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Radiant Orchid: Incorporating “Color of the Year” Into the Home

2/3/2014 2:29:08 PM
Article by Holly Berecz

Radiant Orchid, PANTONE 18-3224, and its “sister colors.”

Captivating…exotic…enigmatic…these are adjectives that perfectly describe Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. The global authority on color selected this shade (PANTONE 18-3224) after combing the world to see which color will dominate graphic design, retail, fashion, and even interiors over the coming year. A bold choice? Perhaps. But this expressive purple hue is actually quite versatile, especially when it comes to home décor.

An attention-grabbing color that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination, Radiant Orchid is a bit of a departure from last year’s color choice, Emerald (PANTONE 17-5641.) Whereas Emerald celebrated an uptick of the economy, reflecting growth, renewal and prosperity, this year’s color is more inspirational. It’s meant to intrigue as well as encourage creativity and originality.

As Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute® Leatrice Eiseman describes, Radiant Orchid is “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 that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Though it’s a dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid offers a plethora of pairing opportunities, no matter what style of design you might be going for. With its rosy undertones, it’s sultry and seductive when paired with red. It’s also a beautiful complement to shades of green, such as olive, hunter green, turquoise, and teal. It perfectly combines with its sister shades of lavender, purple, and pink. Plus, it’s a gorgeous contrast to today’s neutrals like beige, taupe, and even another ultra-hot shade— gray.

Whether you’re lookinghtt to create an entire color scheme based on Radiant Orchid, or you seek to add a few dramatic finishing touches, there are plenty of products on the market to help accomplish your goal. And with its Color of the Year designation, this exuberant purple is sure to inspire further product development and design trends. Here are a few of my favorite current products to get you thinking about this energetic color that’s bold but not overpowering…


Ann Sacks Interlacing Oval tile in Purple Haze, Part of the Circa Deco collection.

Ann Sacks Quatrefoil tile in French Lavender, Part of the Circa Deco collection.

Ann Sacks offers an array of gorgeous lavender-hued tiles to make a regal statement in the kitchen or bath. Part of the Circa Deco line, the Interlacing Oval in Purple Haze and Quatrefoil in French Lavender bring to mind traditional architectural elements in a style that’s quite transitional.

Ann Sacks Cowden Bell Gator tile in Purple.

Offering the look of Italian embossed leather, this rich alligator texture, also from Ann Sacks, paired with a rich Purple hue, exudes royalty, intrigue, and originality.

Ann Sacks Vicente Wolf Textures Against the Grain tile in French Lavender.

Ann Sacks Vicente Wolf Textures Waves field tile in Plum.

Two more tiles from Ann Sacks that beautifully convey shades of purple are the Against the Grain and Waves field tiles, shown in French Lavender and Plum, respectively. Both part of the Vincente Wolf Textures collection, they offer subtle beauty in the form of repetitive texture. Just like the Color of the Year itself, this collection was designed to help inspire creativity.

Glass subway tile by Susan Jablon.

Fused metal oxides create this beautiful, multidimensional purple glass tile from Susan Jablon. Made in the USA, the one-of-a-kind lavender dichroic tiles exhibit more than one color when viewed from different angles. Hues visible include amethyst purple and a slight gray green.


Amethyst (8551) quartz surfacing by Caesarstone.

Incorporate the durability of quartz surfacing while displaying the captivating Color of the Year with Caesarstone’s Amethyst (8551). Part of the Concetto™ collection, the surface brings the elegance of semi-precious stones to kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, custom home solutions, and creative commercial projects.

Crystaline Stone in Amethyst.

Crystaline Stone is a unique and bold surfacing product that makes a dramatic statement in the kitchen, bath, or anywhere it’s used. Natural marble or granite, custom-treated with pigments, Crystaline Stone offers more stain resistance and is actually easier to clean than natural stone. Perhaps no other shade offers up as much seduction and appeal as Amethyst. Part of the Gems Series, the twinkling purple hue creates a warm and captivating ambiance, especially when used with lighting accents.


Hand painted wallpaper SY-602 from Gracie Studio.

From Gracie Studio, this lovely hand painted wallpaper (SY-602) is part of the Chinese Scenics line. Metallic tones on an iris background offer a classic appeal that also pairs well with today’s contemporary and transitional décor styles. The up-to-date purple color makes an expressive modern statement.

What do you think about Radiant Orchid? Is this a color that you plan to incorporate into your home or office? Do you think this is a color your clients will request? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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