As a visual artist I rely on color to help tell a story. One of the mainstays in my palette is the color purple. I use purple whether it occurs exactly as it appears in nature or not. Purple can be used in place of grey as a neutral, either warm or cool. Purple can be used for shadow work and even to replace black in some instances. Many artists use no black at all, claiming it deadens their work. I happen to disagree… John Singer Sargent anyone?
For your house, purple also works well either as a calming neutral backdrop or an interesting focal point. Check out my Pinterest board to see how purples can work for you.
- If you live near mountains, echoing their color inside helps bring the outdoors in
- Purple plantings like iris, lilac and succulents grow well in most climates
- Dark Aubergine makes small spaces intimate and cosy
- Purple is a classic for Victorian exteriors, but greyed down a bit works great on contemporary homes and barns
- Purple pairs well with other colors and creates a great backdrop for natural woods in furniture and on flooring
Are you afraid of purple? Why?