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.”

DFS Colour Happiness Event 2018


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.

Colour of the Week: Turquoise

Today’s color is the perfect in-between of blues and greens. Some call it cyan, others call it aqua, but we have taken inspiration from the gemstone turquoise for its calm yet vibrant nature.  Turquoise is a stone of well-being. It contains protective properties that help ward off negative energy with the purity of natural elements such as water and air. This is reflected in its colour.

Turquoise & the Cyan Family

Turquoise is the colour of the sea, and represents tranquility and harmony. Lighter shades of turquoise tend to be more delicate, while darker, more teal shades are seen as much more sophisticated. Turquoise is a very common colour within interior design, as it can easily provide a pop of modern colour without becoming overbearing or overly shifting the mood of a space.


Turquoise can be used as either a splash of colour or a wave of blue-green coating throughout a space. Whether just adding a bit or letting it be a dominant colour in your room, make sure to keep turquoise balanced with neutrals or other colours.

Here are some tips as to how you can incorporate this hue into your own interior design endeavors:

  • If wanting a room to dominate with hues of turquoise, be sure to use varying shades. The deep contrast between darker teals and lighter, more airy blues can give an amazing impact to the space without making it feel like the colour controls the mood of the room.
  • As with many colours, Turquoise pairs wonderfully with neutrals in any space. While many variations do not stand out as aggressively as a pop of colour, coordinating turquoise with whites and greys can make a space feel soothing yet not overly bland.
  • To make a more bold statement, turquoise pairs amazingly with many colours across the spectrum, whether it be muted cool tones or vivid brights. Try pairing turquoise accents with orange, as the two contrast with each other and make a space feel bright and lively.


Paint Options

Here at KLD, we use Fleetwood paints for a majority of our work. Here are some of our favorite turquoise paint colors from Fleetwood and beyond!

Pastel tones like Aquamarine or Malaysian Mist can make a space feel very airy and peaceful, while deeper tones like Nifty Turquoise or Deep Breath have a much more sophisticated and grounding effect.


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.

Colour of the Week: Malachite

For this week’s colour, we have decided to take inspiration from a much less traditional jewel to bring to life our interiors: Malachite. While many, including us, tend to first think of Emerald and its rich hue when talking about greens in gems, Malachite is a gorgeous banded mineral of various greens, ranging from pastel to deep teals.

Malachite & The Green Family

Roisin’s colour palette for 2017 was mostly green, and for good reason. Green is seen as a harmonic colour, associated with peace, healing, and most importantly, life. More vibrant shades tend to feel energetic and living, while more muted ones resonate with the ideals of calmness and relaxation.

As holistic designers, green has played a crucial part in many of our projects, including our own KLD HQ. It can be a pop of colour in an otherwise neutral space or bold look. Regardless, make sure the mood for the space is cohesive, and that the green harmonises with other colours throughout the space rather than clashing with them. This will give then genuinely harmonic aesthetic, especially with deeper, muted shades.


Here are some tips on how to incorporate green into your own interior design endeavors:

  • Pair muted green with other depths of the same tone to make a neutral colour palette with a twist
  • Don’t be afraid of greenery. Incorporating plants, natural or synthetic, can shift the mood of nearly any room into tranquility.
  • If wanting a more colorful but neutral palette, try pairing pale greens with pale pink tones. Red and green are complimentary colours, and their lighter shades pair perfectly together to make a calm space using colour.

Paint Options

At KLD, we use Fleetwood paints. Many of the below paint choices are from various Fleetwood Collections. Here are our favourite choices for green!

Muted shades like Hedge Green and Bok Choy work well in natural spaces, while deeper, vibrant shades like Deep Teal or Kilkenny work really well as furniture or accent colours.


Pink tones like Zephyr pair really well with muted greens, while khaki-beige hues work well to tie in a more neutral holistic aesthetic.

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.