The Most Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Purple Rooms

Julia Millay Walsh

I am a purple person. I wasn't always. My mother had a purple dining in the home I grew up in. A deep eggplant with a subtle strié effect that was hand-painted by a fine artist. Being surrounded by so much purple made me reject it... but eventually I caved in and became a total convert. Now I sneak home a purple vase here or a candelabra there, every time I visit my mother—don't tell. Purple is hard to get right, though. It can easily look too much like a little girl's room. So when you get it right, it's oh-so right. Here are some of my favourite spaces I've seen, each with their own distinct aesthetic.

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