Purple: The most regal color of them all – and the one most fun to decorate with in bedrooms. Purple is relaxing, calming, peaceful (and every other synonym you can think of)! It evokes feelings of youth (remember the days when pink and purple were the colors of your favorite toys and playthings?), but in muted shades it’s sophisticated and timeless. It also resonates positive images: What’s better than a hazy purple glow of a sunset or the new bloom of a lavender flower? If you can’t tell by now, we love purple. Here, we show you just how to bring it home to your bedroom – through bedding, throws, accents, paint colors and more!
To get the look above, start with a neutral bed. If you know you’re going to be laying on the colors, try a grey bed or other light color – the lighter the neutral, the more it will highlight the surrounding colors. Then, choose an area rug; since this will be covering the majority of your floor, you’ll want to go darker to prevent a washed-out feel. For the next step, you’ll want to think about the color of your walls; shown here, a bright white panel wall plays off the grey bed and provides a crisp backdrop for the bedding. (Also note, in the very back corner, the peach curtains – brightened with the natural light and just another example of how color is “sneaked” into this bedroom!) Framed wall art in a boho blue print here also adds to the overall fun, laidback charm. Then, finally, comes the fun part: the bedding! (Because the rug and the wall art already provide a pop of pattern, this bedroom’s bedding set is kept clean and minimal – but still bright for a playful feel.) On its own, each detail might not feel that “fun” or exciting, but when combined together forms a stunning bedroom aesthetic.
2. Purple Bedding
What Is the Color Meaning of Purple?
The title and introduction of this article references the regality of purple – and there’s a reason for it. Purple has long been associated with royalty. True story: Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone except members of her elite family circle to wear it! Why would she do such a thing? Purple was, even back then, a sign of wealth, specifically because of the cost of the dyes that were originally needed to produce the color. In other words, any sort of purple color, especially in upholstery and clothing, was expensive. The commoners couldn’t access it, and even most higher-class individuals couldn’t luxuriate in it without spending ridiculous sums of money. (Purple dye wasn’t just costly, it was also rare, stemming from a city in Phoenecia called Tyre (today called Lebanon). The dye came from a small mollusk species found only in that area.)
Decorating with Purple
Back then, purple was extremely elite; now, it still carries nuances of regality, but in a more positive light. It’s the color of sophistication and class. (In terms of how it’s made, it’s a combination of red and blue – the former a symbol of passion and the latter a symbol of serenity.) Most of the things in life that are purple, such as flowers, the certain way a sun can set, butterflies’ wings and certain species of exotic birds, are regarded as beautiful. Purple is definitely one of the rarer colors in nature, and when it does appear produces awe and wonder. In the home, this carries over. Purple throw pillows and blankets create a sense of peacefulness and almost mysticism. In the bedroom, its color associations fit in beautifully. Crank the shade up a notch to a vibrant almost-pink hue for a teen or child’s bedroom; mute it down to levels of almost grey for a more “grown-up” elegance.