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10 Ways to Design With Purple

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We’d like to congratulate purple—or rather its more showy cousin, orchid—for regaining the spotlight after Pantone’s 2014 color of the year announcement. When it comes to designing with purple, the key is to proceed with caution. Here are 10 ways, Dwell style.
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  For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, a little purple goes a long way. At his Paris apartment, on either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lamp channeling Magistretti sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit. Photo by Philippe Munda.   Photo by: Philippe Munda

    For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, a little purple goes a long way. At his Paris apartment, on either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lamp channeling Magistretti sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit. Photo by Philippe Munda. 

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  In the same Paris apartment, the bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug. Just visible is Pierre Paulin's 261 sofa in purple. Photo by Philippe Munda.  Photo by: Philippe Munda

    In the same Paris apartment, the bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug. Just visible is Pierre Paulin's 261 sofa in purple. Photo by Philippe Munda.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  Facing the front facade on the English basement level in a family's Brooklyn renovation, a sectional of Dixon’s design punctuates the otherwise neutral hues with a stately purple. The lamp is a double-suspension Tolomeo from Artemide. The reupholstered Thonet chair lends balance to the room through its own asymmetry. Photo by Matthew Williams.   Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    Facing the front facade on the English basement level in a family's Brooklyn renovation, a sectional of Dixon’s design punctuates the otherwise neutral hues with a stately purple. The lamp is a double-suspension Tolomeo from Artemide. The reupholstered Thonet chair lends balance to the room through its own asymmetry. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  At the La Plage Casadelmar hotel in Corsica, suites are adorned with armchairs by Zanusso in two custom colorways: orange, grey, and purple; and apple green, grey, and purple. 

    At the La Plage Casadelmar hotel in Corsica, suites are adorned with armchairs by Zanusso in two custom colorways: orange, grey, and purple; and apple green, grey, and purple. 

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  Sometimes, just one little square of purple is all you need—as evidenced in this couple's small flat in Copenhagen’s Ørestad hub. Photo by Jens Passoth.   Photo by: Jens Passoth

    Sometimes, just one little square of purple is all you need—as evidenced in this couple's small flat in Copenhagen’s Ørestad hub. Photo by Jens Passoth. 

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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  If you look closely, you can spot purple boards integrated into the siding of this Bastrop, Texas, bunkhouse owned by a film writer and director by architect Henry Panton. Photo by Greg Hursley.   Photo by: Greg Hursley

    If you look closely, you can spot purple boards integrated into the siding of this Bastrop, Texas, bunkhouse owned by a film writer and director by architect Henry Panton. Photo by Greg Hursley. 

    Photo by: Greg Hursley

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  Purple isn't just for interiors—it can seriously jazz up a green roof. In a family's renovated home in Washington, DC, purple plantings join the verdant roof. The family received a subsidy administered by DC Greenworks and funded by the DC Department of the Environment. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan.   Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: © 2012 Eli Meir Kaplan Photography

    Purple isn't just for interiors—it can seriously jazz up a green roof. In a family's renovated home in Washington, DC, purple plantings join the verdant roof. The family received a subsidy administered by DC Greenworks and funded by the DC Department of the Environment. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan. 

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Eli Meir Kaplan Photography

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  Purple flowers brighten the green roof of a Texas shipping container conversion. The new playhouse, garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists was designed by architect Jim Poteet and the roof is by Jon Ahrens of Madrone Landscaping. Photo by Chris Cooper.   Photo by: Chris Cooper

    Purple flowers brighten the green roof of a Texas shipping container conversion. The new playhouse, garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists was designed by architect Jim Poteet and the roof is by Jon Ahrens of Madrone Landscaping. Photo by Chris Cooper. 

    Photo by: Chris Cooper

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  At the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba by C+S Associati, color takes on more than just a decorative element. Each hue denotes the function of the space. Yellow signifies spaces for the youngest children; green areas are for the oldest kids. Purple places are for teachers. 

    At the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba by C+S Associati, color takes on more than just a decorative element. Each hue denotes the function of the space. Yellow signifies spaces for the youngest children; green areas are for the oldest kids. Purple places are for teachers. 

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  Kerrie Kelly, an ASID designer out of Sacramento, rocked purple for her contribution to the Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design 2013. 

    Kerrie Kelly, an ASID designer out of Sacramento, rocked purple for her contribution to the Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design 2013

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