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Why purple makes me blue

I struggle with the colour purple when it comes to interiors.  It seems to be a hard one to get right.  In principle it's a wonderful, rich colour - great when it comes to flowers and minerals and may be fashion for example.

Having done a little bit of research on the colour, to try and understand what goes on emotionally and psychologically, I've discovered that because purple is a very rare colour in nature, it can be considered artificial.  Nature is very important and inspires me so that explanation makes some sense.  The folks at say dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings and can cause frustration, so based on this explanation it's perhaps understandable that I don't feel 'at one' with it.

I wonder whether it's because of the vast options in tones, shades and hues.  The pale powdery lavenders and pretty feminine lilacs are undeniably simple to use within a scheme and are easier to live with. Done well, deep indigos and violets offer a moody dramatic version although difficult to pull off. Farrow & Ball's Pelt or Brinjal are smart handsome colours that I'd really like to see, being F&B you'd expect them to do well in a scheme.

I spent a couple of hours looking through my interiors magazines and the internet to find an inspiring purple interior that would dispel my views and found nothing.  But.... I know that I've thought about this many times before and upon review of my Pinterest boards, I found it, a purple interior I pinned recently that I absolutely love.

Credit - Lauren Sodolak

 Why do I love it?  Because it is a risky and unusual vivid purple that's then seemingly overshadowed by a mass of gorgeous glowing gold, eclectic furniture and accessories. A combination of shapes, colours, styles and textures.  Sounds so wrong, yet when it's all pieced together, it's absolutely right.

So, that's the answer.  Take a purple and mix it in equal measures with a colour that can stand beautifully on it's own alongside it, then chuck in some eclectic accessories... I'm off to experiment.