In homage to Prince, the brand Pantone has added a new colour to its colour chart called Love Symbol # 2. This unique hue is a dense purple that evokes the legendary album Purple Rain released in 1984, the costume and even the artist’s piano. But although this mysterious purple shines on stage, we must admit that it sometimes has difficulty finding its place inside the home. Purple is indeed often shunned in décor because it’s not easy to use. Where to place it? What style should you pair it with and with what other colours does it match? The answers…

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How to use purple?

As a complete look on the walls, it creates an intimate atmosphere. Saying that, it’s preferable to apply a matt or shaded coat of paint onto a single wall panel to avoid overdoing it and creating an old-fashioned atmosphere. On the other hand, purple is perfectly suited for home textiles, such as bed linen, cushions or curtains; it is effortlessly elegant when paired with linens, silk, and velvet. Purple also highlights any unique pieces of furniture; it’s perfect for covering an old armchair for example.

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Which decorative styles pair well with purple?

Purple blends well with baroque, ethnic or industrial styles and it brings a defining touch to modern interiors and retro ones that evoke the 50’s.

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What colours associate well with purple?

Purple likes contrasts, which is why it forms a fun and vibrant duet when paired with mustard yellow, turquoise blue or orange red. Combined with copper, gold or bronze, it takes on a more sophisticated look, and accompanied by neutral and clear tints, such as white, grey, beige or powdered pink, it brings a certain boldness.

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