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Decorating Bedrooms with Purple
Purple seems to stir up strong emotions: people either love it or they hate it. Because of that, it’s not one of the most common colors used to decorate the master bedroom -- many people only think of it as appropriate for a child’s bedroom, or an over-the-top feminine flouncy space. And that’s a shame, because actually, when done right, purple can be quite sophisticated and contemporary in the master bedroom, and just as appealing to men as to women. If you love all things purple, give the 10 bedrooms shown here a look. You’re sure to find some inspiration for your own room, whether you go all-out with purple, or merely use it as an accent. The room featured here is from Dalia Canora Design.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Dark Purple Bedroom Walls
Although some purple-lovers choose to play it safe with a pastel tint of the dramatic hue on their bedroom walls, you shouldn’t be afraid to use a rich, deep purple like the one shown here. The high-contrast palette – dark purple, bright blue, and white – creates a soothing yet contemporary look in this stylish bedroom by Annsley Interiors. And don’t think that dark walls are only for brightly-lit bedrooms; actually, dark walls are perfect for a dimly-lit room as the saturated color holds its own regardless of light intensity.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Purple's Softer Side
Take purple's intensity down a notch or two, and you get soothing color that is far more interesting than plain neutrals, and yet not too loud or brash. As a cool color, purple has a naturally calming vibe, and so is well suited to the bedroom. Here, the softest purple tints the walls, while the lovely purple bed, window treatments, bench, and accent pillows are soft and romantic. This pretty bedroom is from Barlow Reid Design Inc.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Purple Goes All Out in the Bedroom
If you truly love purple, then throw caution to the wind and go all out. Why not even paint your ceiling purple, as Amanda Nisbet Design does to such great effect in this pattern-filled, open and airy bedroom? By limiting the palette to mostly purple and white, with just a little bit of accent color in the smaller furnishings, the overall vibe is fresh and light, not overwhelming. This is a great way to combine lots of patterns no matter what your color scheme. So pretty!Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Purple Gets Sophisticated in the Bedroom
If you still think of purple as childish or only suitable for an overly dramatic space, then this bedroom from Weitzman Halpern Interior Design should go far in dispelling those misconceptions. Combine bold purple walls with sleek and contemporary furniture, avoid any unnecessary clutter or fuss, provide just the smallest touch of accent color, and voila! A sophisticated, contemporary bedroom that is definitely for grownups.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Purple Gets a Little Glamorous
Combine muted shades of purple with touches of metallic shine, and you end up with a glamorous bedroom that looks expensive and sophisticated, not gaudy or overdone. In this room from Verandah House Interiors, mirrored nightstands and a beautiful silver sunburst mirror add plenty of shine. The quiet purple of the headboard, simple throw pillows, and quiet color scheme keep the room luxe, not busy.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Purple as an Accent Color
Sometimes, a little bit of purple is just enough, as in this gorgeous bedroom from Taylor Borsari Inc. Look how the touches of purple in the bedding and throw pillows add a dash of interest to an otherwise neutral palette. Absolutely perfect. You could spice up any palette of neutrals, a white bedroom, or a gray space in the same way.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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When you combine milky, pastel tints of blue and purple, you create a tranquil, soothing vibe that works well with many decorating themes from casual to contemporary. The cool colors of blue, green and purple are known for their relaxing properties. But when working with muted colors of equal intensity, don't forget to add a little contrast--such as decorative pillows with a fun pattern--to keep the room from becoming too monotonous or boring. The beautiful and relaxing bedroom featured here is from Nightingale Design.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Decorating a Small Bedroom With Purple
If your bedroom is very small, or you want to set up a guest bedroom in a small space, think purple, and take a few tips from this lovely bedroom from Beach Chic Design. Clean white walls and window treatments visually open the space, while the shaggy rug and ottomans add plenty of texture. But it's the limited palette -- basically just white, purple, and gray -- that really help make this small space look cozy, not cramped.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Purple Makes a Statement
"Wow!" That's the best word to sum up this gloriously bold purple bedroom from Erika Bonnell Interiors. From the oversize purple upholstered bed to the stunning inlaid bedside dressers to the zebra bench to the lilac walls and ceiling, every inch of this room says, "Someone special lives here."
Article updated by Michelle Ullman