Radiant Orchid – A Color to Inspire Confidence and Creativity
Pantone has just announced its 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid, a complex shade of purple with fucshia and pink undertones. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone, ”Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Purple has long been seen as a magical color and a color that inspires creativity and innovation. Look for radiant orchid in fashion and home decor throughout the coming year. Use it to add a burst of color to your wardrobe and to your home.
Radiant Orchid in Home Interiors
Above is a project I completed for a client several years ago. The client loved purple and I incorporated it into the artwork, pillows, upholstery and area rug in this striking living room. We should be seeing shades of purple, orchid, fucshia and pink turning up in fabrics and home accessories throughout 2014.
Use radiant orchid with olive and deeper hunter greens as well as turquoise, teal and light yellows. Its vibrance will also enliven neutrals such as gray, beige and taupe, serving to energize without overpowering.
Above is another client project I completed several years ago. I incorporated shades of purple with fucshia undertones into the throw pillows and the upholstery.
Select Colors that Make You Feel Good
I’m looking forward to incorporating radiant orchid into designs for my interior design clients in the coming year. However, remember that what is most important is to select colors with which you feel comfortable. If a color speaks to you, calms you or energizes you, makes you feel at ease and happy, then it’s probably a color that you should incorporate into your home. If you’re not sure yet about Radiant Orchid, start by adding some live orchids to your home and see how they make you feel. Please comment and let me know what you think about this new Color of the Year.
Until next time,