Signifying royalty in the past, purple continues to add elegance to the home or the wardrobe. The color eggplant refers to a deep, dark purple with a slight brown hue. Named after the vegetable characterized by deep purple skin, the color eggplant also answers to the name of aubergine, the French word for eggplant. This color has many dance partners and will casually add elegance wherever you place it.

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Modern Combinations

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For a pop of color in a modern setting, throw eggplant into the mix. A modern design or color scheme makes bold statements with sleek simplicity. Combine a rich eggplant with bright white, shiny silver or inky black for a dramatic effect. In the HGTV online article "5 Grown-Up Purple Interiors," designer DD Allen comments, "White kitchens, while beautiful, can sometimes look sterile. But purple is a nice backdrop for the white and silver of today's appliances." If you desire to wear eggplant for a modern, chic ensemble, pair your eggplant-colored shirt with a bright white skirt or a soft gray pair of slacks. Finish off your outfit with shiny black shoes or a patent leather handbag.

Eggplant and Shades of Brown

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"Purple and brown always look good together," says designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz in "5 Grown-Up Purple Interiors." He explains that the combination is "always rich and welcoming." Eggplant makes a dramatic statement, and when paired with warm brown, the effect remains classic and interesting. For a bedroom color scheme, paint rich eggplant on all four walls, or simply the main wall behind the bed, and place dark wood furniture against the wall for a stylish yet cozy retreat. Pair an eggplant-colored dress with brown suede boots and brown accessories for an effortlessly charming outfit suitable for any season of the year.

Jewel Tones

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Not surprisingly, the color eggplant mingles easily with other jewel tones. A popular color scheme for weddings, Classy Sassy Weddings' website displays jewel-toned bouquets and table settings that expertly marry dramatic eggplant with emerald greens, ruby reds and cheerful blues. According to the HGTV online article, "Neutral-Colored Living Room Enriched With Bold Jewel Tones," designer Wendy Gallagher utilized the same jewel tones when she woke up a neutral living room. She painted the walls mustard yellow, added eggplant-colored detail around dark wood door frames, and threw down an eggplant-toned area rug to add contrast to cream and dark wood furniture.