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King cake is so evocative of Mardi Gras for me, that I thought I’d use it as design inspiration today.

king cake
The New Orleans-style dessert cake is topped with the three traditional colors of Mardi Gras: green, yellow and purple. So in honor of this delicious galette des Rois, here are some of my favorite Mardi Gras-colored rooms.

Dreamy Green

First up is this green and white master bedroom from the 2009 Dream Home. It manages to be elegant, classic and freshly modern all at the same time.

green master bedroom

Luscious Yellow

One of my all-time favorite wallpapers is Design Happens own Jeannine Hays’ AfroChic line in Haze. It’s so rich and vibrant but can act as a neutral  against dark wood, reds, greens, purples and blues.

yellow aphrochic haze wallpaper

Royal Purple

I saved my favorite for last, the royal purple. Admittedly, this has been one of my favorite colors my whole life. My mother even claims that my first word was purple. If I had seen a gorgeous, deep purple like the one on this wall, I have no doubt I would be inspired to speak.

purple living room wall

If the King Cake pictured at the top looks delicious, visit Food Network for the recipe, plus tons of other traditional New Orleans dishes. To get you even more in the mood for Mardi Gras, check out Travel Channel’s official tour.


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