The Color Formally Known as Purple: A Tribute Hue to Prince

Pantone's Love Symbol #2 was created to honor the late music icon Prince. We're sharing a few ideas on how you can use this hue in your home.

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Elephants and Flowers

The Pantone Color Institute along with The Prince Estate recently announced the development of a custom color to honor the late, great Prince. We absolutely love this shade of purple, so we're sharing a few ideas on how you can incorporate this melodious hue in your home.

Crisp white is a great combo with royal purple. Against this vivid wall, the white shelving unit provides an eye-pleasing contrast.

Let's Work

A home office doesn't have to be stuffy and boring. This space got a fresh dose of style with purple stained walls, wine-colored curtains and an animal skin rug.

From: Amy Zolin

The Other Side of the Pillow

If deep purple is a deviation from your standard style, start small with a couple velvety throw pillows. Purple has always been considered a regal color, so you only need a little to get an air of sophistication.

Soul Sanctuary

A monochromatic look can be bold and budget-friendly. Consider matching your curtains to the walls. Since time is money, you can save time by not worrying about finding a complementary color or pattern for the drapes.

Musicology

Deep purple and modern low furniture set the scene for this relaxing rooftop patio. Your outdoor space is the perfect place to experiment and go bold with color and pattern.

The Sun The Moon and Stars

Here’s another example of purple used as the "wall" color in an outdoor space. This amazing terrace with a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco Bay, is gorgeous even without the spectacular view. The architect, Chih-Wei G.V. Chang, added purple walls to go with the collections of pollinator-friendly flowers that invite hummingbirds and bees to share the view.

Get Wild

Use purple as a base or background color for other patterns and textures. In this elegant guest bedroom, the purple folding screen and other accents set the backdrop for the vibrant Asian-inspired fabrics.

From: Denise McGaha

A Good Place to Enjoy a Tangerine

For a colorful surprise, this kitchen island was done in a rich shade of eggplant and accented with brass details. The mix of these deep tones with the wood paneled walls, ceiling beams and the white cabinets create a striking contrast that is elegant and casual at the same time.

200 Balloons

Don’t be afraid to mix purple with other bright colors. In this home office, the turquoise desk, violet tufted chair, patterned accent wall and contemporary artwork blend perfectly to provide a sense of merriment. Especially noteworthy is the purple "balloon" chandelier.

1999

A crushed velvet chesterfield sofa in deep plum sets the tone for this ultra-hip sitting room.

Uptown

A dramatic color can have the cool effect of making the space feel cozier. The eggplant purple that coats the walls and ceiling in this apartment bedroom lends surprisingly intimate results.

Nothing Compares 2U

A darling eggplant purple console table sets the scene for an eclectic tableau of artwork, a mirror and a bright green floral arrangement.

Let's Go Crazy

Sure you can paint your walls purple, but don’t forget to perk up the fifth wall (akak - the ceiling) with some graphic purple patterns.

Raspberry Beret

Keep your home office fun and lively to help inspire you. In this space, rich purple walls create a sense of depth while the furnishings are kept neutral so as not to make the space feel overdone. A berry-colored rug with a tie-dye vibe ties the whole look together.

Shockadelica

For an unexpected look, mix some groovy purple with tradition-style furnishings. These wingback chairs provide a funky yet polished vibe.