Monday, October 14, 2013

Dreaming in Color: 8 Enchanting Purple Bedrooms

Purported to be a calming hue, purple is an excellent color choice for a bedroom. Darker, cooler purples can feel a bit heavy in a space, so they need to be offset with a good amount of natural or artificial light. You can warm up cooler purple hues with a healthy dose of light to medium wood tones. Hotter raspberry hues pair well with cool neutrals like gray, or metallic accents like stainless steel or brushed nickel.

I’ve pulled together eight fetching purple bedrooms from Houzz, along with my favorite purple paint colors that you can try out in your own bedroom.

Purple paint picks for bedrooms (clockwise from top left):

1. Purple Haze KM3065-1, Kelly-Moore

2. Fragrant Lilac 4001-5B, Valspar

3. Lavender Lining 006-4, Mythic Paint

4. Violet Petal 1382, Benjamin Moore

5. Painted Sunset 29-9, Pratt & Lambert

6. Purple Rhapsody 244-6, Pittsburgh Paints

7. Blueberry Popover 610D-5, Behr

8. Vesper Violet SW6542, Sherwin-Williams

This is my favorite shade of purple — a darker version with a good amount of cooling blue and gray. It’s easy to pull off an intense shade of purple when you have such a fantastic space full of natural light and warm wood tones. If your bedroom is lacking ample windows, you can still use a similar purple hue, but perhaps limit it to a small accent wall or part of a wall so your room doesn’t become cavelike.

Here’s another deep purple hue; this one is a bit on the warmer side, with some red in it. This shade looks fantastic paired with dark wood tones and light, warm neutral hues.

Obviously, most of us do not have large floor-to-ceiling windows in our bedrooms to bring in natural light that offsets large swaths of bold wall color. Here’s an example of how you can inject a subtler dose of purple. This is a great way to introduce a fun color in your bedroom even if your space lacks abundant light.

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