How perfect is that for my blog? Wish I had found it first, but it's so perfect that I had to borrow it and post it here as well.
Two 18th-century French chairs preside over this Caribbean-blue living room, along with a Directoire canape. From Southern Living magazine. Photo: Pieter Estersohn; Designer: Eric Prokesh.
Norman McCrary designed this beautiful glamorous living room, with it's mirrors, lilac carpeting and white furnishings. Notice how they tied in the champagne colored pillows on the sofa on the right with the trim on the chairs at the dining table.
Even Walmart is selecting purple for their awnings for their new roll-out local grocery stores called Marketside.
Geoffrey Bradfield used purple furnishings in this living room as a complementary color to the wood floors and panels in the room. Architectural Digest.
Here is a very modern kitchen from the HGTV website where the walls are painted purple (DKC #36). Designer D.D. Allen chose to use grey concrete floors, stainless steel appliances and a very cool hydraulic breakfast table to give the room a sleek feel.
Purple and gold give this dining room a regal effect. Interior designer Yvonne Lane. Architectural Digest.
Alexandra Loew and Lauren Soloff from The Desk of Lola made this corridor a main attraction by adding plain and patterned purple.
This Phoenix, Arizona, front yard was transformed from a sea of gravel to a courtyard designed for outdoor living. Sunset Magazine.
Harrod's Creek Idea House in Austin, Texas. This teenage girl "eclectic" bedroom is dominated by shades of purple. Instead of a headboard, lightweight fabric covers the entire wall behind the bed. Southern Living magazine.
This room has a strong purple wall with accents of blue, green, and orange. Because the other colors in the space are not as strong (well, except for the orange chair), it allows the purple to standout.
I love this bedroom, even though this is the only view we have of it. But, what works here is the simply drawn purple flowers on the white spread and the wonderful pea green lamps. Again the white furnishings (headboard and side tables) give a nuetral palette so the strong purple can dominate the room and not compete.
Here are some pointers when using purple;