There is a time at the end of every year that holds special meaning for décor addicts and fashionistas across the United States. On this day, they wait with racing hearts and dilated pupils for the announcement that will influence their creations for the next 365 days: Pantone’s pick for color of the year.
Introducing: Radiant Orchid
Pantone Color Institute® executive director Leatrice Eiseman describes Radiant Orchid 18-3224 as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” The color authority hopes this year’s chosen hue will spark the imagination, expanding both creativity and originality.
Add some creative radiance to your day by giving your closet a rosy overhaul.
Clockwise from top: sweater from INC International Concepts on Amazon.com, umbrella by Galleria, swimsuit from J.Crew, skirt from Chic Wish, trousers from Chic Wish, luggage from Target, coat by Femme by Michele Rossi, dress from ModCloth
Radiant Orchid is unique in that it contains both warm and cool tones. Pair this vibrant shade with other warm colors to energize your space. Alternately, create a soothing getaway of your very own by paring the pinkish-purple with tranquil blues and cool whites.
Unfortunately, we can’t all spare the time or the funds for a tonal makeover each year, no matter how enticing Pantone’s pick may be. Coincidentally, Eiseman calls Radiant Orchid an “invitation to innovate.” On behalf of Plum Deluxers, I accepted the invitation and sought out some innovative orchid additions for your wardrobe and your home.
From top: art print by Stephanie Corfee on Etsy, pillow by Arkhitekton on Zazzle, mirror by Deny Designs, sticky notes from Paper Source, chandelier by Sterling Industries at Lights Online, clock from Juniper and Jane
Some days all your favorite orchid pieces will be in the laundry and you’ll be forced to leave your enigmatic purple habitat. Don’t worry; there are still ways to treat your eyes to Pantone’s inspirational hue.
Radiant Orchid has been chosen to the represent the tone of 2014. Those in the business of color are predicting energy, innovation, and intrigue; imagination and vitality; happiness, excitement, and even a bit of mystery.