A bed against a purple bamboo feature wall

Purple paint is the unexpected workhorse of the Farrow & Ball palette, ranging from understated almost-greys to deep plums and indigos to offer a huge array of styles and moods. Dark purple shades, whose royal connections date back to antiquity, still have a tangibly luxe feel that suits guest rooms and entertaining spaces down the ground, while lighter shades of purple are soothing and subtly playful.

 

How to Use Purple Paint

A very pale lilac paint looks at home in almost any space, creating a nearly neutral scheme with a just-tangible twist – try Calluna to transform home offices and communal rooms into minimal yet inspiring spaces. Light to mid-toned purples like Sugared Almond and Brassica are great fun for kids’ and teenagers’ rooms, while the richness and depth of Brinjal, Pelt and Paean Black make for thoroughly grown-up dining rooms, living rooms and master bedrooms.

 

Light Purple Paint

Light purple dining room with table and chairs

Walls: Calluna No.270 in Estate Emulsion; Trim: Mahogany No.36 in Estate Eggshell; Ceiling and Cornice: All White No.2005 in Estate Emulsion

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Purple bedroom with metal bed frame

Walls: Brassica No.271 and Ammonite No.274 in Modern Emulsion

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Between them, our three shades of light purple paint can create a whole range of looks and feels. Delicate Calluna treads the line between purple and grey, making it an unexpected yet fitting choice for this elegant dining room. Try it with a much darker trim colour, as our Colour Consultant has done here with Mahogany, for a stylish, high contrast look that keeps the whole effect from being too “pastel”.

For fun kids’ rooms and entertaining spaces, try our more pink-toned Archive colour Sugared Almond alongside bright yellow accents (yes, really!), while for older kids’ rooms, Brassica strikes the perfect balance between playful and grown-up.

Deep Purple Paint

Deep purple wood panelled bathroom with sloped ceiling

Panelling: Brinjal No.222 in Estate Eggshell; Wevet No.273 in Modern Emulsion

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Deep purple paint works wonders in spaces of all sizes. In this open plan home, Paean Black creates an intimate living area that feels separate from the bright and airy dining space, adding structure and interest. In an attic bathroom, Brinjal enhances the room’s distinctive shape and cosy feel, making for a luxurious little escape. It can be tempting to go for white or grey in compact rooms like this one, but embracing low light and small spaces with a luxurious chocolate, plum, navy or dark purple paint colour can be much more rewarding, so don’t be afraid to go bold!

Purple Exterior Paint

With our hard-wearing exterior finishes, you can treat almost any outdoor feature to a lick of purple paint, adding personality and protection in one. Our recommended paint finishes for exterior wood and metal, Full Gloss and Exterior Eggshell, are protected against peeling, cracking and fading for up to six years. So, whether you’re looking to wow the neighbours with a statement purple door, railings, fences, sheds, or shutters, you can do so with the confidence that they’ll stay looking pristine for many seasons to come.


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Try a Rich Red

Sitting just across from purple in our colour card, you’ll find a part of our palette that’s bursting with sumptuous options, from burgundies and berries to carmines and crimsons. Get to know them right here.

Read More