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{colour inspiration: purple reign}

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Whether it’s shades of lilac, lavender, plum, puce, thistle, orchid, aubergine, wine, magenta, violet, mauve, indigo or amethyst, purple is everywhere, from shimmery blouses, to loveseats, be-ribboned sandals, and accent walls. It is associated with royalty, regality, and nobility, believed to be Cleopatra’s favourite colour and is included in The Washington Post’s Fall Forecast.

While the luxurious and royally vibrant shades may hang in my closet, have only ever been adventurous enough to consider the soft, romantic, and delicate hues of lilac and lavender for décor . . .





{amethyst table lamp by McCoy Design at vivre}
{Oscar de la Renta Crystal ribbon sandals}

{see also Patricia’s beautiful post on purple}

{images: 1 – Vogue Italia October 2003, photography by Steve Hiett via déModé; 2 – via apartment therapy; 3 – via desire to inspire; 4 – via scout-holiday; 5 – kristaomic; 6 – john janik; 7 – joanna reyes for vicente villarin; 8 – Miles Redd room via domino; 9 – marie claire maison via classic style in the city; 10 – Editorial: Dinner at 8; Vogue Italia May 2008; Photographer: Steven Miesel; Model: Natalia Vodianova; 11 – Elle Decor March 2008 via Patricia Gray Interior Design; 13 – Editorial: Model & Supermodel; Magazine: Vogue US; Issue: September 2004; Model: Daria Werbowy; Photographer: Steven Meisel via foto decadent; 14 – marie claire maison via the house that a-m built; 16 – Vanessa Bruno‘s home via domino; 17 – Easy Living via made by girl; 19 – Janet de Botton’s home in Provence 2004 as featured in Vogue Living, Houses Garden People edited by Hamish Bowles}

59 Notes
  • It’s Pantone’s colour of the year as well.

    Love that bed canopy!

  • So fab! I couldn’t be more thrilled; purple has been my favorite color since 1984.

  • I too have been loving all things purple lately so much so I’m contemplating a little bit of a purple injection at home and at Black & Spiro at the moment! So fun…I’ve never liked purple before now!! So many lovely inspiring purple images you have posted!!
    xx
    Anna

  • Oh My.. the gown is totally heart stopping beautiful

  • No-one can put together a stream of pictures as well as you can! You have made me a purple convert. I don’t know where to begin on how much I love these pics – I’m going back to look at them again.

  • It’s amazing, you’re really good at that! I began to love that color with the appartement of the tv show “Friends” (it wasn’t beautiful as your pictures, but…). So, when I was younger, I decided to paint my closet’s door in that color. I don’t know why, but it’s a color I especially like. Great choice of pictures!!

  • I adore that last shot – would love a library / come glamorous-tea room like that :)

  • I’ve already bought some for this season. Glad to see it, it’s a lovely colour.

  • these images are gorgeous. i am totally having a purple (and gray and yellow) moment right now, so thank you for posting these!

  • Love that coat– my Mom had one just like it in the 1960″s

  • these are alll to die for!!!

  • Tee – thought Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008 is Blue Iris? Definitely has purplish hues.

    Laura – do you know how much I love that you know the exact year?

    Miss G* — thank you :)

    Megan – all the gray and yellow you could want:

    http://citified.blogspot.com/2008/03/yellow-gray.html

  • Cybill – thanks so much for such a lovely compliment! It’s not always easy, but sometimes things just come together. The list of images, sources and credits, on the other hand, was crazy to put together :)

    Thanks again for always taking a moment to stop by :)

  • I love how the color purple is coming back into style and sinking into our consciousness.The amethyst table lamp is stunning!

  • Remember the purple craze in the mid-80’s? It’s obviously back for another go round.

  • Those purple manolos are to die for!!

  • fabulous!

    i’m forever a purple girl- love the range of images!

  • I love this post!! I love how you choose a variety of room decors & styles! How did you find all of these?! Gorgeous and inspiring (as always)!

  • Wow, purple makes me think of either Donny Osmond and his purple socks (you are too young to know about that) or Prince’s Purple Reign! Really, purple is such a lovely hue it deserves more attention. Especially love lavender. For some reason I never use it or buy it in clothing either. But in your pics, I love it!

    Happy week to you!!! Hope your weekend was splendid!

    xo

  • Glad to see purple is here to stay for another year :). Great images as always…

  • You know, I thought I’d hate this post, since the idea of purple still makes me think of all that tacky stuff from highschool, and I’m still allergic to the “grape” shades, but those ashy mauves are lovely, in rooms and clothes and go very well with the new grays I’ve been seeing. Great post.

