At the other end of the spectrum, the lighter shades of purple are more soothing and gentle. Not so sugary sweet, lilac or soft lavender are pretty and feminine. The tone is light enough to give walls interest while remaining fairly neutral and can look appealing in pretty florals and gingham fabrics. Furnish with pale wood furniture or a traditional metal bed.
The bed in this loft-style bedroom has been dressed simply in pale purple. Exposed brick walls and a unique customised bed featuring reclaimed antique shutters is softened by the pretty bedding. Mix and match tones of flax, oyster and lilac for a relaxed, calming, uncluttered feel to the room. ‘Oyster catcher’ motif scatter cushions add a little interest to the preloved style scene.
Go for all-out colour with dramatic painted purple walls as the backdrop for your scheme. With such a bold colour choice, try to keep co-ordinating colours lowkey, with pale flooring, washed wood furniture and a mix of floral, stripes and spot fabrics in a calmer, muted colour palette.
Twin brass bedsteads bring an industrial edge to this white bedroom scheme. For a visually pleasing symmetrical look, match cushions, bedding and wall lights across a single central bedside table. For those who like to read in bed, task lighting like this is ideal. The wall lights are a practical but beautiful detail, allowing one person enough light to read while the other has enough darkness to sleep.