Deep Purple Bedroom moods…

Purple enjoys universal appeal. It is a colour that is gender friendly and remarkably versatile in a vast palette of hues to suit just about any room theme. Use deep purple in your bedroom design to create a lush and regal space in which to relax and unwind. The richness of purple can overwhelm a room without a degree of restraint, but with caution and a little colour planning you can indulge in eggplant or merlot hues with ravishing results that feel anything but claustrophobic. Incorporate natural and artificial light along with lighter accents for a room mood that is bright and airy and undeniably inviting…

If a bold and romantic colour vibe is your pleasure then deep purple shades could be the perfect choice. The trick here is to counterpoint the richness of purple with those lighter accents to ensure balance and visual harmony. Rich dark purple bedroom walls look fabulous and when married with silver or vintage white linens, woodwork and accessories, the story really comes to life. Silk bed coverings or window treatments also come into their own here, and help to reflect light around the room creating the illusion of space. Keep the colour palette simple with just one or maybe two shades of white, cream or silver, applying them within the space. Incorporate furniture in the form of lime-washed wooden bedsteads or a traditional metal bed in an ivory finish with brass detailing for a romantic flourish. Team up with matching bedside tables and a creamy upholstered love seat or reading chair to add a cosy flavour to the room, with additional fresh charm courtesy of a large bouquet of white lilies atop a nightstand or bureau.

An alternative approach sees deep purple walls paired with rich wooden furniture to create an enveloping sensual bedroom mood. Darker traditional wooden bed designs, from French style sleigh bed creations, to simpler wooden panelled beds in cherrywood, walnut or mahogany, create a luxurious and relaxing space in the company of a rich purple backdrop. Dark oak and ebony wood styles turn up the temperature with a regal aesthetic that can hold their own against the richness of the wall colour, and consider introducing added dimension to the room by seeking out wooden beds and furniture that have ornate carving features. Choose fabrics for the bed that have coordinating purple shades if you wish, but steer of anything that has elaborate patterns that will compete with the furniture and the walls. Instead, add visual interest with interesting textures in the form of bed linens, area rugs and scatter pillows that will complement rather than introduce visual distraction.

For smaller rooms and for those who are set on introducing purple into their bedroom décor without committing to a complete purple makeover, consider a two-shade approach that sees the wall space broken by the inclusion of a dado rail or chair rail as it is also known. Wooden chair rails add detail and dimension as well as a simple way to add a splash of contrasting lighter colour. Paint or wallpaper the wall below the chair rail in the rich deep purple shade of your choice, with the wall space above the rail finished in a neutral hue such as light grey or a vintage white or ivory. This two tone approach is very effective with something of a traditional country house flavour about it that enables us to enjoy the richness of purple without it becoming too oppressive or heavy. Another option is to use the well tried and tested method of finishing just one accent wall in a deep purple shade. This would normally be the bed head wall offering attractive contrast with creamy white traditional bed designs, or as the perfect partner for that romantic and timelessly enticing wooden bedstead…

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