Passionate About Purple?

If you haven’t heard (and seen) by now, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. Beautiful color, sort of a purp[y-pinkish hue, perfect for the runway.

Lady Lux.com

Photo by LadyLux.com

On the color wheel, it is complementary to yellow, and leans towards the red-violet family rather than the blues.

Color Wheel

But, honestly, when I first saw the announcement, I thought “where would you use this in design?!” Where does this lovely shade of purple fit in, other than Hawaii? Especially if you live in and design in a country style home?! So, I went searching on Houzz.com to see how designers and decorators are treating this latest trend, and what I discovered was amazing. Room after room of orchids and lavenders in all shades and hues, from the deepest purple to the loveliest, palest lavender.  Here are a few inspirational spaces, and some simple ways to add just a touch of Radiant Orchid to your life (without having to spring for a plane ticket to Hawaii : )

City Style

Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St Charles

Robert Schwartz and Karen Williams for St Charles

Country Style

Bedroom by Locati Architects

Bedroom by Locati Architects

Pretty Little Girl’s Room

Child's Room by Nicole Freezer Rubens

Child’s Room by Nicole Freezer Rubens

Country Cupboard in Rustic Entryway

Rustic Cupboard by Mark EnglishArchitects AIA

Rustic Cupboard by Mark EnglishArchitects AIA

Tropical Paradise

Kim E Courtney Interiors and Design

Kim E Courtney Interiors and Design

Dreamy White Style

Table Vignette by Dreamy WhitesSlick and Modern Kitchen

Kitchen by Mokomo MortonOMG-Kitty!!! (Jackie, this one’s for you : )

One Beacon Court Contemporary by Duane Kaschak

Kitty Room by Duane Kaschak

Man Cave-golfer’s paradise.

Study by Dave Fox Design Build

Study by Dave Fox Design Build

Who would think to paint a man’s study lavender? Love the rustic table, old leather chair, stone fireplace with lavender hued stone. Genius!

Office by Benjamin Moore. I could work here. All day long.

Office by Benjamin Moore

Office by Benjamin Moore

Sweet Dreams.

Bedroom by Tara Dudley Interiors

Bedroom by Tara Dudley Interiors

One Little Perfect Pillow

Passionate Purple by Mark English ArchitectsComplementary

Complementary Colors by Capitol Lighting

Complementary by Capitol Lighting

To see more of my favorite purple rooms, check out Passionate Purple on Houzz.com or Pinterest. So what do you think? Are you passionate about purple? Have a radiant Thursday, everyone! Susan

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