15 Purple Paint Ideas That Don’t Feel Childish

published Aug 10, 2019
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While purple isn’t always the first color people think of when making paint choices, it’s a powerful color family. It is the color of royalty, after all. It’s also the color of luxury, power, and wealth. And aside from any of those connotations, it can simply be the exact thing your home needs.

From eggplants to lilacs and bold fuchsias to purple-hued grays, there’s a world of possibility within purple. We pored over Apartment Therapy house tours to bring you some examples of our favorite purples in use. And to help you out with your own design projects, we included a match for each listing. While the matches might not be exactly what you see in the photos we link to, they all are close enough to do the trick.

1. A Pop of Purple

Move over, accent wall; it’s all about the accent room! Pluck Architectures’ Harmony Grogan made the ultimate statement by splashing a coat of Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose in her laundry room.

2. Create a Contrast

Ready to make a statement? Take a cue from Alex Flathmann’s home and pair a shade like Behr’s Orchid Kiss with dark wood accents. The combination practically oozes a luxurious flair.

3. A Pinch of Pink

Torn between pink and purple? Choose the best of both worlds with a poppy shade of magenta. This Boston-based house tour features Benjamin Moore’s Twilight Magenta.

4. A Light Lavender

In John and Melissa’s Pennslyvania home, a gray-tinged hue teeters nicely between subtle and statement. Bring the light, airy vibes to your home with Behr’s Fantasia.

5. Get Moody

As this house tour by Sarah Barnard Designs proves, it pays off to go to the dark side. The interior designer paired these two-toned walls with sage green carpeting and a plush, plum bedspread. Recreate the look with a strip of a lighter purple—such as Benjamin Moore’s Seduction—at the top of your ceilings.

Credit: Viv Yapp

6. Tone it Down

When it comes to your home, the smallest details matter. In Pippa Small’s house tour, the washed wall effect offsets the unapologetically purple hue. Try your luck with a hue like Benjamin Moore’s Baroness.

7. Meet in the Middle

If an overtly gendered pink or blue nursery feels archaic, meet in the middle (literally!) with a pretty lilac, as we saw in this oh-so-adorable space. A soft shade like Sherwin-Williams’ Vaguely Mauve become more sophisticated as your little ones get older.

Credit: Submitted by Krista

8. Pack on the Patterns

You can never have too much purple—just take a look at this New York City kitchen. Here, homeowner Krista paired whimsical, purple-flushed wallpaper with Benjamin Moore’s Mauve Desert.

9. Embrace Your Green Thumb

A bright purple—think Behr’s Chakra—truly pops when paired with bright green foliage. Let Cherub Stewart’s New Jersey home show you how it’s done.

10. The Tonal Treatment

Love purple? Go big or go home by dousing your entire room in the shade, as seen in this Montreal house tour. For a shade that packs a punch, try Behr’s I Heart Potion.

11. Punchy Purple

What’s black, white, and chic all over? This contrasted, Moroccan house tour. Stephen di Renza gives his home an unexpected pop of color by painting his guest house a shade like Behr’s Brocade.

12. Regal Purple

Give your home the regal touch by pairing a moody aubergine with gilded furniture and frames à la this French Quarter apartment. Recreate the look with a shade like Farrow & Ball’s Pelt.

13. A Decked-Out Door

Consider purple paint to be childish? Think again! This nursery creates a warm welcome by coating its door in purple. A shade like PPG’s Orchid Blush will pair well with just about any color or pattern.

14. Artful Accent

Not ready to paint your entire room purple? Opt for an accent wall, as seen in this modern Dutch farmhouse. A pinkish-purple shade like Behr’s Joie De Vivre will look great in an otherwise white space.

15. Idyllic Indigo

When in doubt, choose a soothing shade of indigo. In her quirky abode, Miranda Lake made a statement in her home office with Behr’s Stained Glass.