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The color experts at Pantone have selected the color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224). With a blend of purple, pink and fuchsia, it was chosen to create intrigue, spark imagination and emanate warmth.
Last year, I shared ideas about how to incorporate the color of the year into your home décor with accents, because Emerald was a vibrant color choice. This year’s color, Radiant Orchid, is easier to incorporate, and you can use it for more than just an accent or two; Radiant Orchid can be a focal point in any room.
Here are some ways you can bring some of that intrigue and charm into your home with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid.
An accent wall can spruce up a living room, dining room or common area. Radiant Orchid can create warmth if you have dark furniture and bold lighting fixtures or it can create a cool environment if you have oak, white or wicker furniture and simplified lighting.
With the color of the year showing up in clothing, makeup and textiles, it’ll be easier than ever to find a couch, armchair or ottoman in varying shades of purple. You can make orchid-colored furniture a focal point in your room using coordinating pillows, lamps and other décor to tie the room together.
Area rugs and smaller accent rugs in shades of orchid can liven up a room that has seen the same furniture and layout for years. Find ones with geometric patterns, paisley, floral or damask designs and you’ll be able to add a splash of color and personality to neutral walls and traditional furniture.
You might prefer bedding where all of the pieces are a solid match, but a combination of purple, orchid and gray, whether in a solid or print, can create a calming environment for the bedroom. If you prefer a simpler duvet cover, you can incorporate decorative pillows in varying shades of purple to add a luxurious touch and make a bedding ensemble fit for royalty.
Whether your dining room table is oblong or round, a tablecloth, placemats or napkins in an amethyst or orchid shade can be the perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s dinner and take you all the way through Easter and springtime. Add a vase of lisianthus stems and crystal candlestick holders for a sophisticated touch.
Bath towels and hand towels in orchid and deeper shades of purple are appropriate for both men and women and can be coordinated with shower curtains, rugs and window treatments. When I was growing up, my aunt’s upstairs bathroom was entirely purple – paint and all – and it was magical. You don’t have to go all in; you can simply add a potted faux dendrobium or cymbidium orchid to the vanity countertop and a lilac-scented candle, and you’ve got yourself a makeshift spa right at home.
Radiant Orchid looks great with neutral colors, pastels and, naturally, variations of purple. Here are a few colors that coordinate well to help you design a warm or cool environment:
Do you plan on incorporating this year’s color of the year into your home décor? Let us know how you use Radiant Orchid to transform your living space!