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How to decorate with 2014's color of the year

If you're thinking of updating your interior design for the new year but are stumped as to where to start, Pantone Inc.'s Color of the Year for 2014 might help. If you recall, the hottest color of 2013 was Emerald, but things are going in a different direction now that Radiant Orchid is the new choice.

"While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained in a press release. "An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today's society."

With this shade of purple and perhaps a few others, you can embrace that creative spirit and make your home a more interesting space. Consider these design ideas for using purple.

Start small
If you're wary about using purple in something like your living room or bedroom, start small in a space like your bathroom or laundry room. You may want to begin by choosing purple switch plates and outlet covers, which will add a fun whimsical element to your design. If you're a little bolder, try painting an accent wall purple or using purple wallpaper. Serious enthusiasts can go with all four walls.

Choose dark or light
The shades of purple you choose will dictate the feel of the room. Something lighter and pinker like Radiant Orchid is more playful, while deeper purples evoke sophisticated taste. Go with a lighter purple in your daughter's room or in a guest bathroom, and choose darker purple for something like your living room or dining room. If you can't decide which shades you want to go with, mixing them won't be a problem - it'll make the space feel more dynamic.

Add accents to a neutral space
You don't have to make a huge commitment if you want to liven up your rooms with purple. As long as you have a neutral backdrop, purple accent pieces will do just fine. Choose plug covers, throw pillows, vases, flowers and curtains to add touches of purple anywhere. When they're mixed with neutrals like white, beige, cream and brown, they'll stand out without seeming like too much. Then, if you ever feel like a change, it'll be simple to choose a different accent color - like maybe next year.

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