Decorating Your Home With The Color Magenta

It's not common to walk into a home and see magenta-colored details in its decor. Keep reading this article and you may fall in love with this color and start using it in your home!
Decorating Your Home With The Color Magenta

Last update: 12 June, 2020

It can be quite difficult to break the traditional schemes of interior design. One way to do this, however, is through something called chromatic combination. In this article, we’re going to help you discover new ideas when it comes to decorating interiors. To do this, we’ll show you how you can add the color magenta into your home.

It’s not like this color is completely unusual. Many interior designers have used this color in decoration. Some people just want to distance themselves from traditional decor and instead, open new aesthetic perceptions. The key to correctly understanding this color’s functionality is making sure it goes along smoothly with the rest of the decor pieces.

You can’t just use the color magenta from the principles of randomness and improvisation. Remember that this is a very bright and intense color that will attract all eyes immediately. Therefore, it requires you to think it through – do you believe it’d be a great addition to your home? How? Let’s see…

What are the different tonalities of the color magenta?

A bright chair in the living room.

Just like most other colors, the color magenta offers different variables. On one hand, there’s the clearest and most intense magenta, which is close to a fuchsia pink but with greater strength. This shade isn’t all that common in the world of interior design.

On the other, the magenta tone that’s most prevalent in the decor world is the one closest to garnet. Of course, it’s not as dark. It has a certain mix with the color purple. For this reason, many consider it a unique and distinguished shade, close to the Kitsch style.

Undoubtedly, this color has the power to draw everyone’s attention. In other words, it acquires a leading role over the rest of the colors, simply because of how bright and different it is. The good thing about the color magenta is the possibilities it offers; you can choose either a light or a dark shade – either would make your home look unique.

Magenta is considered a versatile color. Nonetheless, it requires analysis to use it correctly.

3 ways to use the color magenta in the living room

The color magenta reflected in cushions on a leather couch.

You may not like this color, which is okay. However, you should appreciate the interesting contribution that it can make in the living room. In a way, it helps the room reach a level of elegance and sophistication. In fact, due to its tonality, it provides a certain warmth on the surface. Let’s see how you can use it.

  1. If you want your sofa to stand out more than any other piece of furniture, you can buy a magenta one (or have it customized). However, if you decide to do this, remember to keep the rest of the elements neutral. You don’t want it to look too colorful.
  2. Here’s another option if you don’t want to go that bold. You can choose a neutral-colored sofa and add magenta cushions – how does that sound? In this way, you’d be adding pops of magenta to different decor elements (you could also have the carpet or the lamp in this color) to balance things.
  3. As for the wall, using this color may be just what you need. Without a doubt, though, the rest of the furniture and objects must be in neutral tones so as not to saturate the living room. It’s all about balance.

Adding the color magenta to the bedroom

A wall painted in the color magenta.

In the bedroom, magenta must be more specific. Its distribution can’t be too diverse. Instead, it must be quite straightforward.

The first idea we have for you is adding it to the wall where the head of the bed rests. In this way, the whole set will be enhanced. Lastly, to make the bedroom look harmonious, paint the rest of the walls in white or gray. 

On the other hand, you may complement the decor by adding a magenta carpet, a magenta blanket on the bedspread, or a magenta lamp. Don’t use this color on the bed if the wall is magenta.

Would this color work in the bathroom as well?

Bathroom details in the color magenta.

Of course! The bathroom is one of the spaces where this color could work subtly and delicately. Remember to be gentle with it – you don’t want to make the room look too crazy. You can add the color magenta to a wall or the drawers underneath the sink.

To establish a harmonious contrast, the floor, and the toilet must be white. In this way, you’ll achieve an effective result without aesthetic differences.

Magenta also works very well with gray or cream. The idea is for the colors to complement one another and making the space look neat. Of course, all the attention will be on the magenta elements you decide to add.


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  • Lluch, Francisco Javier: Arte de armonizar los colores, Imprenta de El Porvenir, Barcelona, 1858.