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Purple Interiors | Manolo for the Home


Purple is associated with (among other things) royalty, imperialism, nobility, Easter, Mardi Gras, the upper class, poison, friendship, hope, and sympathy — in other words, it evokes feelings that are both light and dark, positive and negative. Perhaps these dichotomies exist because purple can be both intense and gentle. Think byzantium versus wisteria.

purple exterior paint

I long to see the rest of this building. In case you can’t see it clearly, the window itself matches the shutters. Don’t be afraid to combine purples to see what you come up with. If you need to ease into it, grab some paint chips and play.

purple paint

A little purple can go a long way, though as La BellaDonna frequently reminds me, more is indeed more. If you can handle a deep, saturated purple, go for it!

purple walls

Then again, this soft purple makes for a great background for blues and neutrals. It looks like the ceiling, rather than being white or cream, is a very, very light purple. I’m afraid to say all my ceilings are white, but I am fascinated with the thought of colorizing them.

purple kitchen

White kitchen? Forget it. If buying all new cabinetry doesn’t fit into your current home improvement budget, you can always paint kitchen cabinets to give your kitchen a makeover. (via)

purple sofa

Finally, purple is potent, which means even a few dashes of it here and there can really jazz up a room. You don’t *have* to commit to purple if you don’t want to!

4 Responses to “Purplespiration!”

  1. Kai Jones June 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Paint your ceilings! Our living room is a milk chocolate with an undertone of purple, and we painted the ceiling with white that had 25% of the milk chocolate color stirred in. It is subtle but terrific.

  2. sterlingspider June 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh the glory of that stunning grapety purple against the gold couch!

    Every time I see a colour like that it makes me want to take a blowtorch to my bedroom carpet, which has to be the most horrific shade of grey Disney princess purple imaginable (Behr Disney Color-Enchanted Violet is just about dead on as a matter of fact).

  3. Little Red June 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    That purple in the second photo is just spectacular!!!! It makes me want to repaint my condo top to bottom.

  4. Ashlie August 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    If you happen to know the type of purple that color is in with the picture that your talking about La BellaDonna, It would be greatly appreciated. It’s the exact kind of purple I’m looking for, for my room. And the way you describe it, deep and saturated, it sounds perfect. And even if you don’t know, do you have any good sites that could help me out?