Friday, March 1, 2013

March Theme Post: Purple


The March theme on Sophistique Noir is purple. This should be an easy theme for me because purple is my favorite color. As I did one year ago for the March 2012 theme of gray, I decided to talk about purple as a home decor color. Alas, this turned out to be rather difficult.

I found few examples of purple used in home decor. It's typically limited to one of two styles: princessy little girls' rooms...


or contemporary, sleek, mod styles.
 

When purple is used in more formal or traditional styles, it often plays a relatively small supporting role.


Or sometimes it's mixed with gold and becomes a gaudy masterpiece of someone's luxury estate.


All images are from HGTV.com

I rarely see traditional, Victorian or Old World style rooms that are truly purple (not a room with a purple rug or a room with a purple pillow, but a purple room). Maybe it's because people are wary of using purple in home decor. Why not a purple Old World style living room? Am I on to a fresh new idea... or do I just have the worst taste ever?

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  1. Oh Bane, I need to take a photo of a purple room at the Metropolitan Museum (if they let me) for you! It's a gorgeous purple, period room -- I believe it's French rococo without all the gold. Maybe it's English? The detailing is all done in white and some butter yellows and it's absolutely breathtaking!

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    1. Sounds intriguing! I like the lines of rococo but I'm usually put off by the heavy use of gold.

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    2. It all depends on where the Rococo ends up. Usually in France it's all about the gold. But when Rococo meets German or English design the gold gets dumped for a more austere, but whimsical, naturalism.

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  2. I think you're definitely onto something ;)
    Of course, we could just be crazy-- purple lovers tend to be known for their esoteric tastes! Hehe.

    Ah, to live in a home decorated like the last 3 photos... I would chose a purple on the more blue side like the ones in the first of those three photos(the chair cushions, really)-- to encompass an even darker tone!

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    1. I prefer the bluer purples as well.

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  3. Did you see these? Some are really pretty cool!

    http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/9928-10-amazing-purple-rooms

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    1. Some good inspiration in there. :)

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  4. You did a good bit of research on purple home decor! I love it. It is sad that purple is so often associated with little girls' tastes. But I do kinda love the gaudy gold example. ;)

    Oh, I SO need to post more pics of my house! I did a post about my living room once, for one of Le Professeur's homework assignments. The walls are ALL PURPLE, the curtains are eggplant and the furniture is leaning toward Victorian. I think we may just be crazy, because "normal" people tend to find our living room decor a bit strange. These pics are before the crown molding... I need to do an update!

    http://sophistiquenoir.com/2011/12/monthly-homework-assignment-for-december-comfort-and-joy.html

    I'm so glad you brought the home decor element into this month's theme!

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    1. I think your livingroom is beautiful and the walls has the perfect purple colour.

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    2. I've done a lot of inspiration surfing. I want more purple in my house. I started with basic grey walls in my house because the lighting was so poor (not many windows and no overhead lights). As I'm addressing the lighting, I'm moving to purple walls. I guess I'll be crazy, too. :)

      Your living room is gorgeous. I'd love to see more pics of your house.

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  5. I wish I had decent pix of my purple bedroom! But in lieu of that, I put together a super-quick Pinterest board of purple home decor -- there's more stuff out there for inspiration :)
    http://pinterest.com/trystanbass/purple-house-just-because/

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    1. Awesome! I especially like the various purple velvet chairs.

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  6. Purple and gold look stunning together, so lively, and regal...I love it, really.

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    1. They are very complementary colors.

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  7. I love purple in decorating, although I lean more towards an aubergine than a true purple - that's my favourite! My daughter did have a very girly purple room that I like, but I was thinking of repainting it a duller cement purple colour ... ;o)

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    1. Decorating in aubergine is easier to accomplish; aubergine curtains, furniture, etc. are available pretty readily. When I was a little girl, my curtains and bedspread were lavender with a unicorn print. :D

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  8. The last 4 are exactly what I want for my house one day! I love the purple and the burgundy!

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    1. The flocked wallpaper in the last two photos amazes me.

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  9. Oh, I just remembered, the house had PURPLE WALLS in The Woman in Black! I loved that house!

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    1. Woman in black in a house in purple... now that sounds great!

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  10. wow... i think i just realized that I love love gaudy furniture...in purple anyway. Those purple and gold chairs are so over the top and awesome

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    1. Ha ha! The chairs have a great ornate shape. I'd love to see them in purple and black.

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  11. I definitely think my dream décor would have to have purple and gold. Oh and flowers, perhaps in the vein of Pre Raphaelite paintings.
    Meanwhile I'll have to deal with just some purple bed sheets and Golden accessories for my dorm. :P

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    1. I think purple sheets are very restful. You can dream of purple and gold while sleeping in purple. :D

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  12. That first picture reminds me of the lavender coloured bathroom I had in my last house. I painted the ceiling a very light almost white lavender, the trimmings white and lavender walls. It looked nice. I have seen a special purple colour in older houses. I guess they used it in the beginning of the last century. It is a dusty quite dark purple and is made of mineral oilpaint. I have always wanted a room with that dusty colour. A friend of mine stripped the walls in her hallway and found that purple painted wood walls. I forced her to save it :)

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    1. I'll probably go with lavender in my bathroom. :) It's small and needs a light color. I love the dusty purples. They are perfect for bringing in purple in a soft way.

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  13. I had a whole purple room when I was in high school. It was kind of victorian bohemian. I wish I had a photo I could show you. I always meant to paint the walls purple too but never had a chance.

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