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Pur­ple is the colour of day­dreams, flights of fancy and fairy tales, of mys­tery and magic. A re­gal colour, it’s as­so­ci­ated with hi­er­ar­chy, he­do­nism, in­dul­gence and priv­i­lege, re­call­ing im­pe­rial Rome and his­tor­i­cal Ja­panese no­bil­ity.

In au­tumn, trees and hedgerows are heavy with the weight of pur­ple fruit – el­der­berry, black­berry, sloe and dam­son – laden with rich juice. Flo­ral mauves adorn the wood­lands – vi­o­lets, pan­sies and fox­gloves. Paler tones evoke heav­ily scented blooms, with fra­grant per­fume, rang­ing from sug­ary parma vi­o­let to the clean botan­i­cal notes of laven­der and lilac.


Try to avoid pink­ish laven­der tones; un­less you are look­ing for a specif­i­cally sweet ef­fect, re­serve such colours for the nurs­ery. Grey-toned, more blueish lilac shades are clean and fresh. Bruised and sub­dued, dusted pow­dery tones of heather and mul­berry part­ner pared-back shades of grey beau­ti­fully. Try lay­er­ing this­tle and pur­ple sage with green­ish greys – mul­berry and dusted grape with dove or smoked grey. An in­jec­tion of pur­ple where it’s least ex­pected, whether it’s bright or soft, can add an invit­ing, light touch to oth­er­wise neu­tral spa­ces. Dark berry colours are so­phis­ti­cated and ex­ude a sense of op­u­lence. These en­rich­ing, sat­u­rated pur­ples pro­vide a safe, cocooning haven, snug and cosy, deep in­doors. Us­ing rich colours on the walls of a room cre­ates a strik­ing and dra­matic back­drop; these deep or ‘black­ened’ pur­ples im­bue the space with a real sense of lux­ury. Gen­tler pur­ples are calm­ing; soft and sooth­ing laven­der tones will cre­ate a peace­ful seren­ity just right for a tran­quil bed­room, or a busy work room.

Deep mul­berry shades can cre­ate a sense of drama within a room. Like a glam­orous 1970s New York night­club, these colours pro­vide a cap­ti­vat­ing sense of spec­ta­cle. Tex­tures such as densely weighted fab­rics – in par­tic­u­lar vel­vet – are an ideal part­ner for dark pur­ples, adding to the sense of lux­ury and in­ti­macy. Try con­trast­ing matt, light-ab­sorb­ing fab­rics with high-gloss or re­flec­tive sur­faces. »

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