Why is purple our colour of the month?
Purple is unique, creative and spiritual – just like the people it appeals to. It’s also one of the characteristic colours of Easter. That’s why it’s our April Colour of the Month... and also a star colour on the cover of the latest Plascon SPACES magazine.
What’s on-trend about purple?
In times of turmoil and uncertainty we’re automatically drawn to colours with calming, spiritual and mysterious qualities. Purple fits the bill perfectly. So it’s no wonder we’re seeing so much of it right now – from catwalks and cosmetics to fabrics and furniture. In particular, we’re seeing purples that stem from nature – especially the deep ones that colour dramatic sunsets, ripe aubergines and fertile vineyards from grape to wine.
Are you a purple person?
Purple personalities are often unusual, but always interesting. They’re also...
• Creative – many painters, poets, writers and musicians have a natural attraction to purple
• Wise and kind – which is why they also make great teachers
• Natural leaders – they’re self-confident and more likely to be self-employed
Is purple right for you?
Purple comes in a range of shades and forms. Ask yourself what mood you want to create, then find the right one for you...
- Deep purples are rich, regal and sophisticated
- Lighter ones like lavender, amethyst and orchid are more delicate and calming
- Redder purples are more exciting and intense
- While bluer purples are more subdued and serene
- Little girls may prefer purples that are slightly skewed to pink
Is it right for your room?
- THE BEDROOM is a perfect space for pale and more relaxing purples like lavender and violet
- KITCHENS AND DINING ROOMS do well with plums and aubergine that lend sophistication while also creating a warm and cosy feel
- NOTE: Grape-toned purples can also look very sophisticated and the cool tones work particularly well in warm climates
Plascon’s favourite purples...
- Dark purples – Burgundy Berry P7-C1-1, Regal Bloom P3-A1-1
- Gentle purples – Heather Ash P4-C2-2, Pebble Path P1-C2-2
- Intense and enigmatic – Wink P7-D1-3 from the Mystery Palette in the Plascon 2012 Forecast
PLUS: Get more colours and ideas in the lovely Purple Inspiration brochure available at your Plascon retailer.
What colours make it work better?
Purple is more versatile than you’d expect...
- YELLOW – it’s purple’s complementary colour, so add a few yellow accents (such as flowers) to pump up the purple in a room
- GOLD – glitzy accents will have the same effect as splashes of yellow.
- SILVER – works very well with bluer shades of purple
- GREEN – makes a great partner for purple and balances a scheme beautifully
- GREY, TAUPE, BROWN AND NATURALS – passionate purple gives neutrals a much-needed lift
Tips on using it in your home…
- You don’t need to cover your entire space in purple. It’s a great accent colour – so rather use it on an impactful feature wall, a section of your kitchen or a well-positioned cabinet.
- It’s also perfect for colour blocking – use it in flat areas alongside other colours of your choice.
- Purple makes a strong statement when used in accessories from scatter cushions to a statement chair.
- Lighter shades like lavender and lilac are such interesting colours – watch them change with the light and go from pink to grey depending on the time of the day.