A Radiant 2014

The reports are in, and Pantone has crowned another year with another color. Their pick this year? Radiant Orchid. It’s a hue that’s especially relatable to interior design – as Pantone points out, it captures undertones from multiple color families – fuchsia, purple, and pink – making it extra versatile and a good evocation of creativity. Reading Pantone’s positively glowing descriptions of the color – “blooms with confidence,” “magical warmth,” “intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination,” “creative and embracing,” “draws you in with its beguiling charm,” “emanates great joy, love and health,” – personally, it brings to mind this image:

Prince William and Kate

Yes, the Duchess. What better evokes the above qualities? In my orchid-inspired 2014, I want to focus on the simple glowing elegance, warmth, and joyful youthfulness that the color can bring.

Some practical ways you can bring some orchid-inspired color into your interiors in 2014?

1. Accentuate that Architecture

Purple hues bring out architectural detail and structured pieces in a gorgeous way – a bright purple can make a bold, refreshing statement, while a more understated hue will brim with comfort, confidence and warmth. For classic and simple elegance, go with a much deeper purple.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Bright and Bold

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Simple, Comfortable and Warm

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Classic Elegance

2. Say it with Flowers

An obvious connation of orchid is its connection to nature at its most lush and bountiful – a good reminder of how just bringing the outside in can renew a whole space. Do it simply with a plentiful bunch of blooms or make a more lasting impact with a beautiful art piece.

PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid decor

Interior Decor -- Radiant Orchid Painting

Orchids against botanical prints

3. Go for some Glow

There’s a reason they call it radiant – just look at how that purple makes an already radiant princess glow even more brightly! Maximize its vibrant qualities by going for orchid-inspired lighting – try something with fuchsia or violet undertones. This can translate to any style from mod to regal, and add instant youthful elegance or playful glamour.

Diamond cut Crystal decanter lamp with fuschia silk shademodern table lamps by Lamps Plus - gorgeous fuschia $185Violet lamp and black and grey drawingType 1228 Desk Lamp Violet  Anglepoise