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Decorating With Purple
was featured in
Order in the House

March 2012


Decorating With Purple

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Perhaps one of the most pleasing palettes, analogous colors reside right next to each other on the color wheel. For example, a purple analogous color scheme includes blue-purple and purple-red. Since they share a common component, these hues always look good together.

A perfect choice for a guest room, analogous colors are often found in nature and are known for being easy on the eyes. Blue-purple and purple-red are next to true purple on the color wheel and when these shades combine, the result is one gorgeous space!

When it comes to choosing your furniture for an analogous scheme in which purple plays the starring role, consider a crisp white set. White is neutral enough to let your pretty palette shine through.

What's unique about this bedroom is that it's airy and inviting all at once. Rather than choosing lilac or lavender for the walls, we went with an even lighter purple-red ting. This sweet hue (found on the very center of the color wheel), feels so reminiscent of spring. Meanwhile, rich purple-red linens and throw pillows help pull the look together. As for blue-purple, it makes an appearance in the wall décor and silk floral arrangements, though ever so subtly.

Remember that when you're working with an analogous color scheme, one color should stand out while the other two play supporting roles. This little trick actually makes each of the three colors command equal attention because they are featured in different amounts.

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