Have you ever developed a color crush? When the Pantone Color Institute announced in December that Radiant Orchid is the “color of the year” for 2014, it was hard to imagine any shade of purple looking stylish and chic when it comes to interior design. However, when done correctly and paired with the right colors, this vibrant hue can spruce up any home or office space and can also help spark creativity and imagination.
Pantone makes its yearly selection with careful consideration after combing the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment and film industry, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socioeconomic elements. Influences can also come from technology, new textures, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.
For more than a decade, Pantone’s color of the year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, from fashion to home to industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Last year’s color of the year was Emerald, and before that, Tangerine Tango, but there is something about Radiant Orchid – bolder than lavender but not as intense as purple – that will set your heart aflutter, whether you are looking for some decorating inspiration for your own home, or if you are a professional designer given carte blanche to decorate a client’s home or office.
The eye-catching hue can be incorporated into paint, accent pieces and accessories and complements olive and deeper hunter greens; it also pairs nicely with turquoise, teal and light yellows, and livens up neutrals like gray, beige and taupe. Both uplifting and bold without being overpowering, orchid can re-energize almost any color palette and provide a unifying element for diverse spaces.
After all, like any crush, eventually you do grow tired and yearn for something different.