Plum, amethyst, violet, lavender, mauve – whichever shade you go for everyone’s talking about the colour purple.
A mix of red and blue, purple combines their hot and cold properties, making it the ideal colour for any room. Mysterious with a hint of magic about it, purple also works with any number of colour combinations to create a myriad of different looks.
Hues of pale lavender for example create a soft feel which is ideal for a bedroom or guest room.
The Enchante Boheme in mauve from Barker and Stonehouse is a beautiful French style chest of drawers with pretty edge detailing. Pair with the matching bedside and add bedding in lilac shades for a romantic look. A floral cushion such as the Samantha in damson will pull the look together and introduce a hint of pink into the colour scheme too.
At the other end of the spectrum, shades like amethyst work well with other jewel tones such as teal and sapphire. The Dietrich is one of our winter favourites, a stunning plush velvet sofa in plum it is glamorous and supremely comfortable.
Don’t be scared off by the drama of deep purple, it’s perfect for creating a cosy and inviting living room, particularly when teamed with orange or yellow.
Ideal Home used flashes of hot orange as an accent to purple in its November issue for a warm and cosy take on the look.
Pick up the terracotta with some hot orange accessories such as gorgeous Touron handmade stoneware which is glazed for a firey orange finish.
And get the best of both worlds with the Hedley rug, which blends violet, dark rose and terracotta in stylish diagonal stripes of luxurious wool yarns.
Dark purple is too strong a colour to paint all your walls in so try a feature wall in Graham and Brown’s Damson in Distress for a pop of colour which isn’t too overpowering.
Purple was also all over the catwalks at New York and London fashion weeks and is set to be a big trend for spring 2013 – so get your home catwalk ready ahead of the rest of the fashion pack.