Decorating with the color purple
Deep twilights, ripe boysenberries and sparkling amethysts -- few colors embody equal parts juicy and mysterious the way purple does. And this year, everyone is just wild about the shade. The beauty of purple is that there's no wrong choice. From subdued hues to vibrant brights, there is a purple for everyone. Here are some products to bring this fun shade into your home this year.
Henrika Throw(Credit: Handout)
Cheer up an old chair with a soft blanket and you've found your new favorite reading nook. A sizable 71-by-47-inches, the machine-washable acrylic Henrika Throw in Lilac packs plenty of punch. Available for $14.99 at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-681-4532 and ikea.com.
Radiant Orchid Narrow Zig Zag Apothecary Table Lamp(Credit: Handout)
Completely on-trend and totally timeless, the curvy Radiant Orchid Narrow Zig Zag Apothecary Table Lamp will light up a room even before it's turned on. Sharp chevron stripes on the drum shade help balance out the wiggly base, and the 30-inch high lamp takes a maximum 150-watt equivalent bulb. Available for $149.99 at lampsplus.com.
Port 68 Lilac Vase(Credit: walmart.com)
Here's a vase that adds a pretty pop to any table or countertop: the Port 68 lilac vase, available for $143.99 at walmart.com.
J. Queen New York Midori Shower Curtain(Credit: Handout)
Soften cool winter light with floral berry-toned curtains. The lustrous finish on each J. Queen New York Midori Shower Curtain adds a cheerful glow to any bathroom. Available in four sizes, from $34.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com.
Delightful Discoveries Bouquet(Credit: Handout)
If you're not ready to commit to purple, why not try it out for just a week? This Delightful Discoveries Bouquet by Vera Wang features an explosion of scented purple blossoms, including stock, lilies and carnations. Four sizes available starting at $69.99 at ftd.com.
Home McKenzie Octagonal Rug(Credit: Handout)
Brighten up a neutral room from the ground up. A washable nylon floor covering such as this 5-by-5-foot Home McKenzie Octagonal Rug can make a major impact without requiring a lot of effort. Latex backing helps prevent slippage and taped edges prevent fraying. Available for $99.99 at jcp.com.
Exclusive Plum wall paint(Credit: Handout)
Exclusive Plum, Sherwin-Williams' Color of the Year for 2014, is an elegant shade of purple, which is neither overtly masculine nor feminine. It makes a surprisingly bold neutral, with its undertones of blue, red and gray. Available at Sherwin-Williams stores.
Victoria Classics Hayden 5-pc. Quilt Set(Credit: kohls.com)
Add a little color to your dreams with the Victoria Classics Hayden 5-pc. Quilt Set, which comes with two standard shams, an oblong pillow and a square pillow. Available in full/queen and king; $129.99-$149.99 at kohls.com.
Le Creuset 12-Ounce Mug(Credit: Handout)
Morning coffee, afternoon hot chocolates and even the occasional evening hot toddy in the evening feel warmer when sipped from a generously-sized, colorful mug. Le Creuset's 12-Ounce Mug in Cassis is made from oven, microwave and dishwasher safe stoneware and coated in a protective glaze. Available for $13.99 at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores and bedbathandbeyond.com.