Friday, 17 January 2014

Pantone colour of the year .... always a hot topic.

The trends with interiors and clothing fashion are more aligned that ever.  Recently Pantone, who have a long tradition in identifying international trends in colour, made waves by announcing their "Color of the year 2014"; Radiant Orchid.  "A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones". It hasn't been received with an overwhelmingly positive response, I would suggest this is because when you imagine a room made over in its entirety as Radiant Orchid and it is a little hard to stomach.


Instead, consider this type of colour used in little bursts; as an accent. Here are some examples where I have used this type of colour in my interiors;

As part of the detail on this floral cushion.

The rug, throw and bag are in purple tones, drawing
out the colour in the bricks and mortar.

The fuchsia tones of the curtains add a burst of colour
to the room, without overwhelming the space.

I also think this would be very successful as an upholstered occasional chair (imagine a luxurious fabric with a sheen), incorporated into a patterned wallpaper (Designers Guild comes to mind straight away, as pictured to the right) or even a velvet bed head.   I think variations of "Radiant Orchid" will work well when positioned against the grey paint colours that are enormously popular at the moment, as well as with crisp white or timber.

Happy Decorating!

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