Though purple might be associated with enduring opulence and royalty, it rarely takes center stage in our spaces due to how tricky it is to find colors that perfectly pair with it. Purple offers ample versatility—you just need to know how to use it. To show its full potential, 10 top designers are sharing the best colors to pair with purple for incredibly bold home decor inspiration.
01. Pair Your Purples
“Lilac is a great color to mix with purple. It’s in the same family, but a lighter pastel.,” explains designer Linda Hayslett of LH.Designs. “Pairing this with a medium to dark purple tone makes both colors complement but contrast each other at the same time.
02. Go For The Gold
“When using purple, I love pairing it with brass finishes,” Hayslett adds. “The gold tones that come through can really pop off of purple and make it look luxe and glam. Depending on the brass used, you can even mix and match the different brass with lighting, hardware, and accessories. ”
03. Go Classic With Black And White
“I prefer purples that are deeply saturated and warmer in tone,” says New York–based Tara McCauley. “Purple looks especially luxurious in a glossy finish, and you can’t go wrong pairing it with black and white.”
04. Stay Cool With Blue
“Purple is my favorite color,” says Rozit Arditi, owner and principal of Arditi Design. “It can be as subtle or as bold a statement as you make it to be. It’s all about how it is used and what it is paired with. Lilac can be paired with lighter blues and whites to create a more soothing, light, and airy feel.”
05. Get Gorgeous With Gray
“Purple is my absolute favorite color, especially when it hues with a true blue undertone and casts less berry toned,” designer Kendall Wilkinson shares. “It is passionate, strong, and regal. Purple and the family of colors from aubergine to lavender all work beautifully with gray, and the pairing keeps the purple cool in tone and serves as a perfect complement.”
06. Beautiful With Burgundy
“Purple is a tough color,” Kelly Martin admits. “I think the trick with purple is in the tone and the pairing. When choosing something in the purple tones, I tend to gravitate toward something that sides with burgundy or wine tones. I’d rather it feel rich and a little earthy rather than a brighter purple that can have more pinkish hues.”
07. Combine With Cream
“Purple is actually one of nature’s elegant neutrals; it has a beautiful spectrum of shades from the palest lavenders to the proudest, regal eggplant and plums,” shares Michael Cox of foley&cox. “Share them with soft shades of sand, sea foam, and creams and counterbalance them against chocolate, moss, and white. It’s best to pair the density of the shade of purple with colors of similar depth”
08. Stay Grounded With Brown
“Purple is balanced well by neutrals—especially in combination with shades of brown, which add a level of sophistication and diminish the ‘cuteness’ that is sometimes associated with purple,” explains designer Michael Del Piero.
09. Back To Black
“I love using purple, lilac, and violet because they are unexpected shades that can have a lot of impact in a space,” says Abby Gruman of Abby Leigh Designs. “Use purple and black for an edgy look; purple is the perfect color to liven up neutral tones, and it looks modern and fresh when paired with black finishes and hardware.”
10. Get Creative With Chartreuse
“The best colors that go with purple or aubergine in terms of accent colors are chartreuse and red,” insists Nicole Clapman, principal designer at Studio Schicketanz. “The brightness of these colors against aubergine provides really nice tension in a space but should be used sparingly and in the right manner, rather it be in artwork or fabrics.”
11. The Teal Treatment
“Eggplant is a color for the more daring end user, which we love,” designer Kara Adams says. “There are very few colors that I would not mix with eggplant, but blues and greens are some of my favorites to mix with it.”
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