How is plum different from purple? Well, first of all, it is a purple, just an extremely red one. Think of plum skin and plum flesh. Plum is warm and vibrant, someplace between purple and magenta. But deeper. It is regal and classic, and although it’s been all over the runways this year, it transcends trends (although in the event that you care about these things, it’s quite au courant).
It can be quite dark or very bright, earthy or superglam. Plum looks luscious with olive green, chartreuse, marigold yellow, dark beige and grey. Yellow ocher and metallic gold too.
It may have an old-world feel — perfect for a traditional dining area with period trimming — or a bright, contemporary feel, depending on how it’s used and what colour you go for. And, as you may see, it’s fantastic as a cloth, especially a heavy one such as velvet.
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Plum about the Walls
Plum is a rich colour that adds a whole lot of weight and depth to walls. In contemporary rooms similar to this one it is most often used as an accent colour.
European Cabinets & Design Studios
Another plum accent wall in a contemporary white area.
Rachel Reider Interiors
In a space with more architectural details, plum may be used on all of the walls. The glowing white trim makes it pop up and keeps the entire thing from becoming too dark.
Beccy Smart Photography
This is a beautiful combination that’s both modern and warm. I adore the mantel that blends in with the wall and of the white from the dark plum.
Winder Gibson Architects
Plum and chartreuse. It is weird, but it functions.
This vibrant colour is almost magenta and works nicely with other pops of very bright colours. It looks great in this contemporary area, but imagine it also in a formal dining area with white wainscoting and trim. It might be gorgeous.
This architecturally fundamental room is cocooned in plum. It truly adds a sense of depth and coziness that could be lost if the walls were whitened. It works nicely for a bedroom or a small, romantic room such as a library. It probably wouldn’t work too in a living area lacking architectural details and flourishes.
The wallpaper is a subtle way to add a hit of plum into the space. It is a grayer version but still red as purples go.
Decorating With Plum
Plum and velvet were only made for each other: rich, soft, luxurious.
Lizette Marie Interior Design
Tufted plum velvet will always do the job. It is similar to the little black dress and red lipstick: classic.
Vuong Interior Design
This lavish plum headboard adds a great deal of glam into an already glammed-up room. Notice how nicely the plum works together with the bluer purples within the room.
Rachel Reider Interiors
These colours work good with plum: beige, navy, turquoise and chartreuse. This chamber happens to combine all of them.
This one, too.
Yet more plum with chartreuse, blues and pinks. Be still, my heart.
A spare and contemporary dining area is made richer by only some plum on the seats of the chairs.
April Force Pardoe Interiors
Plum with navy and warm wood. Very cozy.
Lisa gutow design
Plum with pink keeps everything from getting overly girly.
Here, plum with pink adds pop and character to an elegant but staid room.
This rich plum headboard appears to shine in this large, white space. Very dramatic, dahlink.
Blur Purple Fabric Candles – GBP 450
This rug, which makes lighter toward the middle, appears to shine. It would seem fuzzy against golden wood flooring.
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS
Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain – $79
This ruffled shower curtain brings a bit of Carmen Miranda to the home without feeling too kitschy.
Modern Pendant Lighting – $995
A warm plummy glow never did anybody any harm.
Armen Living Centennial Purple Velvet Loveseat – $880
Tufted plum velvet can be yours. Gorgeous.
Elderberry Wine CSP-470 Paint
A dark, rich plum.
Autumn Purple 2073-20 Paint
Additionally dark, but with a tad more grey.
Mature Grape SW6286 Paint
You’d need to get samples to detect the differences between this colour and the one above. Maybe this one is just a sliver lighter?
Paints Stains And Glazes – $35.95
A plum with a great deal of red. Nearly a magenta but a plum.
Benjamin Moore Summer Plum 2074-20 Paint
Just a little bit pinker than the previous colour.