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“Radiant Orchid” Is 2014’s Color of the Year for Home Interior Design

January 20, 2014

This year, prepare for soft shades of purple to permeate the interior design market and homes across the country. Pantone Color Institute, a major authority in color forecasts for fashion and design industries, just announced “Radiant Orchid” will be 2014’s color of the year.

Radiant Orchid Area Rug

This area rug’s backdrop is this season’s Radiant Orchid.

Last year, Emerald tones reigned, says Henderson, Nev. interior decorator Christine Ringenbach. The rich green could be found just about anywhere—from Beyoncé’s fashion-forward earrings as she sang the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration to the sleek furniture pieces seen at last Spring’s N.C. High Point Market for design gurus. But in contrast to 2013’s rich jewel tone or even 2012’s vibrant Tangerine, this year’s chosen color is a perky pastel.

Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman calls Radiant Orchid “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” Unlike Orchid’s color relative Mauve, which was widely popular in the 1980s, Orchid stays away from gray tones. Instead, this shade of purple brings a fresh, bright look.

While Radiant Orchid is expected to appear in lipstick shades, celebrity gowns and even kitchen appliances, decorator Christine Ringenbach shares that homeowners have plenty of opportunities to include this color in their home décor.

“I doubt we’ll see many whole rooms painted in this color,” she says, “but it would be a nice paint color for an accent wall in bedrooms and bathrooms, where it creates a soft, romantic feel.”

Contemporary Radiant Orchid Pouf

Radiant Orchid brightens accent pieces, like this pouf.

This color also lends itself to homeowners with limited budgets. Rather than redo whole rooms, Radiant Orchid can be shown through small accent pieces, like area rugs, ottomans and throw pillows. Also, Orchid pairs well with a variety of colors, making it the perfect shade to add to existing room décor.  Try it with olive, hunter green, turquoise or peacock blue.

Homeowners nationwide can easily embrace this trend and freshen their home interiors with a touch of Radiant Orchid. Want to include this new color in your home interior design? Call interior decorator Christine Ringenbach at 702-914-3791 for a complimentary design consultation.

Author: Allyson Siwajian © 2014

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