Color Study – Painting the Town Fifty Shades of Purple
A very popular phrase that reflects the literal ‘party effect’ in any phase of lives, Paint the town Purple has become a sort of a cultural phenomenon. Everyone knows the literal and figurative meaning of this renowned idiom, and its applications in various contexts can be either off putting or inviting. In the context of interior designing it can mean either creating a funky, party style interior setting that is glitzy, glamorous and off the charts outrageous, or it can mean using the various shades of purple to create an interior setting that is wild yet sophisticated at the same time. Purple itself is a rather royal color, but its varying shades can imbue varying emotions and aesthetics in typical design formations. Knowing the difference is very important, so keeping all this in mind, let us take a look at a few interesting takes on some atypical shades of purple.
In the lines and circles
Violet is one of the more regal typologies of the purple family. It can uplift or subdue the aura of an entire space depending on the amount used and the space applied. In the interior below, it has been used in a perfect sort of harmony with white and grey – enough to balance out the visual weight of the bold violet strip that runs the gamut of one wall and a quarter of a ceiling space. The overall effect is as alluring as it is bold.
In subtle hues
This lavender integration of a small amount of purple in this scheme goes miles and beyond to enhance the entire aspect of this aesthetic. The soft glow of the rope light is fluorescent enough to out glow the below half of this interior, which is just dark enough in contrast to seem actually alluring.
This take on mauve is especially a good one, taking in consideration that the given space is actually a small room that can seem constricted if the color is too shocking or bold. The subdued hues of mauve blend well with the rich textures and fixture design of this scheme.
Out of the Drab
Sangria is a shade of purple that can be a bit blinding to the eye when used in large amounts. But is a nice hue to uplift a monotonous scheme if used in balanced out proportions. The kitchen design below shows how the glaze of a small amount of sangria veneer can change the aesthetics in favor of brightness in this narrow space.
In between the fixtures
There might not be a lot of purple in this interior theme, but at a very cursory glance the first thing your eye catches is a bit of heather in the ix. On closer inspection, you’ll find there is actually very little of that hue in the interior, but the color scheme works in favor of highlighting the regal tones of purple in this specific theme.