Radiant orchid, the Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year for 2014, is a complex, sassy selection as vibrant as the exotic bloom for which it is named. Pantone, widely regarded as the global authority on color, studies worldwide trends to determine each color of the year, and executive director Leatrice Eiseman says this year’s choice, “with its harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”Creativity may be needed to integrate this powerful, modern tone into soft and traditional decorating palettes. With popular neutrals like whites, grays and taupes, a pop of orchid has a sophisticated look. Added to black, it creates a sense of drama and elegance. Meshed with fellow bold brethren turquoise, citrine or red, it has a hip, modern feel. “[It] calls for strong contrasts,” says Gayla Jett Shannon, a principal of Inside Inc. in Fort Worth, who teaches interior design classes at TCU. “I can see it used confidently with vivid oranges, yellow-oranges and complementary blue-greens or turquoise.”If you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side of the garden, you can fully commit, as paint, wallpaper and textile companies already are producing myriad wares in this color family. Or, simply inject touches of its radiancy into your existing design scheme with these pillows, throws and more.
Ways to Decorate with Radiant Orchid
Here are tips from area design sources on how to incorporate the bold color into your home decor.
1 Add just a pop of radiant orchid for a restrained effect. A pillow or throw, table lamp, piece of glassware or an art print provides instant impact while not upsetting the balance of your existing color scheme.
2 Create a tablescape that hints of spring. Use white ironstone with radiant orchid linens or stemware. Splurge on china that highlights the color, and mix it with metallic accents. An actual orchid floral centerpiece will crown the design.
3 Upholster or paint chairs in radiant orchid around a medium- or dark-hued wood dining table, vanity or desk. Try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Henrietta” or “Emile.”
4 Toss a new throw rug into a bathroom or kitchen. An area rug contains the vibrancy of radiant orchid without overwhelming the space. Radiant orchid pairs well with natural wood or white cabinets and complements stainless steel finishes.
5 Revive romance in the bedroom with layers of bedding in shades of radiant orchid. Its rosy color complements many skin tones.
6 Paint an accent wall or a small space like a powder room or a foyer with Benjamin Moore’s “Lilac Pink,” Sherwin-Williams’ “Exclusive Plum,” or “Radiant Orchid” from Valspar’s Pantone Universe Paint Collection.
— Susan Kennedy
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