Look! Purple Walls

Look! Purple Walls

Abby Stone
Mar 25, 2008

As the Curees start to work with colour this week, they may be tempted to stick with white walls. But as our color contests have shown, color can not only be fun to look at but it can be great to live with. Looking thru our sister site, The Kitchn, we were struck by the color of these Emile Henry clay pots. we're always shied away from purple but now we find ourselves increasingly drawn to it...

This room from Domino, and this room from one of our "I've Got Color" contests, show how purple can be grounded by using white.
We added some to our wardrobe this past fall (the place of least commitment) and then, in the best kind of synchronicity, Domino also recently had a small article. Combining their expertise with our experiments, here's what we learned:

In this room and this room, fireplaces, dramatic space and controlled accessories balance out the walls.

  • The darker the color, the better: Think Prince and ripe figs rather than Harold and his crayon.

  • Brown is good, rustic is better: Play against purple's royal lineage by going with something distressed and natural, whether leather, wood or clay.

  • Clean lines are better than fancy ones: Let the color shine.

  • Keep accents subtle and minimal: Understated is best when purple is the star. More is not better here.

  • Goes great with grey. Like a trusted advisor to the king, grey supports purple magnificently.

  • White is right. Cream is also good.

  • Balance out the drama. With accessories and furniture that can hold their own: lacquered lime green nesting tables, a citrus yellow chair, a deep orange bowl.


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