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Purple Louis XV Armchairs in a Living Room — Decorating Ideas

Decorating With My Purple Armchairs!

Last year, my mother sent me this set of purple Louis XV armchairs of hers, from the house that I grew up in, and I'm absolutely in love with them! I wasn't sure quite where to put them at first, but once I saw the rich color against my peacock blue walls, they were home.

The next task was to add more purple to the room to create a color theme. I began brainstorming how to decorate with purple way back in October, but I'm finally getting around to it now. I added a purple glass candelabra she'd also sent to the coffee table, which adds a little shine as well as color. Then I discovered this beautiful orchid at Lowe's; it adds much-needed height to the table, and the color coordinates perfectly. It won't be in bloom forever, of course, especially with my black thumb, so I may need to find another solution or replace it — have any ideas for accessories?

My generous mother also sent me two yards of the fabric used on the chair on the left, lucky me! The fabric is an out-of-print Manuel Canovas fabric, which cost more than $200 a yard, so it's a godsend that she still has some. My sofa is in dire need of some throw pillows, so I'm having a few square ones made from that fabric with basic piping.

Before there was purple, the room had a strong orange/persimmon color theme going. It turns out that I love these three hues together! (See the pillow on the chair? Looks good, right?) I actually have a few pieces of artwork with orange tones, and one more at the frame shop, so it's looking good so far. But I'm also thinking that I should break up the purple patterned pillows on the sofa with one or two solid orange ones. Perhaps velvet fabric. Do you have any favorite resources for fabric? Any suggestions?


Y'all probably think I'm absolutely nuts to use so much color! But the rest of the furnishings are neutral, including a linen sofa, Lucite nesting tables, a glass and chrome coffee table, and my vintage black leather wing chair. I don't usually go crazy for bold patterns, but color does speak to me.

Have any of you decorated with a similar shade of purple? Do you know of any accessories I should pick up for this room? Have you ever had pillows made? Let's chat in the comments below! I'd love to hear about your experiences with decorating with color and about what decorating projects you're working on!


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Talicat Talicat 5 years
I love the color combo! What paint did you use? Such a beautiful color.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 5 years
Wow, thanks for all of the ideas Ellenora! I do have a chocolate brown table that looks nice with it. Luckily, I don't have kids or pets now, so I guess I can have fun with velvet while it lasts! Thanks, awesomepants!!
awesomepants awesomepants 5 years
That room looks like it could be in a magazine. Gorgeous!
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
$200 a yard?! Wow, that's some expensive fabric! I LOVE chocolate brown next to that color. I like a darker chocolate brown (like a 60% cacao chocolate color), but some people like the milk chocolate color next to that color; I think the milk chocolate and that color clash. It would anchor the orange, turquoise and purple. You could make maybe two pillows with the brown, maybe in suede if you wanted to. In terms of the orange and the fabric, it depended what the other fabrics are going on in the room and if you have kids/pets. Velvet is hard to clean, so if you have pets or kids (or you're incredibly clumsy like your's truly), velvet isn't a good fabric. My favorite place for fabric is Jo-Ann's Fabric and Crafts because they can help you out if you're having trouble finding a fabric (or picking one for that matter.) Some Michaels have fabrics as well. If you're in LA, there's a huge neighborhood full of fabric stores. You'll have to be knowledgeable of fabrics though. In NYC, there is, of course, Mood fabric store (I would love to go there. I'd be in HEAVEN.)
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 5 years
Oooh, @kodalolo, that sounds lovely! I love asters. I bet that shade looks fantastic with forest green and Brazilian cherry wood. I would love to see photos! Please share with the Su Casa group! @Alittlebirdy, I love that vase! The texture is fantastic, too. I will definitely keep that one in mind. It's so affordable, too. Thank you!!
alittlebirdy alittlebirdy 5 years
How about one of these? Combined with a smaller vase in a lighter color perhaps?
kodalolo kodalolo 5 years
I have decorated my living room with Aster (pretty little purple flower) colored walls; creamy white ceiling; Brazilian Cherry wood laminate; forest-green colored furniture and......smatterings of copper vases filled with creamy white silk flowers. I love it! Lighting includes a metal lamp base (looks like a square, ginger jar shape) with Asian scenes of daily life with purples, reds, greens, blues and other simple candlestick type lamps, but the shades are kept neutral with natural linen. We also have two Persian-style area rugs that blend very nicely with the laminate but has subtle pattern. The most wonderful aspect of the Aster-colored walls is that the color changes subtlely throughout the day and is very intimate feeling at night. This is our favorite room in the house.
stephaniepoli stephaniepoli 5 years
Stunning. Love the dramatic colors, so rich.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 5 years
It is! Even more purple!
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
Is that a piece of amethyst on your table, too? If so, love it! What a great way to tie in a little more of the purple from your beautiful chairs.
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