Purple Bedrooms Ideas

The color of kings, purple can turn your bedroom into a lush retreat.

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A mixture of contemporary fabrics and traditional furniture adds fun and whimsy to this teen'€™s room whose favorite color is purple.

By: Gina Hannah
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Purple is the color of royalty and richness, and it hints at passion as well as spirituality. If you love the idea of using purple in your bedroom, you have a wide range of shades from which to choose.

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You aren't limited to the bright purple often found in teen-age girls' bedrooms. A dark eggplant shade or a dusky purple-gray can turn a master bedroom suite into a sophisticated retreat. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does—but without the risk of feeling chilly. A soothing pastel lavender is a great choice for a nursery. You can also mix shades in varying degrees of intensity to create a layered or textured effect.

Kids love purple, and that may have an added benefit: Some research shows that purple stimulates brain activity, which can be helpful during study time. The color can be used in a masculine or feminine decor, depending on the shade chosen and what furnishings and accent colors are also used.

Match dark purple or plum with silver to create a princess look in a girl's bedroom. For a more masculine look, pair purple with brown. A rich shade of purple paired with dark wood or black furniture creates an air of sophistication and works well with contemporary or Art Deco furnishings in a teen's or adult's room. And nothing says "royal" like a room adorned in purple with gold touches.

If you like a decorating style that is truly cutting-edge, try mixing purple and red. For a more subtle, earthy look that works well with natural wood furniture, choose a soft green with purple accents.

Indeed, purple makes a great accent color. As a secondary color, it adds depth to a room's decor. Try purple throw pillows, area rugs, drapes or lamps in a white bedroom to add a pop of color with a contemporary flair. Touches in a rich violet can add warmth to a room with a mostly neutral palette.

If you're unsure about going all out with purple, start small: Pick a shade of purple that you like and paint just one wall, or keep your color pop to bed linens and accessories. With a neutral backdrop, simply adding a comforter, pillows and window treatments in purple can turn your room into a purple paradise. Eventually, you may find your taste for purple leading you to bring more of it into your personal space.

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