Tara's Paint & Pairing: Passion Plum & DIY Curtains

Tara's Paint & Pairing: Passion Plum & DIY Curtains

Tara Bellucci
Aug 12, 2013

For the jewel box room, I'm going big and bold. A plummy purple and a dose of color and pattern as homemade curtains are my major projects for this month. Choosing the paint color was almost instant; the fabric is going to take some more time.

Purples aren't your average go-to wall color. I must've gone through two years of House Beautiful issues and found three examples of purple paint: a pale lilac, a very dark purplish gray, and Benjamin Moore's Passion Plum. Though it was love at first sight, I still got swatches, taped them up, narrowed the range to three, and purchased pint-sized samples.

It was only ever you, Passion Plum.

Because I want to use this room partly as a place to get to know my sewing machine, making curtains was an easy choice for a project. Since the windows aren't centered and I plan to basically curtain the whole wall, making panels myself ensures I get the length I need. 

Choosing fabric, though, isn't as easy. I want to add bold pattern and additional colors from which to draw inspiration for the room. My first search yielded wildly differing results:

Clockwise from top  Premier Prints Suzani Vine Primary/NaturalValori Wells Novella Cotton Sateen Finnelopy CurryTangier Ikat Medallion OrangeSuburban Home Isla Melon

Paisleys, florals, ikats in orange, yellow, blue... I'm all over the place. I think a trip to the fabric store, where I can touch and compare, is in order. 

Anyone else going purple or tackling some sewing?

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    (Images: 1. via Holiday Hues, 2. LB Design Studio, 3. Tara Bellucci, 4. Fabric.com)

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