The Color Purple in Decorating and Fine Art

A Beautiful Life Framed Art

A Beautiful Life, museum quality art print from

Purple is the color of the spiritual magician and the enlightened creative artist.

Purple vibrates in a more rarified color atmosphere, making it a bit other-worldly.

Purple flowers and tree blossoms almost have a supernatural quality. They are regal and dignified in a way that is both calming, yet euphoric.

Red and blue are the two primary colors that create purple, making it a secondary color. It holds a blend of psychological qualities from both.

There is a rich freshness to purple which tends to make it easy to live with, in its more moderate shades.

The color wheel is a visual tool that provides a variety of schemes for decorating in each color.

The colors on the color wheel are pure, so they are intense. These colors would be toned down to varying degrees for decorating purposes, but they still come from the same basic families of color.

Yellow is purple’s complement, because it is directly opposite purple on the color wheel.

On either side of yellow is a warm yellow-orange and yellow green. The combination of purple with yellow-orange and yellow-green is called a split-complementary color combination.

Blue-purple and red-purple are on either side of purple on the color wheel. The combination of those three are called an analogous color scheme. It is a harmonious combination.

The two next steps beyond blue-purple and red-purple on the color wheel are blue and red. Purple, blue and red are a split-analogous color combination.

A bold color scheme for purple on the color wheel is called a triad, which is a set of three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel like a triangle. A triad which includes purple would be the addition of the colors green and orange.

Colors in a scheme should contrast one another.

If purple is the most dominant color in a triadic scheme, it would show best as the darkest shade of the three colors. If green is secondary in the color scheme, its shade should be lighter than purple to the extent that it is easy to see the contrast. In this instance, orange would be the lightest of the three colors.

If painting the trim of a room with a light, high key contrast is desired, white with a touch of yellow-orange would nicely complement both purple and green. This is to show that the members of a color scheme can be altered to a great degree and still remain true to the original color combination.

Fabrics present a myriad of combinations from which to draw for wall color choices.

One way to explore the possible choices of your purple room is to seek out your fabrics first. It may be that your textiles, even an area rug, might be how you present your purple, while the wall colors complement them.

Purple used as an accent color makes it possible to use the color in a more intense form than if the room was predominantly that color. It is good to remember that even a toned down version of purple might make a strong statement.

When seeking out a true purple, try out blue-purple and red-purple color samples as well. When shopping at the decorating store, it is sometimes a good idea to choose color samples which you might not have normally picked. Bring them home with the one’s you are most interested in- you might be surprised.

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Leagh Janell is passionate about fine art and decorating. His 30 years as a fine artist and decorative artist for a high profile clientele have afforded him some authority in those fields. At present, Mr. Janell writes for Framed Art Decor.


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