Color Palette,  Design Trends

Ideas for Using Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year

It has been called “a captivating purple that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year.

Radiant orchard mood collageRadiant Orchid – This year’s hottest hue

Radiaont Orchard Pantone Color of the year 2014Warm, Rich, or Calming – there are many paint options to choose

Okay, I have to admit it when I learned Radiant Orchid was a Pantone color of the year it took me a little while to warm up to the idea.  Even though I love many shades of purple I don’t use it that often in home decor unless it’s by client request.  But radiant orchid may be a different story. This year’s hottest hue is vibrant, inviting and all about creativity and that’s suits me very well.

Historically, Purple is a color with intense meaning.  It is a symbol of royalty in the bible:  From the virtuous woman in Proverbs:  “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” Proverbs 31: 22  and with Jesus himself before his crucifiction:  “And they clothed him (Jesus) with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, and began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!” Mark 15:17-19. 

The color purple has been symbolic of many things including magic, spirituality, creativity, dignity, and royalty.  It evokes all of these meanings more than any other color.  Whatever symbolism you relate to it decorating with radiant orchid can achieve elegance and vibrancy in a room.  There are many ways to embrace this color in your own home.

Radiant Orchid’s appearance on the fashion runways made unique, bold and feminine style statements.

 Feathered coat in Radiant OrchardIn Radiant Orchid this feathered jacket makes one fabulous statement


Valentino dress in shades of orchard Shades of Radiant Orchid dazzle in this Valentino beaded dress

Claude MontanaRadiant Orchid is Smoking Hot in this Claude Montana coat ensemble

Here are some options that may inspire you for using Radiant Orchid at home.   Use it as:

  • A focal point Radiant Orchid gives impact to a room when used on one piece of furniture or on a wall.
  • Mixing Radiant Orchid with white or a cool neutral can have stunning effects
  • An accent color with accessories to add interest and vibrancy in a room

Radiant Orchard velveteen sectionalRadiant Orchid sectional creates a clean and comfortable living space surrounded by white

Orchard Living room by Lindsey HarperRadiant Orchid painted bookcases create a lovely mood in this room by Lindsey Harper

Girls bedroom in shades of radiant orchardA sweeter use of radiant orchid for a young girl

Chairs with radiant orchard and white patternClassic chairs are updated perfectly using a bold pattern of Radiant Orchid with white

concrete backsplash in radiant orchard in kitchen by Concrete works CARadiant Orchid backsplash in concrete tiles  is a beautiful accent in this kitchen

Radiant Orchard Fruite & Veggies

Floral arrangement in Radiant Orchid and purple tones

Orchard hide hair lampRadiant Orchid lamp with a hide hair base

Glasses in radiant orchard

Radiant Orchid etched glasses – how beautiful would they be in a table setting

Purple chandelier Bella Vetro

Radiant Orchid glass chandelier by Bella Virtuoro

Madeline Weinrib purple brooche

Madeline Weintrab Rug in Radiant Orchid


pantone radiant orchard

Are you thinking about Radiant Orchid now?  I hope you like my suggestions and I’d love to know:   How will you use Radiant Orchid in your home?