Purple is not an easy color to design with. On a shirt or boldly patterned dress it’s wonderful and bold, but in a room, it can be incredibly tricky and go from bad to worse with one false move. Where blue is basic and the everyman of the color world (I mean, it goes with everything and near impossible to mess up), lilacs and plums and, well, ultraviolet, are as easy to work with as a prickly cactus.
Plucky shades of purple are the hardest. Soft muted hues can act as whispers in a room, as backup dancers so to speak to the space’s other color protagonists. But something like ultraviolet? Oh no, that’s the prima ballerina of an interior, pulling the spotlight no matter what. But say you heard Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year announcement this morning and were overjoyed purely for the colors aesthetic profile (the «subtle» political and zeitgeist-y undertones aside) and are itching to slather your home in the royal tone but aren’t sure how to do it or where to begin…that’s where the pros come in.
Following are eight glorious rooms that use the electric color with skill, from a delicate peppering to an all-out baste (and our takeaways of what you can learn from each).