We think the new parma violet colour trend has come along at the right time. It’s bright, summery and cheerful, and who doesn’t need a bit of that in their lives at the moment? It is quite a strong colour, so we’d recommend picking it out with accessories rather than going full-on wallpaper or paint. If you want to make it pop, team it with sunshine yellow. For a cool, calming effect, pair it with blues, greys, shades of plum and brown. Here’s what we’ve picked out.
1. Super soft merino throw in parma violet, Tolly Rae
This pretty merino wool throw in dusky violet blue has a classic cream fringe. Mix it with white or neutrals for timeless elegance or with grey throws and bedding to add subtle colour. Inspired by the classic English confectionary, it’s made from 100% merino wool and costs £132 from Tolly Rae.
2. Ticking material in old violet, Annie Sloan
This classic herringbone cotton ticking has been designed to coordinate with the Annie Sloan range of prints and coloured linens, and is suitable for curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and general upholstery. Ideal for making cushions, tea cosies or lavender hearts to add a touch of colour. £34.95 per metre, available from Annie Sloan.
3. Sapphire stoneware mug in violet, Habitat
Made from stoneware, this violet mug is hand finished in a small ceramic studio in Thailand, and has a subtle speckled glaze is finished with a reactive glaze. Each one has a unique finish and slight variance in its colour. The mug is stackable and space efficient if you have little storage available. £6, available from Habitat.
4. Meadowlark tree canvas print, Louise Mead
Really make your walls pop with this colourful abstract tree canvas print in shades of violet, and pink. It’s printed in the UK onto thick canvas and stretched onto a frame so that it doesn’t need framing. Available in four sizes from Louise Mead, prices start at £50.
5. Violet Dream paint, Dulux
Violet paint is a great way of getting the look on a budget. Give a new lease of life to a mirror frame, chest of drawers or bedside table with this vibrant Violet Dream paint. For small projects, you can get a tester pot of emulsion from Dulux for £1.90 – it’s also available in large sizes of emulsion, gloss or silk finishes from Dulux stockists.
6. Violet glass bud vase and tealight holder, LSA
This duo of decorative accessories is handmade in Poland from coloured glass. The bud vase is designed to hold single stems or small posies and can be displayed individually or combined with the tealight holder to create a stylish centrepiece. Each piece is individually crafted by a glassblower and hand-finished using traditional techniques that have been perfected over the generations. £25 for the set, available from John Lewis.
7. Primavera mini plywood tray, Marimekko
This bright, summery tray is made from laminated birch plywood and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Ideal for carrying a cup of tea and some biscuits out into the garden! £33, available from Amara.
8. Wild flowers exercise book in violet, Cambridge Imprint
Modelled on old-fashioned school exercise books, this wildflower design has a cover of heavy, 170 gsm patterned paper, and contains forty pages of plain 90gsm ivory paper. Each book measures 170 x 213 mm. Available in several designs, it costs £4.50 from Cambridge Imprints.
9. Prism parma violet towels, Christy
These pretty violet towels are a limited edition colour. Made from 100% Turkish cotton, they have a sheared border and come in a range of sizes. There’s also a matching bath mat available. They’re currently 30% off from Christy, prices start at £2.10 (including saving).
10. Soft purple Harris tweed cushion in heather, The World in Cushions
This vibrant lilac Harris tweed was woven in the Outer Hebrides and mirrors the rich purple hues and soft lilac tones of heathland in full bloom. It is handmade from pure new wool, and comes complete with a duck feather pad. £68, available from The World in Cushions.