- Posted on 06th December 2013 by Nicola Holden
News of Pantone’s announcement of their Colour of the Year 2014 has started ripping through the design world today. Following on from the Emerald Green of 2013, Pantone’s suggestion of Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) takes quite a bold and unexpected direction! Hopefully their prediction of a colourful future will come to fruition in 2014!
According to Pantone, this colour is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health”. Radiant Orchid offers “a reach across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination … It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm”.
So, how does this colour apply to interiors in a way that is not too icky and overpoweringly pink? I believe the answer is to use it boldly but relatively sparingly, as accent colours co-ordinated with greys, taupes, whites and metallics. Or alternatively mixed in with equally bright reds, yellows, blues and greens.
Radiant Orchid could be incredibly fun to decorate with, but is it for you? I’d love to know what you think. And, if you’d like to try adding a splash of this wonderfully bold colour to your home, I’ve put together a few suggestions on my Etsy page.
“Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude!”
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