Above, purple and green rooms dazzle in a New Orleans home decorated by Gwen Driscoll, as featured in House Beautiful.
Thousands of revelers from near and far flock to New Orleans this time of year for Mardi Gras, where the celebrations are so revered that they’re considered a state holiday. Though we’re inspired by the generous traditions and overall spirit of Mardi Gras, we couldn’t help but notice just how gorgeous two of the signature colors of the festivities are: purple and green. Though at first they seem too opposing to go together, purple and green really do work beautifully together. (Just think of how the vivid green leaves of an iris complement the deep purple petals.) We’re translating this classic color scheme into décor with a few of our favorite purple and green picks from our new arrivals here at Viyet:
Why we love it: Wrought iron has always felt so “New Orleans” to us, bringing to mind the fabulous architectural accents found on exteriors in the region. It’s even better when patinated to a rich green. Pair this with a simple wood dining table, or place over a grand kitchen island for a touch of Big Easy style.
Why we love it: The French influence is strong in New Orleans, making this chair and ottoman set a natural choice for our roundup. We love how the gold frame brings out the shimmering depth of the royal purple velvet upholstery.
Why we love it: In décor, green is often incorporated in soft hues like sage or mint. However, a glass-bottle green can be breathtaking in an interior, not to mention unique. The resplendent silk in this luxe rug takes color beautifully, making this a great statement piece for any living area.
Why we love it: Like the above rug, the silk makes the color of this shapely headboard feel so much richer. The headboard deserves to be the focal point in the bedroom — but that doesn’t mean you can’t pair it with stronger colors. The darker purple holds its own with vivid colors (think: bright coral) in addition to the expected neutrals.
Why we love it: Desks are occasional pieces in the home, so why not choose one with a bit more personality? The muted lime accents in this contemporary take on a classic secretary make correspondence feel a bit more fun (instead of an obligation).
Why we love it: Like the silk rug and headboard on our list, mohair is another material that gives new dimension to color — such as in this deep, deep plum sofa. In fact, it’s so deep that it could be briefly mistaken at first glance for black or charcoal, which means you can treat it like a neutral. We also love the way the unconventional hue feels just as exciting as the unusual yet undoubtedly modern shape.