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Add warmth and confidence to your abode with Radiant Orchid hues

Color is the best way to breathe new life into an apartment scene. It’s also the easiest way to make a statement of style and beauty, or to create a soothing retreat for you and your loved ones.

Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014, would be an inspired choice if you want to add zing to your home. This bold hue can magically freshen up your interiors, with its surprising gracefulness and warmth.

Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

We’ve collected a few ideas of purple – patterned home accessories that you can easily mix and incorporate into your home décor, without having to dig too deep into your pockets.

Purple drapery, wall art, vases, or frames would all make perfect additions to a home, especially if you’re aiming for a dazzling pop of color. A few accent pieces in this vivid shade and your décor will gain a plus of character, maybe even that “wow” factor that will impress your guests as soon as they step inside your quarters.

Purple draperies

As a more inexpensive option, think of bringing in spring blooms, such as peonies, lilac, roses or tulips, in lively hues of purple, lavender, pink, fuchsia or any other bright color that might add a plus of cheerfulness to your day.

Gorgeous Roses in Modern Vase

According to color experts at Pantone, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe.

If you want to give a boost of energy to your living room, go with purple decorations and accessories. A vivacious blanket thrown on the living room sofa, a brightly colored lampshade enhancing your reading nook, a refreshing flower arrangement or an entire wall painted purple could make all the difference in terms of stylish design.

Plum. Darker, reddish purples are warm and sophisticated.

 

As the one place offering respite from a busy lifestyle, the bedroom could really benefit from a little warmth and coziness. And introducing purple accents into your bedroom’s design scheme is one way to do it. Soft linens complemented by plush pillows, bedspreads or throws in this energetic hue that symbolizes la “joie de vivre” will add a playful feel to your retreat.

Purple pillow cases via etsy

For creating a more inviting ambiance and making your kitchen sparkle with emotion, go with Radiant Orchid colored appliances, wallpaper or even cabinets painted in this enamoring hue. Your kitchen will get an exotic vibe all of a sudden, and maybe even add a little more flavor to your cooking.

Kitchen remodel featuring purple cabinetry
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Design ideas

 

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Reinvent your apartment home with these easy decorating tips

A home tells a lot about a person. More often, the place we live in can be viewed as an extension of our personalities, of our interests and hobbies. All the more reason to think things through when looking for a theme to govern an interior redesign project. More than complying with some impersonal notions of beauty and glamor, your home’s décor should reflect your own personal style.

The right accessories can really pull a room together and give it a welcoming feel even if you’re not up for a major remodeling project. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Create a romantic ambiance. All of us could use a little more romance in our daily lives so it might be a good idea to add a few quixotic touches to your home. If you’re a dreamy person, go with the image of a garden in bloom and dress up your walls in floral motifs and soothing colors, either by applying lively wallpaper or some easy-to-install joyful decals. If wall redecorating goes against your apartment building’s rules, think of adding a vase of real blossoms, some perky decorations or a couple of colorful throw pillows for a plus of energy and subtle sweetness.

Shabby chic will never go out of fashion. This classic trend always finds its way back into the world of interior decorating as it allows design enthusiasts like us to easily mix a plurality of styles and elements. It offers a great pretext to bring antique treasures into the spotlight and lay emphasis on our heritage and culture. Cottage-style furnishings, antique picture frames or vintage mirrors, cotton bedding complemented by lacy curtains, a striped rug or a pitcher of dried organic lavender can magically remind one of a novel ambiance.

shabby chic living room courtesy of coastalliving

Add a masculine touch. Moving-in with a partner can be a real challenge when it comes to interior decorating. A lot of disputes rise over who gets to dominate the space. Male partners may not enjoy living surrounded by glitzy accessories and rosy décor or sleep in a girly bed covered in flowery linens. Neutrals are a great solution to this eternal gender battle. A combination of cream and plum can covey a powerful masculine vibe, cozy and energizing in the same time. Simple, clear lines and bold colors are key elements in creating a masculine look.

plum cream living room courtesy of darlingstuff.net

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Apartment living, Design ideas, Urban living

 

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