Plum colours—from deep eggplant to rosy rouge—look chic in combination with greys, khakis and creams. And they match equally well with vibrant pinks, reds, and oranges. But they are often unfairly dismissed as being difficult to use in decorating, says Elaine Griffin, a US-based interior designer. “It’s a surprisingly versatile colour,” she says. “Plum is made by combining mostly red and blue, so any colours that go with those two are beautiful with plum.”
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Primary colour Griffin uses plums in place of dark beige and brown to set the basic tone for a room.
Light effects Rooms that are bathed in natural light balance out saturated plum walls, Griffin says. But in rooms with little light, it’s best to use this hue as an accent.
Best dressedGriffin takes colour cues from this fall’s fashion runways, where new plum combinations inspired her. “Plum is super-fresh with greens, from lime to oregano. I also love it with turquoise, gold and orange —yum!”
Photographs by Tanuj Ahuja and Anshuman Sen, Styling by Ruchika Goswamy and Simrat Kohli, for Better Homes and Gardens