8 Ways to Use Radiant Orchid
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.
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?