purple reign – naomi jones

purple reign


I’m sure we’ve all had some bad experiences with purple in our (perhaps best-forgotten) experiments with interior decorating in our student days or as first-time buyers. When I finally got my own bedroom at age 14 (I’d been sharing with my two older sisters until then), I combined purple woodwork with pink walls, a cavity-inducingly sweet combination that I quickly grew sick of. And when I first moved in with Mr Jones in the early 2000s, I was taken aback to discover he’d been inspired to put together an eye-catching hallway scheme involving a deep purple mixed with lime green; ahh, bless you, Changing Rooms

In recent years, however, I’ve come across some homes whose owners have incorporated purple with the same daring-do but with a lot more thought into which shade is right for the space, and how to combine it with other colours, patterns and textures or have simply used it in the form of easily adapted accessories for a flexible and more sophisticated scheme.

Vintage table with ornaments below modern art canvas in Brittany guesthouse, France.

follow site A bold feature wall in a warm reddish-purple shade in this sitting room gives it a cosy feel for autumn/winter, particularly when combined with sheepskin rugs and a seasonal display.


http://honeysidefarms.com/phpmyadmin/index.php Paint colours to try
Scrumptious (seen on the paisley stamp in the picture above) or Plush Parlour (on small stamp) by Crown Paints • Brinjal by Farrow & Ball • Tyrian Rose by Fired EarthDamson Dream 3 by Dulux

Pedestal washbasin and wall mounted shelf in 18th century dower house, Shropshire, England, UK

http://gullysteez.com/post/101844424800/xraided7-with-a-nug-of-that-dank For a scheme that works all year round try wallpaper with a pale ground (Tuileries Grape by Laura Ashley) combined with strong-coloured flooring (try Blush Posh Purple vinyl from Flooring Superstore), as seen in this shower room.

Red dishwasher and Butler sink under window with roller blind in Ceredigion kitchen, Wales, UK

Or use a pale grey paint that has a hint of lilac in certain light, like Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball on the units in this kitchen. Similar rug from Jane Beck Welsh Blankets.  

If, however, you want the flexibility to switch up your scheme with the seasons, add in accessories with some flashes of purple, such as the shower curtain in the bathroom below, a rug in the boy’s bedroom, and of course throws, blankets and cushions, as seen in the following bedrooms and sitting room. John Lewis has a good range of purple accessories and Nicky Heard makes luxurious ikat throws and cushions in some striking designs. For a choice of footstools available in hundreds of fabric options try Sofa Workshop.


Vintage lamp and radio on chrome service trolley used as bedside table in boy's room of London townhouse, England, UK


Purple cover and curtains with mirrored wardrobe in King's Lynn bedroom, Norfolk, England, UK


naomi jones

Hi, I’m naomi jones, a freelance interiors writer and stylist, and mum to Lillie-Mae. For many years I was the features editor at Period Living, but after spending a year with my daughter after she was born in 2011, I figured a freelance life would allow me to be with her as much as possible while giving me the freedom to keep up with my passion for styling and writing about people’s homes.
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finding beauty everywhere

As an interiors writer and stylist specialising in real home features for interiors magazines, I get to travel all over Europe to style people's homes, so on this blog I'm going to be sharing some of the lovely homes I visit, as well as the locations that I end up in.

I'm also passionate about good food, nature, art, urban design and architecture so there'll be the odd smattering of posts that relate to what I get up to on my days off, whether on my own or with my family, Mr Jones and Lillie-Mae, and Daisy pup.

I hope you enjoy it,

naomi x

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