The Colour Purple

The latest colour within our gemstone-inspired series of colour blogs is definitely one to read about.  Today’s colour is purple and inspired by the gemstone Amethyst, a jewel tone that screams loyalty and luxury.

DFS Spring/Summer 2017


Purple, in its pure form, is made up of red and blue and its shades include violet, lavender, lilac, wine, eggplant, periwinkle, plum and grape amongst others. In fact, Ultra Violet is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, “PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

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Purple has always been associated with royalty, a favourite colour of aristocrats, who obtained it by combining blue and red. As it appears very rarely in nature the colour purple was exclusive and expensive and conveyed power. In fact, Queen Elizabeth I forbad anyone except close members of the royal family to wear it.

Marianella three-bed Apartment.


As mixture of passionate red and reliable blue, purple invokes many strong emotions, is quite dominant and can quite often affect mood. Therefore, deeper purples can better serve by complementing other colours rather than dominating a room.

Robswall Penthouse, Malahide



Robswall Penthouse, Malahide


Purple can be a perfect colour for chairs, ornaments, tables, in fact any furniture or fitting in your room and because of that aristocratic connotation, nothing screams opulence like lush deep purple velvet texture.

DFS Spring/Summer 2017

Purple is also quite versatile, and can easily manipulated through shade adjustment and combination with other colours. Therefore, it is always important to know what goes with purple.

Used tastefully and selectively purple can really make your home look like a million dollars.

Penthouse, Huguenot House, St Stephen’s Green


Referring back to the pantone colour of the year Ultra Violet, the Pantone website tells us it is nuanced and full of emotion, “the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

Paint Options

At KLD we use Fleetwood Paints for a majority of our work. Here is a selection of our favourite purple inspired shades!

Amethyst & The Purple Family

Go bold and add the colour purple  to your life.

Note: Colours may appear differently on screen than in person. We always recommend looking at a physical paint sample prior to selecting a specific paint colour.