Purple became a favorite color when I was a teenager and I’ve always worn it. And while it had a wild in/out swing over the 20th century — in vogue during the 1920s and ’60s and out of style otherwise — its current revival for home decor seems especially strong. It’s everywhere from kitchen cabinets to bathrooms like these today; often combined with yellow and it looks quite right with countrified interiors.
I’ll make a pitch for blue-violet window and door trim – like the one in the cottage bath — particularly in climates with strong light. It’s great with these parchment-hued walls, happy with geranium red as an accent, and peacefully blends with the gilded mirror and the vanity crafted from a whitewashed vintage chest.
With its limestone floor and marble-dot-tile borders, this stately master tilts towards Deco. We’ve seen the twin Michael Smith Kallista marble consoles used before but the choice of full-on royal-colored walls with white trim seems daring and assertive.
Slipper, or clawfoot, tubs often have brightly painted exteriors (or they can be black) to contrast with their decorative feet. I couldn’t resist including this eccentric blue-violet bath with its old-fashioned ringed shower curtain. These tubs are made new in the same style and it’s great to salvage and older ones which are still viable.