For decades, colour institute Pantone have been a “world-renowned authority on colour.”
Their prestigious Colour of the Year for 2014 has been names as Radiant Orchid; a stunning, vibrant and captivating purple hue which evokes images of blooming orchids and Japanese blossom trees.
As Pantone describe it “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple- one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanated great joy, love and health.”
With this in mind, we have created this orchid-inspired design board which is simply bursting with precious shades of purple and pink which bring any living space to life.
This is a strong shade which can become overpowering if not used carefully, so try to use it sparingly and cleverly to create a look that is full of personality instead of brash. A feature wall, for example, makes a much better option than covering all four walls in purple. If you can’t get hold of Pantone’s original Radiant Orchid, or simply fancy a variation on the theme, there are many similar shades available…
Wilko’s Colour Matt Emulsion Paint in Powder Purple (£13.95 for 2.5ltr) is a pastel shade with more of a lavender hue than the pink tones which run through Radiant Orchid, but it’s a far more subtle alternative if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with purple. Crown Breatheasy Matt Emulsion Paint in Lavender Cupcake is another great choice, with more than a touch of Radiant Orchid about it (£16, 2.5ltr).
Purple tones are easy to introduce in the bedroom. Simply choose a bright duvet cover and pair with subtle walls in white or pale pink. We love the Linea Lilac cotton duvet cover and the Yves Delorme Triomphe bed linen in Figue, both from House of Fraser. The Triomphe bed spread lacks the touch of pink present in Radiant Orchid, but then that’s what makes the Pantone shade so unique. This darker-than-lilac bedspread is still a lovely way to bring the shade into your home.
To make a really bold statement in the bedroom, why not opt for some dazzling furniture? When it comes to creating a high-impact focal feature, these Purple Glass Chest of Drawers by Out There Interiors (£635, notonthehighstreet.com) take some beating!
In other rooms, the purple trend can be recreated using accessories and often, this is the safest and easiest way to test out the trend before you commit. This Amethyst goblet and tumbler set is a lovely touch in the kitchen while this large jar Yankee Candle in Lovely Kiku will add a touch of lilac loveliness to any room and make it smell divine! (£19.99, yankeecandle.co.uk).
The lilac look can be completed with a stunning piece of wall art, like this orchid print (£24) from Graham and Brown. But remember, it’s doing some and not *all* of the above which will make your room tasteful, not tacky!