What Colors Go With Purple? (Find Out Now!)

What Colors Go With Purple

The Color Purple isn’t just a famous movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It’s also a book, but more importantly — it’s a beautiful color to decorate your home with. Purple is known as the color of royalty — what better way to denote your throne than with purple hues?

Colors that go with purple include:

  • Gold
  • White
  • Pink
  • Chestnut
  • Pale Green

Since purple has a variety of shades such as lavender, aubergine, royal, and amethyst, there’s no limit to the colors you can match. Certain colors will match certain shades of purple. Choose the secondary color, and then pick your shade of purple.

To learn more about what colors go with purple, you first have to look at it from a designer’s perspective.  You can find all colors on a color wheel, which shows what naturally compliments and clashes. It’s science.

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What Are the Complementary Colors of Purple?

The color wheel is a circle featuring colors placed next to each other based on their composition. Depending on where the colors land on the circle, you can find out what other colors match them best. The most talked-about match is the “complementary” color — the color directly across the wheel from the target color.

Purple is directly across the wheel from green, and it may seem weird to pair Royal Purple and Forest Green (unless you’re going to Mardi Gras). However, Lavender and Mint, for example, make a fantastic combo.

What Are Purple’s Analogous Colors?

Analogous is a huge word, but it just means the colors that are next to purple on the color wheel. They’re the same “family,” if you will. Purple is between pink and blue on the color wheel, which isn’t surprising considering how close these colors are.

Analogous colors can be a bit of a shock to the eye if they are overdone.  However, they can be charming if they’re used in the right setting– like a little girl’s bedroom, for example.

What Are Purple’s Triadic Colors?

Triadic colors are three colors that are spaced evenly apart on the color wheel. If you count them out, they resemble a triangle, which is how the triadic colors got their name.  Purple’s triadic color matches are orange and turquoise.

Triadic colors are highly contrasting and visually exciting but are best used as pops of color.  You can also use triadic colors but work in prints or neutral accents so it’s not too overwhelming.

What Are Purple’s Tetradic Colors?

Just like Triadic colors referred to three, Tetradic colors are four colors evenly spaced on the color wheel.  Purple’s Tetradic colors are red, green, and aqua.  

When used together, these colors are very bold, so it’s best to use them just as accents.  In a Tetradic color scheme, it’s best to go a step further and use one color as the primary. The others can still accent, just in much lesser doses for a more balanced look.

What Colors Clash With Purple?

As you’ve seen from the color wheel, the only color we haven’t mentioned directly with purple is yellow. There really is no rhyme or reason to it though, because anything can be made to look good. Look at the football teams known for purple and yellow, like the Minnesota Vikings and LSU Tigers.

If you’d like to use the Color Wheel to play with the various color combinations, you can do so with a free tool offered by Canva.

The Colors That Go With Purple Are the Colors You Love

The moral of the story is that the colors you like are the ones that are the best for your home.  The trick is not to use them in an overpowering way and to find shades that work together.  

Below you’ll find some expert-recommended combinations as well as ways to find out what’s trending in each calendar year.

How Many Different Shades of Purple Can I Use at Once?

The rule of thumb that designers use is to stick with no more than three shades at a time.  For example, you might have success using Lavender, Eggplant, and Royal Purple together (perhaps in a floral print). If you try to add in neon purple, you may end up with a problem.

By depending heavily on base colors such as white and cream, you may be able to sneak in more purple. By integrating purple’s complimentary green (as in the floral print example), you’ll be able to get away with more shades.

Where in My Home Can I Use Purple?

If this were the 1950’s, your friends and neighbors might make you feel embarrassed about using a lot of purple. Fortunately, in 2020, pretty much any color can work. Purple has also been really popular, winning the Pantone Color of the Year in 2018 and 2014.

What Does Pantone Color of the Year Mean?

Pantone is the Color Institute that has cataloged every color and has given each one a specific number and name. They issue a color matching guide widely used by interior designers, fashion designers, and magazines. They even provide case studies on some of the world’s most famous colors, like “Tiffany Blue” and “Barbie Pink.”

