It wasn't just an 80s trend. Done right, purple can be a distinguishing color in your home. Whether you’re looking for a powerful pop, or seeking a subdued shade, purples range from neutral to bold, bringing a unique personality into any space.
We gathered 25 of our favorite purple rooms that prove just how gorgeous this color can be.
In Alina Cho's Central Park South apartment, a living room is powerfully feminine and flooded with light. A tufted purple bench pairs with millennial pink walls; zebra patterned chairs tie together the glamorous space.
In a Spanish-inspired London townhouse, the dining room's Victorian table sits atop a custom Patricia Sanchiz rug. The antique space's moody green walls are offset by the two-toned, rich purple rug and watery blue curtains.
In decorator Alisa Bloom's sultry 1920s penthouse, a color punched style comes to life in the den. The vintage sofa is in a velvet, and the rug is by the .
In cosmetics star Jeanine Lobell and actor Anthony Edwards' eclectic family home, the master bedroom is invigorated through a thoughtful use of purples. A deep-toned custom bed, sheer pink-purple curtains, and walls painted in Grappa come together in harmony.
In an eggplant purple dining room, J. Robert Scott chairs are upholstered in a Fortuny cotton, the walls are covered in a JAB wool and Houlès nailheads, and the curtains are of a Donghia cotton.
The guest bedroom of an eclectic Adriatic home features a punchy purple accent wall, which backs a woven screen from Burundi that serves as the headboard. The bedcover is of West African kente cloth, and the floor mat is Indonesian.
In designer Alex Papachristidis' bold NYC apartment, a seating area feels royal thanks to antique chairs and a decadent velvet couch, all of which are backed by a graphic vintage wallpaper.
In this Upper East Side apartment designed by , the library is saturated in purple. The custom sofa is upholstered in a velvet and the cushions are in a cotton. The custom carpet is by , the Louis XVI armchair is covered in a fabric and the walls are heated in a Manuel Canovas lambswool. The print is by Andy Warhol.
In the same purple-filled apartment designed by Papachristidis, the custom bed is upholstered in a fabric and dressed in bedding by . The light fixture was found at a Paris flea market, the lamps are by with custom shades by and the rug is a custom design. The walls are sheathed in a linen by , and the curtains are of a silk by the same company, with trim.
In the master bedroom of Vanity Fair style chronicler and social fixture Amy Fine Collins, the soft purple walls in the master bedroom serve as a sweet backdrop for drawings by . The circa-1915 bed is dressed in linens designed by , who also created the wall treatment. The swing-arm lamps by sport custom-made shades.
In author 's Hamptons home, decorated by , the master bedroom's splashes of purple are complemented by a more neutral grass cloth wall covering by . The custom rug is by .
In their Jaipur, India apartment, fashion designer and her husband Nicholas Alvis Gega appointed a vibrant shade of purple to the veranda walls. The carved-wood table and bench blend with white-painted polyhedrons and mercury-glass balls.
In a traditional stone house in Bel Air, decorated by designer , a daughter's room is modernized with a blue-purple ceiling, linen curtains by and cream walls.
In model Jessica Stam's New York apartment, the living room is characterized by purple walls, purple drapes and a purple custom-made rug by Stark. Armchairs upholstered in a cotton are circa the 1950s, as is the floor lamp, and the vintage sofa was found on .
In a Manhattan townhouse, the master bedroom's purple custom-color wallpaper is by . The cast-metal bed is also a custom design, the headboard and bed skirt are of a fabric by and the canopy curtains are of a silk by that was embroidered by and lined with a fabric by .
In the living room of an 1870s carriage house in Bedford, New York, the purple dhurrie is 19th century. The custom sofa is covered in a cotton and the cocktail table is by . The Egyptian light fixture is from .
The living room of this São Paulo house showcases tones of purple throughout. The built-in concrete banquette is fitted with velvet cushions and the rug is Chinese. Concrete tiles colored with iron oxide line the floor.
In a Mexico City home that blends minimalism with folk art tradition, the living room purple chairs, cocktail table and purple sofa are all by . The artwork over the sofa is a reproduction of a 1936 telegram from R. Buckminster Fuller to Isamu Noguchi explaining Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, and is by Jose Dávila. The 19th-century mirror is Mexican.
In this Manhattan family home, the master bedroom is accented with purple in the bed and drapes. The custom-made bed is upholstered in a linen, and the bedding is by . The carpet is by .
In this English manor house, the library sofas are by , and the armchairs, which are reproductions of Victorian originals from Somerleyton, are upholstered in fabric by ; the mahogany Pembroke side table dates to 1790, the rug is a copy of a 17th-century design, the 1920s oak bookcases are by Wilcox of Warwick, and the walls are painted in Teal by .
designed the Afribaton chair, marble-topped table, hemp pedestal, Mira mirror, and sconce prototypes in the meeting room of his French duplex; the crystal chandelier is from the early 20th century, and three of his 1992 glass sculptures in ultramarine blue fabric and bulrushes sit atop the 19th-century marble fireplace.
In Christina Juarez's color-drenched apartment, the vintage Milo Baughman sofa is in a velvet and a pair of 1970s chairs are in a velvet. The cocktail table and floor lamp are by , the side tables are by , and the pillows and rug are by . The portraits are by Kimberly Brooks.
Also in the home of Christina Juarez, the custom chaise has a seat cushion in a and a back bolster in a fabric. The cocktail table is by , the dresser is by West Elm, and the vintage lamp from has a shade by . Artworks by (from left) Yee Wong, Wayne Pate, and Takashi Murakami hang on walls covered in a wallpaper from .
In the master bedroom of this West Village apartment, the bed and side tables are custom designs, the walls are sheathed in a custom grass cloth by , and the sconces are by .
In the master bedroom of an Upper West Side apartment, a Hästens bed is dressed in linens by and , the circa-1970 side tables are by , and the lamp is by Taylor; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose, and the photographs are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.