Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Incorporating Radiant Orchid, The Pantone Color of The Year, Into Your Decor

The Pantone color of the year for 2014 has been announced, and the winner is: radiant orchid. So get ready for a purple reign all over the retail and home design worlds soon.

According to Pantone, "Radiant orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination." It "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. Purple was once the color of "Roman Emperors and magistrates, and later by Roman Catholic bishops," said Wikipedia.

Since that time, purple has been commonly associated with royalty and piety."

So how much radiant orchid will we see?

Lest you think radiant orchid is a flash in the purple pan, the Chicago Tribune says we should "Look for the hue to carry deeper into fashion and beauty items, including nail and lip color, and to infiltrate home furnishings and paint."

Adds the L.A. Times: "At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last spring, Emerald - Pantone's color of the year for 2013 - could be found seemingly everywhere: Bernhardt furniture, acoustic wall textiles, Ikea velvet sofas. Bottom line: Prepare yourself for purple furniture, pink poufs, fuchsia bedding and perhaps Radiant Orchid gowns at this year's Oscars."

Whether you're looking to make sweeping changes to your décor or simply want to infuse your place with a few colorful on-trend accents, we have a few easy ways to incorporate radiant orchid into your home.


Paint is typically thought of as the biggest yet most affordable change you can make in a room. For under $100, you can alter the whole look and feel of the room, if you do it yourself.

Is radiant orchid a little too strong a color for a entire room? Elle Décor doesn't think so.

"Purple is divine as an accent or as a wall color," said New York designer Alex Papachristidis in Elle Decor. "I think of purple as a neutral - it looks wonderful with mossy green, a bit of yellow, red, and aqua blue. Purple is rich and lush, and has an incredibly regal quality."

If radiant orchid is a little too much pinky-purple for you, "Deeper shades of purple have been on the upswing as well," said the Wall Street Journal. "Sherwin-Williams recently announced its 2014 Color of the Year is a murky violet called 'exclusive plum.'"

Multiple shades of purples can also work together, especially in a girl's bedroom, because the "typical" rules of design are more easily bent - or broken.

One Big Punch

But if you like your colorful impact in smaller, but no less potent, doses, maybe this graphic wallpaper from HGTV is more your speed.

Graphic wallpaper from HGTV

Looking for something a little less labor-intensive? Hang a piece of art that offers a vibrant counterpart to more muted hues or plays off of opposites.

"In home interiors, Radiant Orchid pairs well with many colors, such as turquoise, teal and light yellows. It also livens up neutrals such as gray, beige and taupe," said


One of the easiest ways to incorporate a new color into your home - especially a color as bold as radiant orchid - is with accessories. A cool ottoman gives an instant pop.

Still too much work? Head to the flower mart and pick up a bunch of the color or the year's namesake flowers: orchids. There: instant update!

Check out or for more great ways to use radiant orchid in your home. 

Written by Jaymi Naciri

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