Purple is associated in many cultures with royalty, wealth, loyalty, honor, courage and valor. However, using the color in decorating often seems to elicit a strong response–either very positive or negative. Although not a traditional decorating color, used sparingly in any of its various hues it can add an eclectic decor to many different types of rooms. Purple curtains in an appropriately selected shade can add interest to rooms throughout the home.
Although not usually considered a masculine color, its deepest hues are handsome and work well with browns, tans and golds, a traditionally masculine palette. In a formal library or study, deep purple dupioni silk curtains suggest elegance and Old World charm. Adding gold sheers as casements provides a contrast in color and texture, while keeping within the color scheme. Tiebacks for the over-drapery of the same color or in patterns that complement walls or accessories provide a cohesive look.
The Italian Renaissance style used brilliant colors of reds, greens, blues and violets in tapestries, draperies and accessories, in contrast to the pale plastered walls of the rooms. Formal living rooms incorporating classical elements can especially feature purple curtains as a natural part of the decorating theme. A window with plum silk damask full drapes easily becomes an elegant focal point in a living room.
Rather than live with an uninspiring bathroom, an eclectic mix of colors and motifs can make even a small bathroom inviting. A light purple fabric shower curtain with motifs of butterflies or flowers hints of the unique without overwhelming. Window treatments in this rich color can be used in many striking combinations to match or complement a wide variety of colors in nearly any room.
Kitchens are both workplaces and gathering places. To help bring cheery, bright colors into the room to add to the enjoyment of cooking and socializing, white tiers with motifs of grapes can be topped by a purple checked gingham swag valance. The curtains add a feeling of freshness by allowing light and air to fill the space. Light-weight fabrics that are easy to wash complete the buoyant kitchen ensemble.
For a girl’s bedroom, lilac curtain panels with a William Morris style flowered valance using complementary shades suggest femininity. White walls are often a good choice to balance the color. Accessories and bedding can combine different patterns and intensities of the shade of lilac. In a boy’s room, light-blocking or blackout panels in a strong color such as indigo can be used at windows. Bedding and accessories in reds, oranges or yellows create a colorful space.
If windows on French doors need covering for privacy or to filter light, sheer voile panels with a hint of lavender provide a blush of color. The same treatment can be used for entryway sidelight panels.
Experimenting with different shades and tints of purple in a variety of textures and patterns for window treatments will result in rooms that express a satisfyingly majestic individuality.