The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple

The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple

Do you love purple, and the look of Global Style Design? Fill your home with your favorite color, and the rich colors, exotic designs, and hand-made works of art that bring the beauty of different cultures to life in your space.

Purple is not commonly used in many cultures because it was often an expensive color to create. So when it was used, it was often associated with royalty. 

On the color wheel, purple is between red and blue and can take on aspects of its neighbors. Like blue, purple can feel calm and relaxing, and is the color of nature, as many wildflowers are purple. Like it’s other neighbor, red, it can feel stimulating, energetic and maybe passionate.   Darker shades of purple are sometimes associated with wisdom.

Purple is a symbol of status, wealth, and royalty, and it has also been used in religion, linking it to spirituality and mysticism. Some believe it inspires creativity. Because it is versatile in its meaning, it connects with a wide range of people and is a complex color.

Regarding global style, I have used it in Indian style design as I have found the color used in some beautiful Indian rugs. I think it can work beautifully in Bohemian and Modern Global styles as well.

You can often find purple used in accents in Morocco. In Mexico, shades of purple can be seen on stucco walls,  furniture, fabrics, and architectural features.  Purples are often found in Turkish rugs, providing inspiration for the rest of the decor.

Purple is not a color commonly used. Be bold, celebrate color, and try it for yourself.

Get the Look with a Great Purple Paint Color

Get the look of various global styles with a great purple paint color combined with global style art, rugs, pillows, and lighting. See examples in my Edesigns below. I share some of the products I used to help you get the look. Most contain affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you buy something for sharing with you at no additional cost to you.

You can go light  or dark and dramatic. 

Use Purple with Black and White

In this Modern Global Style living room I used a dark eggplant paint color to highlight the beautiful black and white fractal art from my Arctic Night and Icefield collections. Learn more in my blog article, I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- The Magic of Transitions.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- The Magic of Transitions
Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple

Use Purple and Contrasting Colors for a Bohemian/Mid-Century Modern Look

This Edesign mixes purple with contrasting orange, yellow and green in the art, rug, and accents to create a colorful room that is a mixture of Bohemian and Mid-Century Modern styles. My Spring fractal art collection brings a nice contrast in green to the purple walls and ties to the green outside, helping to bring the outside in. Learn more in my blog article, I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Be Brave

The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Bohemian Style- Change the Look with Contrasting Accessory Colors

You can totally change the look of a room with the same wall color and basic furnishings by changing your rug and accent colors as in the bedroom designs below. Learn more in my blog article, Ways to Use Sherwin Williams HGTV 2021 Color of the Year- Passionate.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Passionate. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Passionate. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Passionate. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Here is the same room with a paint color that is a little different, again, totally changing the look and feel. Learn more in my blog article, Ways to Use Behr’s 2021 Colors of the Year. 

Master bedroom Edesign using Behr Euphoric Magenta by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Modern Global Style- Change the Feeling with the Lighting

Whatever purple you choose for your walls, will change it’s appearance based on the light. The light is always the boss. So consider if you will like the way it looks at night and during the day. This Edesign highlights my Deep Purple fractal art. I love the way the people looks in the different lighting. Learn more in my blog article, How to Make Magic Happen in Your Home with Lighting.

The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and Deep Purple Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and Deep Purple Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and Deep Purple Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and Deep Purple Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Try a Neutral Wall Color with Purple Art and Accessories

In this Edesign, I selected a wall color that is more neutral with just a touch of lavender and highlighted the purple fractal art I created, called “A Passion for Purple”. I also used purple in the rug and furnishings. The neutral wall really makes the purple art and accents pop!

The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
Edesign and A Passion for Purple Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple
The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple

Are You Ready to See the Beauty of Purple in Your Home?

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The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

10 thoughts on “The Beauty of Seeing the World in Shades of Purple”

  1. Thanks, Mary Ann, for a great post on all the different purples there are out there. I used a shade of purple for the LIVING part of Design Happy Living’s logo.

  2. I love that you show the wide range of colors that fall in the purple category! Well done, and very inspiring post.

  3. Purple is such a varied and rich color..great examples of using it here and of how radically it changes depending on whether it is closer to the red or blue end of the range!

  4. This is such a timely post as I just worked with my sister-in-law to select colours for her home that also include colours for her cabinetry in her powder room. We selected a very muted purple for the colour of her vanity. At first I thought she was going to think I was crazy suggesting it, but she fully embraced it!

    Thank you for shedding light on this magnificent colour!

  5. Although I am one of the few out there that are not a fan of purple, your post is showing color combos that are very appealing to me, a non-purple fan! Great job again!

  6. Purple is my favorite color! Love to see how it can be used in so many different design styles. Great post as always!

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