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Create a blissful scheme with these punchy purple bedroom ideas


In order to create the bedroom of your dreams with this regal shade – whether it’s a main bedroom or a guest bedroom – think about the mood you want to set up. Stronger shades such as aubergine and damson evoke drama and stimulate the senses. The colour purple is associated with wealth so when teamed with extravagant fabrics such as sumptuous velvet you can build up a luxurious scheme that makes an opulent, even exotic statement.

At the other end of the spectrum, the lighter shades of purple are more soothing and gentle. Not so sugary sweet, lilac or soft lavender are pretty and feminine. The tone is light enough to give walls interest while remaining fairly neutral and can look appealing in pretty florals and gingham fabrics.


1. Brave a bold floral


Purple bedroom ideas – purple wallpaper

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Working with traditional florals like chintzy roses or ditsy sprigged prints can be a minefield. But if you dare, the results can be utterly fabulous. The secret to success? Busy pattern prints work best with ultra-sidle, ultra modern furniture for contrast. Metallic pieces are especially effective, as they take the granny look to the right side of glamorous.

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2. Build a Boho vibe with mixed purple tones



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Build up layers of luxury for a bed that’s always inviting. Dusky purples – plum, aubergine fig – combine with blush pink, marine blue and grey for a harmonious palette that creates just the right mellow mood for a bedroom.


3. Set a mellow mood with plum



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Brown-tinted plum and soave tones set a warm and mellow mood in a space where you want to kick back and relax.And while they can also work in a glam bedroom scheme, with velvets and polished metals, they can turn a country look like this from simple to sophisticated, too.

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4. Work in a vintage twist


Purple bedroom ideas

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Vintage style doesn’t mean twee country florals anymore – it’s altogether darker and more dramatic, for a sexier spin on a traditional look. Add gold accents and Art Deco-inspired lamps for extra glamour. The silky cushions, velvet upholstery and gold details put the decadence into this look. Swap them out of you want a modern-country look instead.


5. Embrace warmer tones


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Retreat from the cold into a cosy haven of snug-as-a-bug quilted throws and flannel linens featuring elegant floral patterns. Begin with a neutral backdrop and white painted furniture then bring in purple printed fabrics, a painted focal wall or wall-to-floor curtains. Choose a purple tweed headboard for texture and cosy charm. Framed vintage bird prints hung on a rose-coloured wall are so romantic and co-ordinating accessories add to the feminine feel. A soft neutral carpet will balance the colour, keeping the scheme subtle.


6. Choose complementary colours


Purple bedroom ideas

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Add instant luxury with an oversized headboard. A timeless padded design will bring a little hotel-style chic to your scheme. An original gloomy space has been transformed into a restful, minimally furnished haven. Dark wood flooring and an ornate chandelier further enhance the sophisticated feel in this traditional space. Introduce animal prints in small measures. Be brave, as there are several ways even the boldest of prints can be incorporated into any home.


7. Give your bedroom a homely feel


Purple bedroom ideas

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Decorate with hedgerow hues. Choose blackberry and sloe-shaded paint colours for a luxurious look in a panelled bedroom that oozes classic style. An upholstered button-back headboard adds an extra touch of indulgence to the scheme. Take inspiration from nature with a wooden branch that acts as a holder for a lantern – perfect for a spot of bedtime reading.


8. Combine pink and purple


Purple bedroom ideas

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Using variations of one colour is a sophisticated approach. In this bedroom violets, from lilac pink to deep aubergine have both masculine and feminine appeal with a bold panel at the head of bed like a swathe of the night sky. On the blush layered bed a harlequin throw exhibits a modern take on patchwork quilting.

The geometric shapes pick out the rectangular lines of the abstract design rug below. A panel of ballerina pink curtains at the window softens the strong contrast in tone.


9. Focus on two complementary colours


Purple bedroom ideas

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Here is a perfect example of how purple can be a dainty accompaniment to a delicate scheme. The pretty look is brought to life with a flock of purple and orange birds flying over a beautiful eau-de-nil sky. An understated lavender headboard and cushion picks out the light amethyst feathers while simple bed linen and furniture adds to the country charm.


10. Get creative with a hint of colour and pattern


purple bedroom ideas

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As purple is also often associated with Romani traditions it naturally looks the part in eclectic schemes. Classic country pieces are brought up-to-date with the rich chocolate box combination and sumptuous fabrics. Brown, blue, yellow and green are elegantly pulled together and balanced by the blackcurrant silk curtains and super-sized paisley print bed linen.


11. Try out purple in a teen bedroom


purple bedroom ideas

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Purple is a great colour for teens who have grown out of baby pink, but still fancy a girlish look. Intricate patterns and quirky accessories in this vibrant scheme creates a fun folk-style look, which bursts out from the room’s fresh white wall and metal bed frame. Pops of acid green on the shelves add to the fun adolescent style.

12. Factor in florals


purple bedroom ideas

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Go for all-out colour with dramatic painted purple walls as the backdrop for your scheme. With such a bold colour choice, try to keep co-ordinating colours lowkey, with pale flooring, washed wood furniture and a mix of floral, stripes and spot fabrics in a calmer, muted colour palette.


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