This week I have been enjoying our annual family summer vacation in Maine where the misty pine covered islands completely draw me in to nature. This a good time to share some of the pictures I have taken this spring and summer. We will try to learn nature’s color composition secrets. Today’s post will focus on the color purple. Lately I have become fascinated by purple and recently posted How to Decorate with Purple and Decorative Rugs- 10 Chic Interiors.
When I mentioned purple to my wife, she happened to be leafing through the August issue of Allure which the mailman had dropped off that afternoon. She pointed out the large spread on purple dresses-the magazine was proclaiming purple the hot color for fall! Frankly, I did not like any of the purple shades in Allure, I much prefer the colors in this dress from Burberry Prorsum.
Burberry Prorsum’s Tinsel Illusion Dress at Bergdorf Goodman has layers different shades of purple from pale lilac to deep aubergine.
Now let’s see how nature tells us about what colors go best with purple.
These crocuses showed up in March to proclaim that purple pops when placed next to yellow gold and orange-purple’s opposites on the color wheel. Blue green leaves are a great complimentary color and the dried leaves and twigs show that taupe and beige are good neutrals for purple. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
Yellow and gold are at the opposite end of the color wheel from purple and create pop when placed next to purple. Blue and bluish red are complimentary colors and when placed next to purple, they create a layered effect.
Of the thousands of flowering plants in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, only the lilac is singled out each year for an all day celebration which was scheduled for Sunday May 13 this year. But the warm April weather brought the lilacs out a month early. Image courtesy Bob Mayer, The Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
I was able to catch these early lilacs in April with my iPhone. The blue sky and white clouds in the background reveal how smart blue and white look with purple. Green is nature’s great neutral color and goes with all shades of purple. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
Lilac Daphne is native to China, Korea and Taiwan. The greyish beige of the branches is a great neutral for purple. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
These clematis juxtapose purple with greenish gold, white and green. The thin vines are a purplish beige. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
This clematis variety favors a lighter silvery gold color and yellow green leaves. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
These bell shaped clematis flowers reveal the beauty of pairing purple with a purplish blue and white. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
The luminous beauty of purple against green. Image copyright Asmara, Inc.
The purple lotus flower has many shades of bluish and reddish purple paired with brilliant yellow golds. Image © Stuart Corlett, Dreamstime.com
I hope this pictures inspire you to use purple, yellow, gold, green, taupe and beige to add spark to decorative rugs and to interior spaces.