Written by Victoria Purcell

Colour palette: Purple décor ideas

Purple décor is back in a big way. Shades from fig to plum and dusky mauves are perfect for creating a cosy home in autumn and winter, but it’s a bold colour, so start with a few purple decorative accessories before graduating to purple furnishings and feature walls. Good Homes magazine enters the purple patch of home decor inspiration…

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1. The purple paint job

This purple feature wall, painted in Dulux Acia one coat matt (£18 per 1ltr from B&Q), truly hits the purple décor patch. For a similar vanity unit and basin try Hemnes/Rättviken washstand with two drawers and Runskär tap (£364 from Ikea) with SlaskaLAB leather drawer pulls in natural (£5.86 each from Etsy). For a similar mirror try Bex (£55 from Made.com). For a similar wall light try Brooklyn glass funnel wall light (£79 from Industville). For similar wall tiles try Artisau gloss 25x5cm white tiles (£62.40 per sqm from Topps Tiles). For a similar stool try the beige/mango wood round stool (£49.99 from H&M HOME).

Looking for feature wall ideas? Click here to check out the top 10 feature walls on Instagram as researched by Dulux.

Purple feature wall in a bathroom with white tiles, white vanity unit and large round mirror

Feature wall painted in Dulux Acia one coat matt. Photo: B&Q

2. Complimentary colours

Full-bodied berry shades like plum, damson and grape look fabulous when teamed with green tones. Go darker for depth, or cool down a warm palette with a softer, chalky hue. Below: Bottle of Bordeaux matt paint from Benjamin Moore (£29 per 0.94ltrs, pictured top) paired with Japanese Maze 4 by Dulux (£30.04 per 2,5ltrs of mixing matt emulsion, pictured bottom).

Purple paint with green paint accent - plum and pistachio is a great paint pairing

Top paint swatch Benjamin Moore; bottom paint swatch, Dulux

3. Plum prints

Wall flowers need not apply when it comes to this tropical wallpaper from Lust Home. The Honolulu print wallpaper in sage green, plum and stone (£42 per 3.6 sqm roll) is a bold way to incorporate purple decor into your scheme. It features cascading leaves in luscious sage green, plum and stone – ideal for creating an island sanctuary in a relaxing space such as your bathroom or bedroom.

Tropical wallpaper from Lust Home in Honolulu (sage green, plum and stone)

Photo: Lush Home

4. Statement sofa

The French Connection Camden four-seater sofa is available in 12 colours – including this striking shade of plum (£999 from DFS). You can also get it in a velvet finish, with or without scatter cushions, and with light, medium or dark feet, so you can tailor it as your colour scheme demands. You can also opt for Contour Comfort Dual Layer Memory Foam cushions, which respond to your body’s contours for extra comfort and support.

French Connection Camden four-seater purple sofa from DFS

Photo: DFS

5. Matte velvet bedspread

Matte Velvet Nordic Dark duvet cover and pillowcase set (£55-£75 from Next) is a great way to embrace the purple decor trend as we seek to create a cosy bedroom sanctuary for winter. The entire Nordic Dark collection is perfect for the cooler months, pairing an industrial chic mixed metallic furniture with a rich textile colour palette of blush tones and dark greys.

Purple and grey velvet duvet cover set from Next

Photo: Next

6. Purple throw

If you don’t need a new set of bedding this winter, upgrade what you have with a throw. This Damson Gin wool throw (£69 from Tolly McRae) weaves a purple hue with cream in a large herringbone pattern, so that you can ease yourself gently into this bold colour trend. As well as extra warmth while you snooze, this throw is ideal for draping over armchairs and sofas.

Purple and cream herringbone wool throw with fringe from Tolly McCrae

Photo: Tolly McCrae

7. Colourful kitchen accessories

The Mesmerine breakfast collection takes the colour purple into the kitchen. The colourful diamond pattern contrasts with the chrome top, and it’s practical as well as pretty – the toaster has a dial for adjusting browning levels, along with defrost, reheat and cancel functions, while the 1.6L kettle has boil-dry protection and a limescale filter. £129.98 each from Kenwood and available in a range of colours.

Purple kettle and toaster from Kenwood

Photo: Kenwood

8. Sugar plum

Match your new purple kettle and toaster with a mauve glass sugar pot (£9.50 from Oliver Bonas). The subtle cut-crystal design in soda lime glass has the word ‘sugar’ inscribed and even comes complete with a contrasting clear glass spoon. It’s dishwasher safe, too.

Purple glass sugar pot with glass spoon from Oliver Bonas

Photo: Oliver Bonas

9. Stoneware jug

The ornamental Maya stoneware jug by Bloomingville (£29.90 from Beaumonde) has a subtle purple print that will compliment any other fig, plum or dusky mauve decor additions to your home. Use it as a water jug, wine carafe or simply add flowers to liven up your dining table or kitchen island. It’s dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Purple pattern stoneware water jug from Beaumonde

Photo: Beaumonde


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