Purple combines the excitement of red with the tranquility of blue, making it the most complex colour of the rainbow. It is a regal colour, associated with creativity, dignity and joy. Deep or bright purples have connotations of riches while lighter shades such as lavender are more romantic and feminine. In décor, rich purples can lend an air of luxury and mystery to a room. It is best for focus walls and bedrooms but touches of purple can also work well in other sumptuously appointed rooms.
Purple evokes associations with spirituality and nobility; it is the colour of ceremony, mystery and wisdom. Purple, like orange, stimulates thinking and the two are often used together. People who love this colour are usually very creative and like to express themselves in artistic ways. They are leaders, not followers and tend to make gifted poets, painters and musicians, and excellent teachers because their understanding of life is about more than simply facts and figures.
Purple can be overpowering and, when overused, can easily appear artificial and contrived.
Tan and beige: used with deep eggplant purple, these colours create an earthy, conservative colour combination
Green: bright green with an equally jewel-like purple is striking, while a combination of lighter shades evokes a springtime feeling
Pink: pink and purple – every young girl’s dream.