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Purple Color Schemes

Purple Color Schemes from the Color Wheel, Violet

Purple color schemes are not commonly seen, but can be used to great effect when combined as accent colors. Purple or violet as a pure hue is not often used but mauve or lilac are very popular and used frequently in home interior color schemes.

A red-purple used for this sheer tab top curtain looks stunning set agains the orange and gold wall.

A red-purple used for this sheer tab top curtain looks stunning set agains the orange and gold wall.

A violet or purple monochromatic color scheme provides a peaceful and calm feeling to a room.

A violet and yellow complementary color scheme provides wonderful contrast, one of the colors should dominate and the other used as an accent.

A yellow upholstered armchair for example, accented with a violet tassel fringe to the base and as piping to the chair. This provides a creative combination.

A violet, yellow – green and yellow – orange a split complementary
color scheme allows you to introduce other colors whilst still retaining a high contrast scheme. This works well with floral fabrics or modern patterned designs, using them for drapery or upholstery. This combination enhances lateral thinking.

Violet, Green, and Orange, a triadic color scheme creates a strong regal use of violet based on a strong chroma (brightness of the color) but if used with a tint (white added to a color) we get quite a different feel, mauve, mint and apricot, creates a peaceful and calm use of the color

Violet, red – violet and red, an example of an analogous color scheme. This type of scheme is easy on the eye as it uses colors that are beside each other on the color wheel and therefore closely related. It is useful to use when you want to make a harmonious space but does create more movement than a simple monochromatic scheme. A philosophical moment comes to mind for this use of violet.

Purple is adding to the creativity of the tile mosaic in this bathroom.

Violet, red – violet, yellow, yellow – green make up a dual complementary color scheme. This allows you to combine multiple colors knowing that they will work in harmony. Ideal for patterned fabrics, florals, using different finishes in one room for example wallpaper, upholstery fabric and drapes, tiles and flower arrangements. This is a creative use of the color violet, well balanced and supreme.

Violet, blue, yellow, and orange combine to form a tetrad color scheme. This type of combination allows for a greater range of different colors to be combined, similar advantages as the dual complementary, but just adds more color variation. Ideal to use when you want to have lots of movement and action, the violet takes on a regal and spiritual meaning here.

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