Violet is a marvellous colour to add a single accent to any room, but one place where it would look absolutely spectacular would be against a white painted wooden floor in a seaside home – if you don’t live by the seaside, you can always pretend you do by sticking to floaty white curtains, distressed white walls and floors and simple rubbed back furniture. The great thing about this look is that you don’t need to add much to it; a bunch of dried lavender tied with raffia or string laid on a pale coffee table, some blue ticking to cover the sofa and you are almost there. A round violet rug in the middle of the floor will give that air of luxury and with very little effort you could almost hear the seagulls.
Go a few shades deeper and you are in real luxury country; the purple of a real dog-violet from under a tree in spring, teamed with a pale green carpet and washed-sage upholstery will give a spring like effect all year round. Pale colours are a very restful way of decorating any room but they need something to give them a little zing and the deepest of violets will always do just that. If you stick to naturals in the rest of the decor, the colour can be as vibrant as you like. In colour therapy, violet is linked with energy, the transmission of ideas and communication. The use of colour in alternative medicine is not taken seriously by everyone but there is no arguing that a violet rug on a plain floor in a neutral room does attract the eye and certainly is a talking point, so who knows!
Because violet is such a rich colour, it lends itself very well to the shiny fibres used recently in longer pile rugs. The gleam adds even more depth and shimmer to the colour which most of us connect with the rainbow and really makes you think of rain-washed skies on a summer day. Violet is an excellent colour for any room but seems most at home in a bedroom as it is so restful. Although it is one of the deepest colours you would find in a rug it is nevertheless not over-intrusive and as an accent colour it is one of the easiest to live with and certainly very versatile.