Recently I’ve been massively crushing on violet; not so much over a true purple, but more sophisticated shades of the hue: think deep, dark, brooding aubergine (or eggplant to my US readers!) and sleek plum tones. I’m currently working on overhauling my bedroom by teaming these shades with racing green, but I also think this particular shade of violet pairs seamlessly with golden saffron. The eclectic living room shown is an excellent example of how to pick two hues and use just one shade of each to produce a simple yet striking colour statement. The reason this works is because yellow – which is saffron’s parent hue – sits directly opposite violet on the colour wheel, and so combining the two together creates a harmonious complementary colour scheme. If you were to layer in other shades of the two hues the scheme would feel softer, but by just using one shade from each colour the scheme maintains a stronger visual statement. The picture shelf full of vintage prints and mirrors suits this traditional look but you could modernise this palette (and scheme) by swapping these pieces for a range of coloured glassware and bold typographic prints. What do you like about this palette, folks?
// Mrs. Jones


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Love it, call it what you will …opposites attract and this is a stunning combo. My favourite is saffron/gold/mustard…

  2. Stunning combo – whatever you wish to call it. I’ve always been in love with mustard/saffron/ochre even when it’s been ‘out of fashion’ it’s great teamed with the aubergine!

  3. Smashing! I love mustard, but never fully embraced *purple* boo…You’ve made me a new fan of eggplant (and I MUCH prefer the UK’s name for it: aubergine)!

  4. It looks great. Not much of a purple fan myself, but this one I can cope with. Love the vintage feel and the rug. hx

  5. GOSH I think this is close to my favorite colour palette ever – how awesome:) I love it all, – in-fact I’d move into that picture stat!!
    Take care Will, hope you are not freezing – here it truly is exactly that,

  6. I love the color combo! I would have never thought they would go so well with each other. Purple is one of my favorite colors so I’m obsessed with the rich velvet couch!

  7. Will, this color combination is gorgious, I loved it at first sight. The aubergine looks fab together with the mustard. Where is this sofa from?
    I linked you back on my blog, hope that’s ok with you. So glad, I met you in person at imm, your presentation was pure joy!
    Cheers from Düsseldorf

    • @FrauSchmitt Hello! It was lovely to meet you, too, thank you so much for coming! I’m not sure where this sofa is from, but you could try or similar to look for styles that may be closely matched. Good luck!

  8. Will, I keep coming back to this picture… loving the color combo. I think you have sent me on a new direction for my new house.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.