The Color Purple

The Westin Paris is one of the most beautifully designed hotels in all of France, representing the perfect balance between Parisian influence and the latest in contemporary design. Given its deep history with the royal families of France, it is no surprise that they would choose a palette of different shades of purple to decorate the rooms and suites. The luxurious purple velvets and silks that adorn the furniture and windows exemplify the refined beauty, elegance, and royalty of the color purple. The variety of different shades of purple gives it a dynamism that makes it suitable for nearly every style or time period. Lilac, Iris, Mauve, Violet, Lavender, and Heather all represent the softer side of purple and create a very refined, delicate and romantic feel, while deep or bright purples such as Aubergine, Grape, Plum, and Eggplant create a bold more dramatic statement. Whether a strong deep hue or a soft creamy tone, purple has proven to outlive all other color trends in fashion, cosmetics, and interior design; impressing designers and royalty alike with its timeless beauty and unmatched elegance.

This is my absolute favorite bedroom! The purple accent pieces add a touch of color to the all-white palette and serve as a beautiful complement to the pink. This is a perfect example of how even minimal amounts of purple can transform a space, adding elegance, sophistication, and a touch of femininity.

This is an ultra chic living room with the silk pillows, velvet couch and glass coffee table. The floor to ceiling silk drapes create a dramatic backdrop and emphasize the tall ceilings and oversized windows.

Elle Decor. This very feminine office space creates a beautiful balance between modern and traditional with the A-frame desk and paneled walls against the zebra print rug and modern desk lamp.

As with fashion, a rich purple looks great with gold accessories. The purple walls in this space are not the focal point, but rather serve as a backdrop to the art galleries that fill the walls. Filling the wall with artwork all the way up to the ceiling makes the space feel taller and gives the artwork a wallpaper-like feeling.

This tufted sleigh bed is absolutely beautiful! There are a lot of different shades of purple in this space, but keeping the fabrics solid, rather than patterned, prevents the color from being overwhelming.

Purple upholstered dining chairs is an easy way to add a touch of color, and I love the look of white dining chairs with a natural wood table. The purple also adds a touch of royalty to the entire dining experience.

Lilac looks beautiful when paired with cream or khaki. I love the combination of different prints and textures in this space...the graphic pillows, striped ottomans, velvet chair, sheepskin rug, and oversized striped walls. The stripes are soft enough that they don't overpower the space and allow you to also focus your attention on the beautiful furnishings.

Ralph Lauren Home Embassy Purple paint. The purple walls are such a deep hue that they serve as almost a black-like backdrop, allowing the all-white chandelier to pop. Using such a dark purple is a brave move, but keeping everything else in the room neutral helps to tone down the intensity of the main color.

Amanda Nesbit. I love the soft lilac against the bright white and black accents. The silk sheets and scalloped shams just add to the room's elegance and femininity. The Delano bedding collection by Matouk is very similar, go to

It's amazing how such a simple piece of painted plywood can make for a very dramatic piece of artwork. A perfect example of how purple has the power to bring refinement, beauty, and sophistication into any space. I love the white paneled walls and dentil molding.

This space has a very vintage feel to it with the unfinished wood paneled floors, leather armchair, and shabby chic velvet couch. This is a perfect example of how, despite the refined elegance of purple, it is dynamic enough to work with any style or aesthetic.

This room uses such a simple color palette of white and lilac, and yet it is very elegant and sophisticated. The black antique chandelier adds a gothic feel to the otherwise contemporary space.

Molly Sim's dining room is unquestionably chic with the oversized crystal chandelier and addition of high sheen gray walls. Slate gray is a great complementary color to purple, bringing out the bluish tones inherent in purple.

The purple dresser of drawers adds a fun element of surprise as guests enter the home. The space is both traditional and rustic, and yet purple seems to fit perfectly with both styles.

If these spaces don’t inspire you, perhaps you will have to make a trip to Paris and see for yourself…

Westin Paris Hotel, France.


3 responses to “The Color Purple

  1. this is fantastic. I would love to see more examples. Purple is a wonderful color and love to see it in many different settings..!!

    Merci! Grazi! Muchas Gracias!!

    Alanna Dittoe

  2. Leila Lei

    I am so in love with velvet furnitures and of course the colour purple!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing these beauties!

  3. I seriously love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you make
    this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own website and would love to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Kudos!

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