  • http://bp1.blogger.com/_qjpwnPW4c1o/R0BfKY0-WGI/AAAAAAAACho/BHaJRhAP_cA/s1600-h/Doriani.jpg

    One of my favourite shots from The Sartorialist. I bought a purple jumper just like it to wear this winter. Purple and grey, purple and blue, lavender and mint green brighten up winter days.

  • You are nominated at my blog!

    All the best,
    Amelia

    abeautifulliving.blogspot.com

  • I love the 16th photo, so lovely.

    Purple is delicious… even though I don’t wear it – it looks horrid on me!

    x

  • Great post! Love purple!!! I thought the vintage bed looked familiar…I have it, only in light pink!

  • Purple was the hot color last seaseon for fall and winter in Buenos Aires. And of course it’s one of the national colors of New Orleans!
    I love love love purple, and have a beautiful pair of purple tango shoes.

  • I’ve got more Blackberry Farm pictures–interiors this time. Thought you might want to know.

  • This is a gorgeous post!!!!

  • purple is my favourite shade ever from pale lilac to deep dark plum – love it!!!
    every single image in your post is heavinly!!!

  • oooh, so beautiful. i’m sold!

  • Oh what an awesome post! Purple has always been my favorite color. I would say I’m a purple fan!

  • Beauteous. That settee is killing me.

    You get my vote for Post Title of the Week. Nicely done.

  • OMG this has to be the best roundup ever. LOVING the purple, especially lately. Deep plums…yum. Gorgeous!

  • i LOVE purple..so glad that it’s making a big showing this season :) loved these photos and this post!

  • I agree with Lil Bee – what a stunning post. I am crazy for lilac!

  • Absolutely LOVE the coat, so simple and gorgeous! I do wear purple occasionally, but can’t use it in my decor. I’ve loved the idea since a friend decorated her nursery in lavender and tan many years ago. Beautiful post!

  • Chloe’s Chic Conception — have been collecting these images for quite a while now, from all over the place . . .

    Melissa – LOL – have never seen Donny Osmond’s purple socks, but sounds like fun :) And I have been considering lavender more and more lately – supposed to be a calming and relaxing tone, which is perfect.

    balsamfir – what little faith you had in me! Just kidding – I wasn’t certain either how it would work out, since I have an aversion to the grape shades as well, but yes, ashy mauves are pure romance.

    easy and elegant – absolutely love that shot from The Sartorialist, and certain you will look dashing this winter in your purple jumper. Photos to follow on your blog, perhaps?

    Amelia – thank you! Will head over there now to have a look . . .

    Diana – thanks! Had quite a bit of fun coming up with the title :)

  • Oh my goodness, purple is SO sexy! I love it! I’m thrilled that it’s so accessible this season too, yay!

  • MMmm I LOOOVE purple!!

  • Dying for the purple dress ~ royal perfection if you ask me!

  • Wow, such a gorgeous post!
    I adore the sixth picture and of zourse Vanessa Bruno’s apartment, it’s my fave!

    Thanks for sharing all the beauty and also for the lovely comment you left on my blog. <3

    Mila.

  • I’ve always loved purple , gives me a good feeling . S pretty . Mary

  • stunning collection of hues.

  • I think I commented about this over at Patricia’s…my Mom was way ahead of her time…she did a purple living room in Montreal in 1967. It was so incredible!

  • oh i dig purple. i have been thinking about adding purple accessories this season to glam up the house a bit.

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  • Absolutely stunning! Love your collection of photos.

  • Loving that purple headboard! Beautiful pictures, as usual. =)

  • i am in LOVE with this post! you are consistently amazing.
    xo

  • I’m warming up to the color…!

  • Absolutely gorgeous.
    I love the Oscar de la Renta sandals.

  • Purple is so regal…. love the combination of all of the images..very pretty!

  • Purple is such a peaceful color. I love it. I want a nice dress in that color. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Purple – not for the fainthearted! Reminds me of some purple creations I have worn in the past. Don’t have any at at the moment – but I do have a wildly silky purple pillow on my etsy shop. Glad to see that it has a lot of good company out there!

  • I absolutely love the purple headboard!

  • seeing all this purple looking so awesome inspired me to add a touch of purple to my scheme as well. i picked up 2 aubergine magazine files that are quite lovely.

  • almost speechless: JUST GORGEOUS!

  • i think i see tom ford! and that table lamp is amazing!

  • this is a stunning collection of images in my favorite hue…so much so that my company’s name is lavender + plum {www.lavenderandplum.com}

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