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INTERIOR MONOLOGUE: Ideas, opinions, musings and inspirations about interior design from Jennifer Gustafson Interior Design.

07. Purple Haze

Are you royalty, a mystical person or an adolescent girl?  Then you probably have a passion for purple, or “violet” if you want to get all technical about it.  Purple embodies red’s stimulation and blue’s calm, making it a versatile choice for modern interiors.  This hue historically represented wealth, trust and virtue across many cultures.  Because purple dye was incredible difficult to get your hands on until 1856 (when the recipe for man-made violet dye derived from coal tar was discovered), you had to have great wealth and power to possess a purple anything.  Funny story - if you showed up in the Roman Empire wearing a purple frock during the reign of Julius Caesar and you were not Julius Caesar, you would have been sentenced to death.  Crazy, right? Whether your favorite shade of purple is lilac, heliotrope, amethyst, or aubergine, this hue lifts the spirits, calms the nerves, encourages creativity and makes you want to braid someone’s hair. (Okay, maybe I made that last one up.) Anyway, go ahead and put yourself in a purple haze and take comfort in knowing that the risk of death for using this color in your personal space is now very, very low.