Each Year Pantone Issues a Color of the Year, which is a color forecast to dominate in design and fashion. In 2014, the color of the year was Radiant Orchid, an exotic purplish pink. In 2018, the color of the year was UltraViolet, a lighter version of a Royal Purple. 

You can visit the Pantone website yourself at http://www.pantone.com. There are a variety of helpful tools available to help you create color palettes.  You can even order color samples the same way you might in a paint supply store.

Look at Paint Chips at a Local Hardware Store

If you don’t want to pay shipping on some paint samples or color catalogs, head down to Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Anywhere that sells paint will have a variety of color matching tools at your disposal. You’ll be able to take home the chips and even order small sample jars for about $4 if you’re looking to paint.

Use Magazine Articles for Inspiration

Magazine articles and photos also provide great inspiration for home decorating without having to do the legwork yourself. Go through your favorite magazines and rip out or mark pages with color combinations that are appealing to you. To really be a trendsetter, try looking at fashion magazines to pick colors for your home.

Ask Friends and Family for Their Advice

Friends and family members always have really strong opinions about things, and most aren’t afraid to tell you, either. If you have something picked out and need a second set of eyes, ask the opinion of someone you trust. As a warning, if you don’t like someone’s aesthetic, they aren’t a good person to ask.

Pick someone who knows you whose opinion you value.  You’ll get better results if you limit your choices to your top two or three before asking for final advice. Going back through all of the options can waste time and energy and leave you even more confused.

Peruse Popular Stores to See What’s Trending

If you’re like most Americans, you ooh and aah every time you go to HomeGoods or TJ Maxx.  There’s a reason stores like these are so popular — they carry items that are trending from contemporary designers. 

If you get stuck wondering how to use purple in your home, browse one of these stores. Odds are you’ll find an accent pillow or chair you love, and then can match everything to that.

Of course, this article would be remiss without some popular purple combinations and ways they are most effective.  Here are some of the best purple color combinations for 2020:

Purple Glam

As mentioned, purple is the color of royalty, and it’s been an extremely popular choice for some glamorous spaces. To complete the glam bedroom look, match your Eggplant or Aubergine deep purple comforter with rose gold or silver accessories. 

Using purple and metallics throughout as your accents, white as your base, and blush and light gray paint colors.

Lavender & Gray

Lavender and gray is a very classic purple pairing. This one is appropriate for those who are on the sweet, traditional side. 

Many classic farmhouses or little girl’s rooms are furnished in lavender curtains and gray walls.  If you’re looking for an accent color, try mint green, and white is a great base.

Aubergine & Cream

Aubergine, also known as eggplant, is a beautiful deep purple with a pinkish tint that goes with pretty much everything. This luxurious color screams high class when paired with an ivory or cream.

Royal Purple & White

Royal purple is the most classic of all of the purples but perhaps the hardest one to match because of it. Few colors do royal purple justice, so most just leave it as the shining star against white walls. If you need an accent color, try a metallic silver, gold, or rose gold.

Purple & Mint Green

Purple and Mint Green took the internet by storm a few years ago and is still trending strong. This super sweet combination has been used in various weddings but looks great in the household as well. This trend is shabby chic, so you shouldn’t use it if you are going for a luxe glam look.

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Related Questions

How do I know if I’ve used too much purple?

Hopefully, by using the resources provided above, you will have the right tools you need to avoid using too much purple.

If you invite a few people over and their reaction isn’t good —  tone down the purple or add more base colors. Black and brown aren’t usually good base colors with purple because of purple’s dark undertones.

Where are the best places to find purple accessories on a budget?

As mentioned, HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and even Walmart are great places to find purple accessories. You can even try Amazon, eBay, or Etsy for homemade goods. Many sites feature a sort-by-color feature so you can only look at purple items.

What things and feelings are associated with the color purple?

Purple is known as the color of royalty but is also associated with luxury and wealth. The Catholic Church uses purple for Lent, so it has a spirituality associated with it. It’s also associated with magic and mystery.

Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent’s former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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