Color of the Month: Decorating with Purple

Pantone is ringing in 2014 in a splash of lovely, soft purple. The 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, described as a “captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “emanates great joy, love and health.”


As a kid, I considered purple my favorite color. At some point I grew out of it for what I thought was a more sophisticated blue, which was replaced by cheery orange, which still remains my favorite. But now purple may be back in the running!

Radiant Orchid is a gorgeous shade that is so usable. It’s not just a girly color for decorating little girls’ rooms and play spaces; its a grown-up, eye-catching warm tone is perfect for brightening neutral rooms but can also be used with deep greens, bright turquoise and teal, and light yellows according to¬†Pantone’s press release.

I’ve found that too much purple is overwhelming, but I love it as an accent. Check out these tastefully done rooms featuring Radiant Orchid in small pops of color as well as larger doses.

I love it on accent walls to liven up otherwise stark rooms:

And of course, you can always go all-out girly – but sophisticated – with it:


Italbrass TanteAnte Vanity
Italbrass TanteAnte Vanity

What a vibrant and beautiful color! I love how it works in every room. Pantone definitely got the color of the year right!

What’s your favorite color? Do you have purple in your home?