If you’ve been searching for purple living room ideas, you’re in luck because they’re back. With Pantone recently announcing “Very Peri,” a bold blue-violet, color of 2022, interior designers and homeowners alike are rediscovering the color’s potential to create countless interior looks.
Purple is a hugely versatile color for use in the home – with a spectrum that ranges from the deepest shades of eggplant and stunning royal flowers, to lavender, lilac and soft lilac, there’s a shade of purple to suit all rooms and tastes.
To help inspire your living room ideas, we’ve rounded up a variety of ways to use this trendy shade in your home, from pretty paint ideas to quick updates, along with some helpful tips from the experts.
purple living room ideas
When it comes to living room color schemes, there are a myriad of hues that can be created. Whether you are looking for an eye-catching space to entertain guests, or a relaxing country retreat, the color purple offers a huge range within interior design with all kinds of living room paint ideas, fabrics, wallpaper, furniture and accessories available.
To create a long-lasting impression, try decorating with bold shades of mauve and amethyst, or for a cozy and relaxing space, consider a warm-toned violet that will bring a soothing, relaxed mood. Alternatively, to bring a slight pop of color to fresh and neutral schemes, try adding soft lilac accessories.
“Whether you choose a statement or a subtle gradient, purple is full of life and optimism,” says Poonam Chadda, Buyer at Carpetright. (Opens in a new tab). Because it is so versatile, it works just as well in living rooms and bedrooms as it does in kitchens and bathrooms. Accessories with black and white accents and oversized foliage will accentuate the color – and ensure it feels fresh and sexy.
1. Bring a neutral scheme to life with a purple sofa
Upholstery is a great way to inject color and personality into neutral living rooms. In rooms filled with beautiful original features like parquet flooring and wall paneling, it can be hard to know where to introduce color—a subtle textured magenta sofa will add a pop of color without distracting from the space’s architecture.
2. Draw the bookcase
Paint ideas are a quick and easy way to inject color into the home, but using them from wall to wall is a bold choice. For a more relaxed approach, you can try painting a floor-to-ceiling bookcase to create a feature wall. A rich eggplant shade, the purple color of this bookcase really helps showcase the decorative trim and carved pieces scattered around the shelves.
3. Use dark purple to create a feeling of warmth
Versatility and cocoons, warm and rich purples make beautiful cozy living room ideas as this space proves. New from Neptune, this carnation paint helps solidify this modern living room motif when used on the lower half of a wall and pairs beautifully with warm neutral tones in celebration of nature’s rustic colors.
Not quite the same mauve as juniper paint, nor brown as fancy walnut or mahogany, carnation is the ultimate dark shade. Says Rebecca Elderfeld, Creative Director of Products and Services at Neptune (Opens in a new tab).
Compare it to the freshness of Silver Birch, pair it with shades of Old Rose and Moss for subtle balance, or even mix it with stronger shades like Olive and
Mustard for a whimsical tip.
4. Add a chair statement
An adorable cocktail chair is a great way to give purpose and interest to an empty living room corner. With its signature arched back, this Fabrizio cocktail chair in Amoir Libre lavender moiré in Dedar’s Amoir Libre lavender moiré, Parme color adds eye-catching color to this space and pairs contrasting mustard and cobalt hues for a modern feel to this fabric-covered room.
5. Use dark purple for a country feel
A lovely shade for a rustic living room, this velvety eggplant paint from Sanderson brings subtle color to this space and pairs beautifully with warm natural woods and nature-inspired fabrics.
Choosing a soft, matte purple can create a beautiful backdrop for layering textured fabrics as this space proves. Capture the beauty of nature, Sanderson (Opens in a new tab)The Elysian canvas, used here on the curtains, shows beautiful landscape artwork in a subtle palette of colors, which really shine when set against simple purple walls.
6. Choose soft purple seats for a comfortable space
White living room ideas are fresh, bright, and timeless, but they could benefit from a few subtle touches of color to help create depth. The beautiful pairing of white, gray, and soft purple is a great way to add a touch of femininity to living areas and is a sexy alternative to the blush pink that has been so popular in recent years.
Lilac is a soothing color that can add a touch of sophistication if used with gray. It’s a beautiful, soft color and perhaps more mysterious than many shades of pink with a basic blue undertone that manages to sit well with blues, says fabric designer Sarah Hardaker. (Opens in a new tab).
