Decorating with violet without overdoing it
Chic and elegant, violet has long been associated with royalty. In the Middle Ages, this rich and vibrant colour was extracted from molluscs, making it rare and costly. These days, darker shades of violet are still associated with luxury, whereas lighter shades promote calm. Here are a few ideas to decorate with violet.
A rich colour, violet becomes even more luxurious when combined with complementary colours, such as green or turquoise. In a neutral space, add some colour with cushions, for example, to highlight the curves of your furniture and add vitality to your decor.
The darker the shade, the more formal the look. To tone down this royal-like atmosphere, add white decorative frames to your wall, or light coloured accessories to balance out the look.
When decorating small areas, such as powder rooms or walk-in closets, don’t be afraid to overdo it. In a closet, for example, adding wallpaper to the ceiling creates a jewelled effect without being overpowering.
Add luxury and comfort to a room with rich, velvety fabrics. You can never go wrong with velvet, chenille, fake fur, and wool: sensible choices that are easily juxtaposed.
Violet can also easily be used to create a very contemporary look, or a modern, minimalist decor. To achieve this, stay away from washed out shades of violet, such as lilac, periwinkle, cyclamen, lavender, or mauve. Instead, choose more saturated colours with red undertones, such as eggplant, purple, and plum, or colours with blue undertones, such as amethyst, deep purple, or indigo.