Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Current Design Trends - Purple!

I was just surfing over at http://www.sfgirlbybay.blogspot.com/ (really fun blog, which I love) and her latest post had this picture....

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.

Although the popular color of purple has been on the design radar screen since about March or April of this year, I would like to throw my hat in the arena as another fan who loves this trend! Purple is showing up in interior design, fashion, textiles, flowers, everywhere! So, I thought I would post a couple of pics that I am finding out there on the world wide web for your entertainment and to keep you updated on what's hot right now!

I have to admit that I've never been a big purple fan. But after seeing it's many uses here and the hues that are used, I'm quickly becoming smitten...

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.

Chloe Bay leather bag. Very small, very cute, very purple. Love it!

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.

Purple Flokati Rug by Target Stores.

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.

A beautiful raised purple velvet on silvery background wallpaper.

Interior designer Susan Symonds. (Ralph Lauren Lilac GH41) — the perfect backdrop for the room's 180-degree ocean view.
A hand-silkscreened purple pillow from Los Angeles design studio Amenity Home. Made from luxurious 100% Belgian linen, this 12x20 inch pillow also comes in a square, 18x18 inch style for $54.99.

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.

Below the hallway's chair rail, the walls are painted ICI's # 1656 (Needlepoint) in a flat finish. Above, the designers added Osborne + Little's Dusa wallpaper from the Boheme collection in a mauve on cream (colorway #3).

This Phoenix, Arizona, front yard was transformed from a sea of gravel to a courtyard designed for outdoor living. Sunset Magazine.

What is wonderful about this dining room, designed for Vartan and Clare Gregorian, educators, humanitarians and philanthropic leaders, is the bold choice of wallpaper. A map of ancient Persia is painted on the wall. The settee fabrics are from Manuel Canovas. Larsen drapery fabrics. Interior Design by Gayle Wells Mandle and James Brayton Hall. Architectural Digest.

Foyer of Stephen Knollenberg's cottage home in Douglas, Michigan. Mr. Knollenberg is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers. He designs cleanly and aesthetically accurate to my eye! Here he gives the foyer a punch of color with these lovely purple hydrangeas.

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.

The slightly subtle purple pieces in this space blend nicely with the moroccan pieces in the room. Nicely offset by the blue wallcovering. The yellow gives the room the punch that it needs.

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;

Purples are also very regal and can look very sophisticated when used properly. I prefer this color on furniture and accessories. Use on one or two pieces in a richer shade for a more mature, luxurious look. Sometimes when a room is painted a lighter purple, it can appear too juvenile looking. If you are set on using a lighter purple, be sure to have masculine elements to offset the look of a too-girly space. (from swanklighting.com)


Cote de Texas said...

What a wonderful post on purple. my favorite shade has a little pink in it. or red I probably should say.

Love the picture of the foyer with just the touch of color in the flowers.

great post!

Linda Lou said...

Purple is my all time favorite color in the world. Love the purse, I've been shopping for a new purple purse lately, can't afford that one though. Glad to see I can take out all my old purple sweaters coz they are "in" again. Enjoy all the great pics!!

Things That Inspire said...

Great post! My daughter insisted on a purple room, so we went with a periwinkle hue.

I can't imagine using purple as part of my 1st floor color scheme, but loved seeing all of these images (many of which I had never seen before).

Anonymous said...

I love the last purple room, with the white furniture! Where is the bedspread from?

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Sochrissysays.... I am sorry, but I don't have the reference information for that last bedspread! I will try to find it and if so, will post it here for you in the near future! Tried to click on your link, but it deadends.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for looking! I've been looking for a simple bedspread for awhile, but I really love this one!

Jess said...

Hi Miss Rebecca,
I'm trying to re-do my bedroom, and your blog has got me interested in purple. I fell in love with that picture you posted of the white bedspread with the two purple flowers, and I was hoping you could tell me where I could find one, or a website I could order one from.
Thanks so much,

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Hi Jess... I've had two requests for the source for this bedspread. I don't have an answer for you yet... but am looking still! When I find out I will post it!

Anonymous said...

Hello - just found your blog and this lovely 'purple post'.
I saw the queries re the bedspread in the final picture - perhaps if you backtrack to where you found the picture in the first place, you will find the source? Just an idea.

If not, then I'd like to recommend you all to have a look at very talented Lotta Helleberg's website - http://www.inleafdesign.com/ - she does designs very similar to this. Ask her and she might make bedlinen or spreads too...

Good luck!

noey said...

hello...i love the color on the walls of that last room. do you know exactly what color that is? i went shopping for paint and theres so many shades of purple and thats exactly what i want. please help.

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Noey... I do not know the color of the walls. But, I would start with "eggplant" in searching for the right hue. That's what it looks like to me.

Good luck in your search. I hope you find it!

Giulia said...

In the room with the moroccan pieces, do you happen to know what is on the walls? I LOVE the look.
Is it wallpaper or paint, and do you know where I could find it?
Thanks so much!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Hi Giulia,

I do not know what the wall treatment is in that Moroccan styled room. However, it looks like wallpaper to me. I suggest you print out the picture and take it down to your local wallpaper store (or a Home Depot or Lowes) and look through some of the wallpaper books to see if you can find a match. Good luck!


Lisa Diane said...

Does anyone know where you can get the morrocan sofa in the one pic?? It is AMAZING.

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Anonymous said...

Hi! I am dying for the purple and silver wallpaper for my daughter's room!! I am not sure how long these posts have been up. Can you tell me where it is from? Fabulous ideas, thanks!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Hi 944fd.... ?

I wish I could direct you to a source. The photos did not have the information posted in the tags unfortunately. Print out the photo and take it to your local home decor (Home Depot/Lowe's, etc) store and see if they have it. Or hire a designer, who has access to nicer wallpaper lines through their to-the-trade only resources. Good luck!


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Joy Bennett said...

i love that room with the white comforter with the purple flowers... where can i find it at.. i have been searching everywhere and cant seem to find it.

Claudia said...

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