Radiant Orchid Blooms as Color of the Year

02/05/2014 12:00 AM

02/05/2014 2:20 PM

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.

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