Purple, a little bit of luxury

Purple has long been a highly desirable colour. Over a century ago, a certain chocolate company figured that by wrapping its bars of chocolate in purple, customers would associate it with a rich and indulgent experience and have successfully trademarked a particular version of it for their brand!

Before more modern dyeing and colouring processes, the colour purple was usually only worn by royalty and the very wealthy and still remains a colour with which we associate luxury and quality. Lighter versions of purple such as mauve, lilac, lavender and heather tip toe quietly around a room and are generally quite soothing. But, if you want to create a bit of theatre in which to indulge your favourite bar of chocolate, the decadent, darker versions – violet, plum and aubergine will create the appropriate 'drama' in your surroundings.

Lounge in the easy glamour of Yves Delorme Exquise bed linen in Figue, from House of Fraser or the ‘Ontario’ bed linen from Debenhams.

These sumptuous heavy weight plum lined shot silk curtains are from www.melissaryan.co.uk as are these cushions.

Using other vibrant colours with purple, makes a decorating scheme look more exotic. I love this Suzani Print Bath Button Back Armchair and footstool from www.grahamandgreen.co.uk and the beautiful and unusual contemporary take on vintage design of this Tonal Violet Purple Vintage Rug by Louis de Poortere from www.rugstore-ne.co.uk.

(Images courtesy House of Fraser, Graham and Green, Melissa Ryan, Debenhams and www.directwallpaper.co.uk. www.rugstore-ne.co.uk)