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.

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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.

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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.


The colour purple is the colour of the imagination and spirituality that inspires high ideals. It is an introspective colour, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts. Purple contains the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue. This is the union of body and soul creating a balance between our physical and our spiritual energies. Purple assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfilment, it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it.


Our favourite Purple DULUX range:


Dulux Mercury Shower 2 (10RR24/061), Dulux Violet Surprise 1 (30RB16/144), Dulux Brooklyn Nights 3 (10RB36/082)


The colour purple is specifically associated with royalty and nobility, creating an impression of luxury, wealth and extravagance. We would recommend using Dulux Violet Surprise 1 which is a slightly muted version in home library/office spaces as purple projects power and leadership. It has richness and adds a sense of quality and respect to an environment. Dulux Brooklyn Nights 3 is a light purple colour with a bluish hue. It has a fragility, sensitivity and vulnerability, we would recommend using it together with lilac on soft furnishings as curtains or upholstery in some cases. Plum is a reddish purple, being a slightly old-fashioned colour, plum is honourable and linked to family traditions and therefore you can find it on chesterfield style sofas. Bring those into your modern interior and create a sophisticated mix of old fashioned and modern design in your household.