Royal purple, first used as a color name in English in 1661, is a deep shade with more blue than red. As the name suggests, this variant of violet is associated with a regal bearing and has an air of sophisticated elegance. Purple is associated with royalty because the rare pigment was once used only for the clothing of the wealthy. More than 2,000 sea snails were required to make just one gram of the required dye. Rich jewel tones like royal purple are universally flattering and make a dramatic impact when worn together. Industry color trend reports for spring and summer suggest that this shade of purple will be hot with deep magenta, mustard yellow, navy blue and crisp, clear white. As for using royal purple in your home, moody, desaturated hues are on trend this year. Take your violet down a few notches and go dark on the walls for a bedroom that amps up the mystery and sensuality. Style experts suggest a muted, multifaceted purple for an effect that’s more grown-up than goth. Jewel-toned accents add interest to any aesthetic, so go for a brighter blue-violet shade inspired by the amethyst. With lime green, purple pops for a modern, eclectic effect. Muted versions of these tones also work for the color-shy. Pair purple with bronze for a palette that’s fit for a queen.