Pantone’s Color of the Year–Radiant Orchid–How to Pack a Mini-Purple-Punch

purple collage

So I’ll tell you I didn’t jump up and down and do the happy dance when Pantone made it’s choice for Color of the Year.  It’s not that I hate purple, but looking around my house I realized I mustn’t care for it that much.  The only evidence of purple is the lilac we did in Anna’s room when we first moved here.  I won’t show you a picture of it today because it currently has twenty different turquoise paint swatches patiently waiting in a row for a decision.

But looking through my Pinterest boards I have noticed that a little purple, brought in with art, throws, pillows, bedding or accessories can look really pretty.  Purple actually looks good when paired with many different colors.  In our bedroom, I’ve kept it minimal with only cream and light blue.  I wanted a serene feel, but recently I’ve been thinking it might need a little punch or either pink or purple.  These pictures and products might inspire you to pack a small purple punch in your home.  Key word for Kevin will be “small”.


Image Found on Amber Interiors

[Sally%2520Wheat%2520Dining%2520Detail%255B2%255D.png]Laurie Perez Photography

Carden Cunietti


Image of Figure Study LVIITeil Duncan/Figure Study LVII

She Likes to Party  Yolanda Sanchez  2012Yolanda Sanchez/She Likes to Party


The Zhush

Product ImageLeontine Linens/Rayford+Mimi

One Kings Lane/Beside the Bed, Versailles Carafe & Glass
I had to throw this under bedding to say that a guest room is a perfect place to introduce purple into your home if you are unsure.  It’s makes a pretty guest space and you don’t have to look at it everyday.  And a bedside carafe and glass is one of my favorite touches in a guest room.

Throws and Pillows

Alexander Doherty

Herringbone Throw, Purple/GrayOne Kings Lane/Cozy Throws

Layla Grayce/Morgan Ornate Throw Pillow

Purple & Navy  Moroccan PillowOne Kings Lane/Purple & Navy Moroccan Pillow

Maps (who knew)

Bedroom A wall map mural from Vision Wallcoverings serves as a feature behind the iron bed from Scout House, dressed in...Photography Lauren Bamford/Styling Jason Grant

One Kings Lane/Map It Out, Constellation Print


Oval mirror, fresh flowers and a gypsy rockSource

Pair of Stone Bookends, PurpleOne Kings Lane/The Apothecary, Pair of Purple Stone Bookends

Staffordshire-Style Dogs, PairOne Kings Lane/Staffordshire-Style Dogs

One Kings Lane/Lenox Dinner Plates, C. 1920

Layla Grayce/Beth Lacefield by Surya Calaveras Mocha Hand Tufted Rug


Steven Gambrel

McCoy Design

Layle Grayce/Hillary Thomas Moxie Frenzy Lamp Finial

Fresh Flowers

79 ideas

House Beautiful/Erin Martin


Okay, now I’ve got to go break it to Kevin that I want more purple in our life…wish me luck.  So whether you’ve always loved purple or are on the fence, I hope this gave you some inspiration.  You could start with some fresh flowers of dive right in with an entire purple room like this laquered beauty below.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. 🙂
– kate

Steven Gambrel

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