Colour Series - Purple

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Today we're moving away from many of the main stream colours with todays colour Purple. 

Like it or hate it, purple is an interesting colour that doesn’t really pop up too frequently in home painting.  To begin with it polarizes people.  And therefore using it in common areas can make guests feel uncomfortable.  When we do see it, we see the lighter mauve and lilac shades in open spaces, and often in older houses or darker plum shades as accent walls in places like study's or TV rooms.  And of course, the more vibrant version is a popular colour with children as supported by Barney the dinosaur and Tinky Winky – the loveable Teletubby.  But used smartly, purple can bring a real wow factor to your room.

Interestingly, purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy and as such explains why purple is often associated with supernatural energy and the cosmos.  And while violet occurs naturally in the visible spectrum, purple is actually a combination of blue and red.

But it is very rare in nature so historically it was viewed as rare and intriguing and therefore linked to royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition.   If we look a little further afield than the obvious, it is also said that purple represents wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic

A person who pants their most frequented areas of the house purple are considered sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself.   But on the opposite, purple can mean decadence, conceit, and pomposity. In many cultures, purple is also a colour of mourning.

  • So for your rooms consider the following:
  • Light purples are light-hearted, floral, and romantic.
  • The dark shades are more intellectual and dignified.
  • Us in creative spaces to inspire the imagination
  • Use in cosy corners for a romantic touch
  • Red-purples are warm, blue-purples are cool, and pure purple is neutral.
  • Want to create a sense of relaxation and serenity in a room? Try painting the walls a calming shade of lilac

What ever your decision, if you’re interested in testing shades and tones, give us a call and we’ll help with the test pots!

Cheers

Alex

 

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