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The Pantone colour of the year for 2014 is purple. Purple in its strongest shade is so vibrant that it can be overwhelming if used as the main colour in an interior design scheme and this puts people off using it. But it is very versatile and paired with the right colours it can look fantastic. Look to nature for inspiration!. And if you’re not feeling brave enough to use it in large quantities, it looks great as an accent colour.

Pantone colour of the Year

Pantone colour of the Year

Its complimentary colour is yellow. Touches of gold look fabulous against intense purple.

Its complimentary colour is yellow. In this room, yellow is the more dominant colour. When using two intense colours in a complementary scheme it is important not to use the colours in equal quantities otherwise the overall effect will be too vibrant. Touches of gold look fabulous against deep purple -think ornate gold mirrors against a purple wall.

Deeper, greyed shades such as aubergine look lovely against silver and pale grey

Deeper, greyed shades such as aubergine look lovely against silver and pale grey. The effect here is very relaxing because the tones of the colours are muted and muddied. I love the styling of this room, with the orange-covered book providing a splash of colour.

Sharp lime green

This is a flamboyant, modern look, created by using saturated tones of purple with sharp lime accents paired with the colourful carpet. The velvet fabrics add to the opulent feel.

Purple works with green .tThink lavender fields in Provence.Lavender works well with grey-green. Most intense, pure purple tones work with emerald green.

I love using purple and green together-here the intense, deep purple works well with emerald green as an accent and you can also use more muted lavender tones with grey-green. Think lavender fields in Provence for inspiration!

Orange goes well with blue tones

The chairs and sideboard are purple but with a strong blue undertone and the wall is painted in its complementary colour of orange. White accents lighten the room.

Brown and purple is a pretty combination. The secret to getting the look right is to use a pale violet

Brown and purple is a pretty and harmonious combination. The secret to getting the look right is to use pale violet tones in varying strengths to contrast with the deeper tones of the brown.

Pastel tones of violet and dusky pinks . notice the yellow accents

Tones of violet and dusky pinks make for a harmonious scheme, where the colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Notice the yellow accents in the plate and couch fabric add a bit of contrast.

Rich purple and golds are used as accent colours against a teal background. Interior by Landy Gardner Interiors

Rich purple and golds are used as accent colours against a teal background. Interior by Landy Gardner Interiors. I love the blingy,purple chandelier!

What do you think? Will you be using purple in your next decorating project?

And if you would like my help with choosing colours, you can contact me on 01323 641531 or by email : anthea@dressingroomsinteriors.co.uk

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