The news is out and after much guessing by designers the world over Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid as the colour for 2014.
|2014 Pantone Colour of the Year
It seems to leave people a little speechless. Now I am a purple lover and have hits of it around my house, but I lean toward the bluish purples. Even my front door is BM french violet. I have lavender front porch cushions etc. I wear lots of purples in clothing. But this is more pink.
It is a far cry from last year’s emerald.
If you bought into emerald last year here’s a combination of the two….
Certainly colourful. Notice how white is used to quieten this scheme.
But how to deal with this vibrant pink purple….
Play it safe and use it to add a jolt of colour in flowers… Beautiful and temporary.
Invest in a little leather that can be moved from room to room.
Paint a piece of furniture or a mirror.
Throw in a daring light fixture.
Buy an accent chair in this lovely hue and connect it with a patterned pillow.
Mix it up in lovely patterned bedding.
Or on a ceiling or headboard. Notice the leather ottoman from a previous shot.
Now we are getting daring with drapes, a bold geometric pattern and peonies. The dark furniture provides a rich backdrop for this scheme.
Or have the full meal deal with walls, bedding, drapes, pillows and art. Thankfully the white offers the perfect foil for the vibrancy.
Did you notice any trends in how it is used?
And good- bye with one of my paintings that works with this lovely colour
Margaret Ryall ( In Between) mixed media on canvas, 12 x 36 inches , private collection