How to use Radiant Orchid – Color of the Year 2014

When Pantone announced this year’s color earlier this month, all I could think about was how my 8 year old daughter was going to go bananas.  For about two years now, Caroline has been asking me to change the very young, girlie, pink and green palette in her room to PURPLE.  Yes, purple!  The only color any girl her age wants her room.  And, I have to admit, I have been fighting it.  But now that we’re building a new house, and she’s getting older I realize it’s time for a new, grown up change.  And, luckily Pantone’s Radiant Orchid is actually a hue I can live with.  Before you completely write off the idea of having anything purple (or orchid in this case) in your home, take a look at a few of these ideas on how to incorporate this vibrant color into your decor:

  • Add A Small Accent – Feeling uncommitted? Why not try adding a small splash of color to a room you feel needs a little pick me up.  How about a beautiful throw, small pillow, or even an actual orchid plant to brighten up your room? Drapes are great too! This could be the one thing your room could use to make you smile this winter.
  • Pull Out the Undertones – We all know red and blue make purple, so why not use those colors to compliment this bold shade? Even pinks, oranges and greens will work! I personally like how gray can make purple pop yet remain understated.  That’s what I plan on doing with Caroline’s new room.  Check out a few of these super cool ideas:


  • Go Big or Go Home – Okay, so you’ve officially fallen in love with Pantone’s choice for this year.  So why not go all out?! Hey, it will definitely be a topic of conversation at your next dinner party!

Questions? Comments? Let me know!

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome! I’m April Carney – a wife, a mom, and a great lover of interior design.  After years of being asked by friends to help me decorate their homes, I have finally decided it’s time – and now that I actually have the time (after having two kids) to have my own interior decorating business. I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin this journey and bring all of my ideas, research and thoughts into other peoples homes to make their space beautiful, functional, and inviting.

Here you will find me commenting about the latest design trends that intrigue me, current projects I am working on, or just what I happen to be thinking about at the time!  I hope you will continue to follow me as this new chapter in my life unfolds. I welcome your comments and suggestions anytime!

Happy decorating in 2014!


Me and the Girls