“Lilac works well with grays for sophistication, dark blues and pinks and also faux and creams where a warmer lilac is used, or for contrast, try a touch of olive oil,” Sarah adds.
If you are thinking of introducing lilac to the furnishings in a white living room, consider using a tactile material such as velvet, or a textured weave as this will bring in not only a soft color but a relaxing texture as well.
7. Turns heads with gems board
If you’re looking to create a luxurious and glamorous space, why not consider using stunning amethyst as part of your gem-shaped living room color scheme? Living room sofa upholstered in plush velvet guaranteed to exude class and opulence – to continue the jewel look, try combining it with a contrasting aquamarine green shade on the walls as this will create an interesting contrast and make the sofa really cool.
Sitting in the center of the living room, a footstool or an upholstered coffee table provides a great opportunity to make a design statement. The purple footstool sits at opposite ends of the color wheel, and works well with the olive green walls in this quirky living space. Covered in a Kantha fabric, which features bold stitching, this footstool brings added texture and color to this cozy space.
9. Indulge in Violet Parma
If you’re looking to create a bold and eye-catching scheme, why not decorate with violet wall-to-wall rugs and matching rugs? While it may seem bold, using the same color on all surfaces can help make a small living room feel larger.
To keep purple room ideas looking fresh and contemporary, try introducing furniture with streamlined silhouettes and sculptural light fixtures. A super soft fitted living room rug idea like this Splendor design from Carpetright will help make the space cozy and inviting.
“Carpets can provide instant refreshment, add comfort and natural insulation and are an excellent choice for living rooms, where they’re warmer than hardwood floors and softer on the soles of the feet,” says Bonom Chada, a buyer at Carpetright.
People are getting bolder when it comes to choosing flooring for living rooms, as practical, neutral rugs are no longer necessarily the default, and instead we’re seeing more patterns and colors being used for a more ambitious style.
10. A pair of violet with eye-catching tangerine
Large living rooms with high ceilings are great spaces to experiment with color, as they allow room for bold colors to really shine. A mid-century armchair in stunning violet velvet is guaranteed to create a wow factor—to balance vibrant and saturated purples, consider pairing it with strong orange curtains and warm reflective surfaces.
11. Create a cap statement
Painting is a quick and easy way to make a statement in the living room. For a playful modern living room idea, consider painting the ceiling a warm lilac and pairing it with a rich, deep red as shown here with a ceiling in Lady Char’s Lilac and the walls in Grenache, both from Paper & Paint Library (Opens in a new tab).
In addition to bringing in color, paint can also be a clever device for accentuating architectural features, plus it can change the feel of a space as well. Dividing the wall with colored strips as done here can help make large living spaces more intimate. Furthermore, painting the ceilings of Georgian properties in a contrasting color to the walls can help showcase beautiful original plasterwork such as ceiling roses.
What colors go with purple in the living room?
There are many colors that work well with purple in living room color schemes—to find the right shades, be sure to consider the color’s warmth and hue.
“When choosing a complementary shade of purple, consider the undertones in the shade and choose neutrals with a pinkish or magenta undertone for a harmonious finish—a selection of these can be found in the gray section of our color scales color card,” says Roth. Mottershead, Creative Director of Little Greene.
Bold florals and amethysts work well within jewel-toned palettes while dark, rich pairs collaborate well with olive-olive and earthy terracotta tones. At the other end of the spectrum, “lilac that was formerly known as the color of the ’90s has made a bit of a comeback as a natural partner for popular shades of gray,” says Sarah Vanrenen of Vanrenen GW Designs. However, lilac can also work well with contrasting shades of mustard, olive and even warm readings.
For more information on colors that work well together, take a look at the color wheel theory that can help you choose complementary colors for use in interiors.
Is lilac good for the living room?
Delicate and comfortable, lilac makes a good color for a cozy living room. Enchanting scenes of beautiful wisteria and lavender fields, they are perfect for bringing the beauty of nature into the home as well as the feminine touch to living spaces.
“Soft Lilac has a very friendly and inviting energy and is great for creating a relaxing feel inside the home,” says Francesca Wezel of Francesca Paints. ‘Paired with openness and sociability, it has the effect of making people feel comfortable – perfect for public areas. It also has a slight feminine edge, which again enhances the feeling of comfort and nurturing.’
“Shades of magenta and mauve are surprisingly versatile, and when applied correctly, they can be undeniably beautiful,” adds Sarah Vanrenen of Vanrenen GW Designs.