are...
what else? But purple lovers! $10.88 from Amazon.

The funny thing is for years, my parents
would never let me paint any rooms in the house. I
finally convinced my father 2 years ago. He let me paint
their guest room and I promptly painted a hue of lovely
purple. At first, he was skeptical but when he saw the
finished product, he admitted that it looked very nice.
My brother now camps out in the room instead of his own
because he says the color is soothing to him and makes him
focus more on his studies. He's never really been into color
so I was surprised when he told me that.

Are you a purple lover? What does the color purple
make you feel?

24 comments:

Mélanie said...

I' m a lover of purple . I particularly love dark purple , I use it a lot in my interior but also in my clothes and accesories.Purple makes me feel good ...

Jan said...

love the plum wallpaper.
yes it is soothing somehow no matter what shade.
p.s. pop over for some pink!

Things That Inspire said...

I love to wear purple, and have really enjoyed the fact that it is so 'in' this season. My daughter has a periwinkle bedroom - my favorite shade of purple - and it is really beautiful. But I can't imagine using purple in my design scheme downstairs (in the public rooms)! It is great to admire from afar, and you have pulled together a great collection of images.

vicki archer said...

These images are gorgeous and I agree purple, all shades, really gives such a luxurious feel. enjoy the weekend, xv.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

great post- I love all the pictures and shades of purple. Do you know where the wallpaper came from 7th photo down?

Melissa said...

It has always been a toss up for me between purple and pink. Pink won out in my office but now I'm contemplating purple/lavender. It's beena lmost five years of pink so you know a change is due!
Pink is a fun color while purple is sensual, feminine (though can be masculine in the right settings).

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BethanyEyre said...

I love purple! It's always been my favorite. In fact, I've been looking for some lovely purple bedding for my guest bed (an ivory wooden 4 poster style). If you have any affordable suggestions I would love to hear them! I love your blog :)

LaurenFaythe said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! My last house had a purple kitchen. I was really into color then! I'm currently working on my daughter's room, and I'm incorporating the blue that she wanted, with a purple bedspread I found. I'm trying to make it all work together. This post has given me inspiration. Thanks!

Sue

Miss Kris said...

Such lovely lavender images!!! Lavender is my FAVOURITE colour, even though I don't have a drop of it in my home I think I need those purple slides. I love them!

It's so cute how your brother loves the lavender space, it is so soothing, I can see how it helps with his studies.

Rebecca said...

My 3 year old loves purple, and I have to say I can't stand it. She says it's because "Buzz Lightyear" had purple on him and he's sort of the meaning of life right now for her. The book is adorable, we'll get it for sure. As for the rooms, definitely gives me some ideas how to make her room a bit more palatable.

dolcechic said...

Such a gorgeous post! Purple's always been my favorite color as well. There used to be a shop in Seattle called "I Love Purple" and anytime my grandma went up there she always brought me back a cute pencil or something. I wish there was a store like it that was still around, I could use anything in purple :)

Eileen Evans... said...

I really like all of your pictures...but, I like your header the most...your living room is gorgeous!

DesignTies said...

I LOVE PURPLE!! It's always been my favourite colour :-) It's great to find other people who love purple too :-)

I wrote a post about purple on our blog, and Patricia Gray has one on hers. Here are the URLs if you'd like to check them out:

http://design-ties.blogspot.com/2009/02/patricia-gray-interior-designs-color.html

http://patriciagrayinc.blogspot.com/2008/03/color-purple.html

Some of the pics that you posted are going into my inspiration folder. Thanks!! :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

maison21 said...

that plum wallpaper is one of my favorites. sample is sitting on my desk right now, actually.

but no picture of prince?

Patricia Gray said...

Yum...I love the color purple, it makes me feel happy!

Maggie May said...

This is so timely for me! I have purple paint colors pinned to my bathroom wall right now beacuse i'm trying to pick which shade to use :)

Diane said...

Love it all.... now add a little pink and white and I am so happy

blah said...

love the additional "fashion" photos in purple.

had a good day today, my friends really enjoyed the afternoon as well. =)

Sharon said...

I had no idea how much you loved purple(and am with you there!)till I scrolled down and the post transitioned to things over than fantastic interiors=)

and the wallpaper is beautiful!

Aubrey said...

I went through a phase (with my girlfriends) where we all said purple was our favorite color, but I quickly realized it's not! I'm a RED girl! But I did decorate my room in a soft lavender purple in high school and I really loved it. It was very calming and pretty.

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Anonymous said...

catching up on your blog. I so love color also like you. You know that cover and lilac "hallway" room are Jamie Drake. Is there anyone better!???
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