Cheers to Radiant Orchid!

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It’s expressive, exotic and yet undeniably warm and welcoming: meet Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color’s Color of the Year for 2014. The global colour authority is known for its trend forecasting, and each year, fashionistas and décor mavens alike eagerly await its pronouncement. Now that this hybrid purple-fuschia-pink shade has been crowned, expect to see it in clothing, accessories – and interior decorating – throughout the year ahead.

Here are 5 easy ideas for working this versatile shade (PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid) into your home this year.

1. Drapery

This sumptuous hue is perfect for window coverings. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of decorating with a pinky-mauve hue: it’s extremely versatile.

Radiant Orchid drapery will enliven a space decorated in a traditionalist olive/deep hunter green-based colour scheme.

It’s the fast-track to updating a neutral grey, beige or taupe-based room palette.

Finally, it’s a natural complement to an eclectic room designed around bold turquoise, teal and light yellow hues.


2. Walls

One of our favourite ways to instantly update a room is to paint a feature wall. It takes way less time than repainting an entire room, and the effect is just as dramatic. Many designers actually prefer this approach since it’s less overwhelming. And with just one wall, you can update it annually.


3. Upholstery and cushions

Consider recovering a chair or cushions in this fabric for the living room. In the bedroom, a tufted headboard in this fabric would be absolutely breathtaking.


4. Accessories

If you’re commitment averse, use simple accessories to introduce this colour to a room. Because it’s not a hot, eye-popping colour, you’ll need to pepper a space with more than just one or two pieces. Think groupings: a pile of pillows, a clutch of new mugs, a collection of ceramic pieces or flowerpots, even abstract artwork.


5. Area rug

Another easy-peasy way to add Radiant Orchid to your life is to introduce it underfoot in a high-quality area rug. Use this captivating and expansive hue to bring life to a room from the ground up.

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