8 Ways to Use Radiant Orchid

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A few weeks ago, Pantone announced radiant orchid as their color of the year for 2014. If you’re not familiar with Pantone and why they are the deciding factor in predicting color trends, they are a printing company in New Jersey that developed a widely used color matching system that allows you to match up colors on any printer throughout the world. In addition, twice a year they meet with a number of representatives from various color standard groups to select a color for the following year.

Oftentimes, these colors are based on a certain world morale. For example, honeysuckle was 2011’s color and they said, “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going—perfect to ward off the blues.” Many designers use the color to plan their colorways for products. This year, radiant orchid has already been spotted in the design world. Here are some of my favorite ways of using the color.

1. Paint a piece of furniture. This display case is a beautiful yet funky way of using the color. It could be loud and obnoxious, but it’s toned down with more neutral colors.
2. Orchids in a vase. If you don’t want to commit to a loud piece, put some real orchids in a green vase, it’s a beautiful way to complement the orchid color.
3. A piece of art. If you don’t want to commit to painting a piece of furniture or something more permanent, consider a piece of art in the colorway. That way, you can move it around to other locations if you get tired of it.
4. Radiant orchid bathroom tile. I LOVE this! Orchid is a bit pink and a bit purple, but it here it reads as feminine without being too in-your-face.

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5. Walls with matching curtains. This dressy orchid color is enhanced with beautiful and sophisticated lighting fixtures and furniture choices.
6. Sofa with coordinating window hangings. This vibrant sofa is an accurate description of radiant orchid. Combined with shades of blues, it reads as modern and tranquil.
7. Accent pillow. Using an orchid accent pillow shows you are aware of the trend, but don’t want to overuse it. Plus, it’s easy to change year after year.
8. One wall with funky color choices. Painting just one wall is an easy commitment. Combine orchid with a tomato red and sea foam for a fun mix of colors.

What do you think of 2014’s color of the year? Yay or nay?

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the lovely (and helpful!) posts. You immediately recognize how beautifully the radiant orchid color(s) go with turquoise. Would that fabric designers likewise recognized this pairing! I’m in the midst of redecorating my living room and am determined to have the central colors be peacock/turqoise blue plus radiant orchid. What I have been searching for in vain, however, is an elegant looking print fabric in which these two colors are brought together. Whenever turquoise is involved, it seems invariably to get paired with lime greens, maybe yellows or other blues, but I am pulling my hair out trying to find it paired with radiant orchid. You do show the Kravet Bengal silk, but the colors are too muted in that fabric to work. If only the pin you mounted of the Duralee fabric “mulberry” had used a turquoise rather than the orange!! Anyway, I am so frustrated by my failure to find this elusive combination that I finally just thought I would reach out to you and see if you have any suggestions. I would be deeply appreciative for any help you can give!
    Many thanks,
    Lynda Boose

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.