Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid (18-3224)

What do you think of the new Pantone Colour of the Year…
Radiant Orchid 18-3224

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid (image from Pantone)

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid (image from Pantone)

 

Pantone describes it as:
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

We have moved from the cooler Emerald Green (PANTONE 17-5641) of 2013 to the warmer side of the colour wheel.  On the plus, colours from the purple family typically encourage us to be creative and original. In this case I can’t help but think it will be a “Vegemite” colour – you either love it or hate it!

paint in Radiant Orchid tones by Benjamin Moore & Co (image from Benjamin Moore & Co)

paint in Radiant Orchid tones by Benjamin Moore & Co (image from Benjamin Moore & Co)

 

Now before you go heading off to the hardware store for litres of paint, I am going to give you my 2 cents worth. I think this is a colour that will best serve you with subtle strokes – think accent not feature wall.

 

What will it work with?

 

It will naturally compliment the greens opposite it on the colour wheel.

A cutting from a 1950s magazine shows how well a hint of Pantone Radiant Orchid works amongst a sea of green (image source unknown)

A cutting from a 1950s magazine shows how well a hint of Pantone Radiant Orchid works amongst a sea of green (image source unknown)

 

It will definitely give a lift to a neutral colour palette of taupes and beiges but will do so with a decidedly feminie edge. I think it will work really well with greys especially if the space is currently feeling a bit communist era concrete cell block.

 

If your taste is looking for something bolder I think an accent to teal, turquoise and yellow will give you a fresh and vibrant feel – think Missoni towelsMissoni bath towels

As I said I think this will work well as an accent. So my hot tip is to use it for your scatter cushions and artwork.

 

accent of Radiant Orchid in the living room of Eva Chen editor in chief of Lucky (photo by Brittany Ambridge via Domino)

Gentle use of Radiant Orchid as an accent in the living room of Eva Chen editor in chief of Lucky (photo by Brittany Ambridge via Domino)

If you want to dabble with it I would suggest turning to the inspiration behind the colour, Mother Nature. A vase of fresh flowers in the Radiant Orchid tones will give you a hint without overwhelming the space.

My mantra for this is “Less is More

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