Summer is over. Fall is here and the leaves are starting to change.
Layers of clothing start to come out and things start to feel cozier everywhere you go.
When I think of the color purple, I think of it as a moodier color suiting the transition from summer to fall. If I ever wore color, I’d be inspired to pair a purple cashmere sweater with charcoal tweed slacks. I’d also be inclined to switch out airy throw pillows for autumnal tones, preparing to settle in for the winter.
Perhaps that is what Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda were also thinking this month - as they all featured purple prominently in their respective October issues.
One could think that this was planned, but as it turns out it happened to be a coincidence.
I had the opportunity to ask the editors of each magazine about their inspiration for featuring purple.
Michael Boodro, Editor-in-chief of Elle Decor:
"Purple definitely seems to be the color of the moment, and it’s not going away soon. In fact, we have a dazzling lacquered purple room on our upcoming November cover. What’s great about purple is that it can be formal and majestic or fun and funky, masculine or feminine. And it’s guaranteed to be noticed. So it’s perfect for the newsstand."
“Purple is a happy color. Even in its moodier shades, it makes you feel special. I particularly like it smoky and gray.” “Maybe the appeal of purple right now has something to do with the faltering economy and a simmering sense of insecurity in the world. Wow, that’s depressing. I need a dose of purple!”
“In the home, I love purple mixed with neutrals, either grey or mousey taupe. The combinations are soothing, yet dramatic. That’s what we had in mind when designing our October cover, quiet greige with a punchy purple logo.”
Is this a trend? Will we be seeing more touches of purple in interiors in the coming months? I personally think that purple is going to be one of the next hot colors. I love the moodier shades that have a lot of grey. What are your thoughts about purple? Do you use in your own interior? Or will you now consider incorporating it into your interior since it seems to be a trend?
Thank you Michael, Newell and Dara for sharing your thoughts!