Paint Your Living Room Purple


Most of us do not decorate our homes by simply buying random items in the store that we like and then try to find the right place to put them in our home. This can yield a sort of crazy hodge-podge mixture that would not look right. For the most part, we decide what type of color and style we desire for our living room and then purchase the items such as furniture, flooring, window treatments and accessories that match our plan for the interior design. For some reason few of us consider the color purple when planning the interior painting for the living room. But what would happen if you did?

Purple in Nature

Some shades of purple can be very intense and if it is overdone it can be overwhelming. While purple does appear some in natural settings, like plums and lavender, it is not a real common color in nature so using too much of the wrong shades of purple in residential painting can appear to be artificial. However, since it is made from a color combination of the warm colors of blue and red, it can affect the mood accordingly. Using lighter shades such as lavender, which is more natural, can help keep purple from being overwhelming in the living room.

Purple and Royalty

Purple has long been associated with royalty and for good reason. During the ancient times dye used to create purple items was extracted from mollusks and so it was very expensive which meant only the rich, or royalty, could afford such a luxury. But purple can add passion to modern design. And in today’s contemporary styles it can be used in a complementary fashion with other colors such as green.

Purple also symbolizes mystery and creativity. So painting your living room purple might help to foster your own creativity. The advantage of a purple living room is that it can have a robust, dramatic effect on the room’s atmosphere and mood. Some shades can help foster romantic moods too especially if you use it just for an accent wall. The deeper purples should only be used in larger rooms which have adequate lighting. These tones can add a more serious, formal note to the room’s décor. The deeper tones can make a bold statement. But if you want to go with a lighter purple it can enhance conversation as well as make the room seem cozy.

How to Use Purple for Interior Painting

Some homeowners have shied away from using purple for fear of it being too “girly.” It is all a matter of personal taste; but there are many shades of purple that can be used for the desired effect. Purple does not look good with browns and since many furnishings are made from wood purple does not seem to be the right choice. However, pairing different shades of purple with white can have a stunning effect. Darker shades of purple can make a large room seem smaller; and using lighter shades of purple can make a small living room feel somewhat larger.


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