What Colours Go With Purple ?

What Colours Go With Purple ?

When it comes to decorating your home and choosing paint colours, wallpapers or other decorative items, we all have our own preferences and tastes with regards to colours and colour combinations.

Purple is certainly not everyone's first choice for use in your rooms colour schemes, however, it can be a stunning base or accent colour and you may be surprised by just which colours work well in combination.

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The colour purple is derived from mixing red and blue, two of the three primary colours, the other being yellow.


The colour chart above shows exactly which colours go well with purple and how they look against each other in a simple colour palette. So to answer the question 'What colours go with purple', according to colour theory, the answer is red, blue, yellow, green and orange. However, that doesn't mean that other colours won't also work really well with various shades of purple, like violet and lilac. These are grey, silver and pink.

To show these combinations in reality, we have compiled examples of various rooms that use these colours in different tones to great effect.

Purple Living Room Ideas.

Using purple in your living room, whether that be on the walls, in the furniture, or simply as an accent colour, can add a rich sophisticated and modern look to your space. There are many different tones and shades of purple to choose from, so finding the right one for you is crucial. The first thing to decide is whether you wish to go bold, by using a deep or vibrant purple, or more subtle, by using a soft light violet or pastel lilac shade.

Pink and Deep Purple Living Room


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This first living room design shows just how well different shades of purple and pink can work together to create a cohesive decorative finish. The sumptuous deep aubergine sofa sits perfectly against the soft purple of the painted wall behind, while the regal pink armchair and cushions complement the colour combination perfectly. Finally, the addition of the white cushions with flashes of all the colour accents within the room, brings the whole scheme to life.

Silver and Purple Opulence


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Silver and purple are a classic colour pairing due to their rich opulent look when put together. This room shouts glamour and opulence with abundance ! This would not be possible without the use of purple in this interior design scheme.

Colourful Living Room Decor


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If you love bright and bold colours, you'll love this vibrant, colourful living room design. If you hadn't seen these colours together on this photo, you wouldn't believe that they could work together. But they do ! By not being scared to go all out and use a number of the colours shown on the colour wheel, the finished effect is a beautiful blend of primary and complementary colours that work beautifully together.

Chic Floral Living


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The floral wallpaper alone is a bold statement to make in this relatively small living space. Most people may be tempted to pare this down with white or cream neutral furniture, but that is not the case here ! They have gone all in and added this stunning curved purple sofa, adding accents of pink, yellow and gold within the throw and cushions, to really raise the opulent feel.

Simple Modern Colour Flash


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With a small area like this, you are limited to what you can do to stop it from being just another bland and boring space. However, the home owner has done exactly the right thing by adding this bold purple accent wall.

The mustard yellow side table, orange cushion and wall shelves, along with the matching purple cushion, all subtly tie the design together perfectly. I think it is fair to say that a magnolia wall just wouldn't have done this room justice !

Purple and Yellow in Nature


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These beautiful purple and yellow flowers show how nature uses this pairing of colours together impeccably. If the colours work in nature, they will most definitely work in the home.

Rich and Vibrant Cosiness


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Another great example of how well purple and gold work together in harmony, creating this luxurious but comfortable and cosy living space.

The splash of green in the cushions breaks up the gold and purple and works particularly well against the deep plum purple of the sofa.

It just goes to show that it is not always about adding bold colours to walls, ceilings or skirting boards whilst keeping the furniture neutral. This room turns that theory on its head and it is a triumph of cool modern design.

Grey and Purple Living Room


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A large neutral grey sofa has been used as the main focus of this room, with the main splashes of colour coming from the purple and grey striped wallpaper, footstool and gold seat cover.

The colour combinations of grey, gold, purple and lavender in the furniture, wallpaper and accessories all work in perfect unity, creating an elegant style in this stunning living room.

Purple Bedroom Ideas.

Purple, when used in bedrooms, is often associated with children's rooms, particularly girl's bedrooms. However, as you will see from the following examples, this certainly isn't always the case.

Traditional Purple and Blue Bedroom


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I really love the deep blue tone of the wall colour in this traditional Mediterranean style bedroom design. The pink chair and vintage purple/lavender bed cover pairing perfectly with the walls. The blue in the rugs bringing the whole room together and creating just the right balance of colours.

Girls Pastel and Purple Bedroom


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The basis of this bedrooms interior design is, without doubt, the feature teal and violet walls which butt crisply against each other in the corner of this room.

The light blue of the furniture components compliment the walls perfectly and add a nice colourful contrast.

The space is finished with a simple navy blue seat and accents of the teal and lavender in the rug and bedding, tying the whole theme together.

Bright Red, Blue, Purple and Green Bedroom


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Sunglasses at the ready, this room certainly makes a statement ! Although very bright and colourful, the royal blue, green, red and purple have been used in just the right mix. The white in the headboard, bedsheets, side tables and other walls help to pair back the brightness and just about stop the colours being too overpowering.

Girls Pink and Purple Bedroom


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Any girl would adore this large and airy pink and purple bedroom, especially with the amount of space that is available to play and run around in. The soft pink of the walls is the ideal backdrop for the white, pink and purple furniture elements, while the rugs and work boxes all add to the overall colour palette perfectly.

Boys Purple and Orange Bedroom


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Purple and orange are a winning colour combination for a younger boys bedroom. The designer of this space has mixed and matched them perfectly with thought and design in mind throughout. The orange wall with attached purple storage unit and cool stripy rug are the final flourishes that take this room to the next level.

Purple and Orange in Nature


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These images of a beautiful butterfly and stunning purple and orange flowers show just how well, when paired together, these colour combinations work in nature as they will in home interiors.


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Simplistic Purple Bedroom Decor


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This space is a typical size and shape for many of us today and this example shows how you can add colour to create elegance and take your room to another level.

From a design point of view there is definitely more that can be done, but as far as colours are concerned, the lilac and plum combo on the walls works perfectly.

Carrying on this theme is the purple chair cover and rug which equalise the colour balance.

Stylish Mint and Purple Bathroom


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As colour combinations go, these mint and aubergine purple walls, side by side, is one of my favourite.

Mint is a cool, calming colour which works best in a bathroom setting as opposed to other rooms in the home.

The whole style of this bathroom space screams 1950's glamour. Picking out the purple and mint in the screen and towel finish off the look exquisitely.

What Colour Goes With Purple Walls ?


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So, let's get to the last question we need to cover, 'What colour goes with purple walls ?' The simple answer is, any colour will go with a purple wall. The colour you choose though depends on how brave you are feeling and whether you want to use different tones and shades of purple in a subtle way, or complimentary colours from opposite ends of the colour wheel like orange, yellow or green.

Whatever colour or colours you decide to put with purple, have fun with whatever you choose and try to push your ideas and designs outside of your comfort zone.

After all, you can always start again should it go totally wrong !