Here Are Some Lovely Ways to Decorate With Purple

published May 10, 2018
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Lavender is here to give “Millennial Pink” a break, elbowing the light Pepto shade off of 2018’s stage and replacing it with a soothing purple. The color has been popping up everywhere, from living room sectionals to dining room walls, and splashed across carefully-picked prints and folded merino wool blankets. While it’s a fun color to work with, some people might be wondering how to use it in their space without reverting back to their 13-year-old selves. As a kid who used to have a lavender-everything room, I can personally attest to how easy it is to veer into saccharine-sweet territory with that shade. But with some careful planning—and a board full of inspiration—lavender can read elegant and sophisticated. See for yourselves.

1. For those who have been eyeing lavender for a while and are ready to make a long term commitment to the trending color, why not paint the whole room with it—walls, bookcases, trimming and all. Nathan Turner proves it’s a bold move, but it looks especially great when paired with a feminine, glamorous aesthetic.

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2. While it’s true that finding a lilac-hued velvet sofa isn’t as easy as picking out a gray tufted one, trendy spots like Urban Outfitters (Chamberlin Velvet Sofa, $898) have them in stock. If you like playing with color, this statement piece will draw out purple shades from your artwork and pillows.

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3. Take a page out of Collins Interiors‘ handbook and add the spring-like hue to your kitchen, via bar stools. The unexpected shade will especially pop against a white kitchen.

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4. If you’re looking for pillows or poufs for your den or living room, try out this velvet lounge chair from Urban Outfitters (Charley Velvet Lounge Chair, $249). Contrasting the pastel color against dark green or mustard is an unexpected interior design move that pays off.

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5. Lavender curtains look beautiful when they’re paired with airy and feminine wallpaper, as designer Ashley Whitaker proves in this Westchester home. A gold curtain rod makes the purple pop. More, the pastel drapes match a colorful woodland scene on the wall, and the room is accented with subtle gold accessories to tie it all together.

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6. Investing in a lavender armchair lets you experiment with different colors, making them jump against the pastel hue. Here David Collins Studio takes a lilac one-seater and makes the blue stripes in the fireplace pop, while simultaneously adding interest to the coffee table with mustard accessories.

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7. Take a cue from Jenn and Hunter’s historic landmark apartment and try out a lavender velvet couch. It adds a pop of color but still feels muted thanks to the powdery hue, and it offers an amazing contrast against the red carpet.

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8. Bring the purple shade outside by picking up patio furniture in lavender hues. Designer Ashley Whitaker strikes again in this Southampton home’s backyard, where she created a calming oasis with white frames and lilac cushions.

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9. If you have an all-white room, light lavender accessories are an attractive way to add a touch of color without breaking up the tranquility and airiness of the space. Amanda Nisbet accented this country home with soft purple hues, and we dig it.

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10. If you want to play with lavender in a more temporary way, choose an art print saturated in the hue, like Elsie from A Beautiful Mess did. She accented her mid-century inspired den with a print of palm trees against a lavender sky, which helps to add a splash of color to the white-centric room.

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11. Tinker with the color in your bedroom by getting a chunky merino throw in the powdery lavender shade. This particular one is from Closely Knit ($380), spotted on Aimee Tarulli’s Instagram feed. Bonus points if you contrast it with mustard velvet accents.

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12. If you’re a music lover with an impressive (or growing!) record collection, try channeling 2018’s new color trend through your record player. This lavender-violet Crosley one from Target ($79.99) hits the mark and would look great in any living room.

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13. Another painless way to test drive the color trend is to work it into your decorative pillows. This frilly version from Zara Home ($25.90) has a vintage vibe to it and will be a welcome addition to just about any room.

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14. Experiment with how the color will change the decor in your living room by swapping out your coffee table for a velvet lavender ottoman like this one from Overstock ($213.49).

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15. For your bedroom try a purple yarn-dyed duvet cover to bring a splash of lavender to your space, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond ($80.99).

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16. An easy way to incorporate the hue into your room is to work it through abstract art, like this one from West Elm ($329).

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17. If you have a quirkier aesthetic and aren’t afraid of color, try this comforter from Society6 ($88.79 on sale). Complete with abstract shapes, neon colors, and an ’80s influence of stripes and circles, it’s a playful addition.