Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging?

Pantone_purpleBy Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Pantone selected Ultra Violet as its 2018 Color of the Year. The vibrant color is popping up in more fashion, but when it comes to home design, is it just too bold for staging? After all, no one wants to deal with a purple elephant in the room when trying to stage a home for sale.

But designers are showing tasteful ways to weave in shades of purple to brighten otherwise neutral decorated rooms. Purple up against a mostly all-beige or all-white room can be just the colorful statement to welcome in the spring buying season.

Purple painted rooms still may be a harder sell in a home for sale, but purple hues in pillows, throw blankets, accessories, florals, or even accent chairs or a tufted couch may just be the touch of purple that takes a room from blah to memorable.

Below we feature a few examples from the popular remodeling site Houzz that show how purple accents can be used in a chic way to brighten up a space. What do you think? Will purple be a hot accent for your spring-time staging?

Purple Velvet

Purple velvety accent chairs against an otherwise neutral backdrop helps make this room more eye-catching.


Purple Pattern

The lime green patterned bedding helps to offset the purple statements in this bedroom design.


Purple Accents

All shades of purple help spice up the décor in this living room, from the flowers to the ottomans, pillows, and blanket.


Purple Accent Walls

If you do purple on the walls, you may want to make it in just a small spot–careful not to overpower the room. Check out this example below, in which the designers use purple wallpaper to accent a fireplace nook in the dining room. The purple hue is then repeated in the lighting fixture and curtains.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. We have purple in several rooms and just love it. Nice article Melissa!!

  2. The shades of purple is a nice splash of colors especially in the bedroom!

  3. Great! This cheerful shade is best both in bright and dark.

  4. Great photos! The shades of purple’s a nice splash of colors especially in the bedroom.

  5. Nice photos! Thank you for the updates.

  6. Great with its complimentary colors!

  7. Purple can be a hot accent along with other cool colors. Perfect for spring!


    The Pantone color of the year is the one we use in our company’s Real Estate sign. To us the best use of the color is with a purple FOR SALE sign with our logo.

  9. Love this article and splashes of purple really pop in staging and decor! Perfect for Spring and the main color of Easter.

  10. Absolutely, love the color purple, with crushed velvet, how elegant.

  11. very beautiful , with different colors of purple for these different rooms,. congratulations

  12. gorgeous photos!!

  13. Rich velvety purple matches well with a complimentary color.

  14. Sienna

    I really enjoyed the article, and the photos show how versatile purple can be. It goes so well with neutrals, and it can also be bold. I’ve always liked it with many other colors, from blue to green to yellow to gray. Purple seems like a good staging color because of its versatility as a “color pop” throughout a house. It can help make the staging “flow” flow, and it adds a subtle richness and subtle fun. The article got me thinking about full-house staging strategies because the tips all clearly work together, and the right accent color can play a big role in that. Thanks for the purple suggestion!

  15. Great photos!! the shades are looking nice..