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December 6, 2013
We’d like to congratulate purple—or rather its more showy cousin, orchid—for regaining the spotlight after Pantone’s 2014 color of the year announcement. When it comes to designing with purple, the key is to proceed with caution. Here are 10 ways, Dwell style.
On either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lighted Bouroullec vase sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit.

For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, a little purple goes a long way. At his Paris apartment, on either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lamp channeling Magistretti sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit. Photo by Philippe Munda. 

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The bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug.

In the same Paris apartment, the bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug. Just visible is Pierre Paulin's 261 sofa in purple. Photo by Philippe Munda.

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Modern living room renovation with purple cushion sofa and exposed ceiling beams

Facing the front facade on the English basement level in a family's Brooklyn renovation, a sectional of Dixon’s design punctuates the otherwise neutral hues with a stately purple. The lamp is a double-suspension Tolomeo from Artemide. The reupholstered Thonet chair lends balance to the room through its own asymmetry. Photo by Matthew Williams. 

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At the La Plage Casadelmar hotel in Corsica, suites are adorned with armchairs by Zanusso in two custom colorways: orange, grey, and purple; and apple green, grey, and purple. 

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Zahle and Rich’s home has just one bedroom, so they put up a wall (hidden by the bookshelf) and sliding door to create a master bedroom at one end of the glass-walled main room. Thanks to modern insulation technology, “there is almost no difference betwee

Sometimes, just one little square of purple is all you need—as evidenced in this couple's small flat in Copenhagen’s Ørestad hub. Photo by Jens Passoth. 

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A view across the screen porch from the entrance to the kitchen, with the horizontal window, and the bedroom, reached through the French doors at rear left.

If you look closely, you can spot purple boards integrated into the siding of this Bastrop, Texas, bunkhouse owned by a film writer and director by architect Henry Panton. Photo by Greg Hursley. 

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Green roof on modern house in Washington, DC

Purple isn't just for interiors—it can seriously jazz up a green roof. In a family's renovated home in Washington, DC, purple plantings join the verdant roof. The family received a subsidy administered by DC Greenworks and funded by the DC Department of the Environment. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan. 

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Jon Ahrens of <a href="http://madroneldc.com/">Madrone Landscaping</a>, who layed out the plantings around the container, implemented a green roof on a drip watering system. The cantilevered overhang at rear is planted with cacti.

Purple flowers brighten the green roof of a Texas shipping container conversion. The new playhouse, garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists was designed by architect Jim Poteet and the roof is by Jon Ahrens of Madrone Landscaping. Photo by Chris Cooper. 

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At the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba by C+S Associati, color takes on more than just a decorative element. Each hue denotes the function of the space. Yellow signifies spaces for the youngest children; green areas are for the oldest kids. Purple p

At the Nursery School in Covolo di Pederobba by C+S Associati, color takes on more than just a decorative element. Each hue denotes the function of the space. Yellow signifies spaces for the youngest children; green areas are for the oldest kids. Purple places are for teachers. 

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Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design

Kerrie Kelly, an ASID designer out of Sacramento, rocked purple for her contribution to the Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design 2013

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On either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lighted Bouroullec vase sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit.

For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, a little purple goes a long way. At his Paris apartment, on either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lamp channeling Magistretti sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit. Photo by Philippe Munda. 

Photo by Philippe Munda.

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