{friday finds: radiant orchid: pantone color of the year 2014}

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Duralee’s Maestro/color 618 is a great representation of Radiant Orchid

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Hirshfield’s Paint Pink Parade 1165

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Last week was a big week for all us color geeks. Pantone made their always-anticipated Color of the Year announcement with Radiant Orchid declared the color for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” 
“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, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Are you feeling the Radiant Orchid love? You soon will be as Pantone not only influences the interior design industry, but the world of fashion, product packaging, graphic arts, and industrial design. I hope Radiant Orchid can live up to the high expectations that come with being crowned Color of the Year.

Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, shared with the Star Tribune how she sees Radiant Orchid playing out in the home:

She’s noticed pink ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. “People in the know — they’re asking for pink in wallcoverings,” she said. Not just orchid shades, but pinks of all description, from brights to pales. “Whenever you start to see the range in a color, you can tell it’s coming.”

Basil also expects orchid to take a limited supporting role in home decor. “I don’t really see it as a wall color,” she said. “It can’t be matte or flat. It has to have depth, like a fabric or a leather. It won’t take center stage like emerald,” last year’s Pantone pick for Color of the Year, she predicted.

Now that Radiant Orchid is on your radar, seeing the color will register in your mind – aah, the color of the year, in all its royal tints, tones, and shades.

 

{next year’s design inspiration? think neutral}

Though the new year is still several months away – at this point, you might be more focused on getting through the holidays – experts are already forecasting 2010’s most popular trends in design and décor.  I spoke with Kathy Basil of Hirshfield’s Design Studio last week about what we can expect – and what kind of trends we can implement in our own homes.  She predicts that where 2009 was full of bright, vibrant colors, 2010 will see a shift towards safer neutral tones, and believes this transition may be related to the economic situation.

“Neutrals seem safe in uncertain times,” said Kathy.  “People may not feel comfortable changing their whole room, and neutrals provide a great backdrop to pull in other colors.  If you nail the perfect neutral in your main living space, you can use more adventurous colors in other areas of your home.”

While neutrals – such as Benjamin Moore’s Ashwood – will dominate the main areas of many homes, plums like Autumn Purple, peacock blues and leafy shades such as Terrapin Green will be popular as accent pieces.  Metallics will remain popular, but be more subtle – pearlescent tints rather than pieces reminiscent of mylar or foil.

Neutrals - like Ashwood - are a good base for any room.

Neutrals - like Ashwood - are a good base for any room.

Plum shades like Autumn Purple make great accent colors.

Plum shades like Autumn Purple make great accent colors.

Adding in an accent piece in a bright shade of peacock blue can really spice up a room.

Adding in an accent piece in a bright shade of peacock blue can really spice up a room.

Try a natural, grassy green as an complement to your neutral base.

Try a natural, grassy green as an complement to your neutral base.


Kathy predicts that a desire for safety may influence all realms of design, including furniture and accent pieces, where handmade and reclaimed items – think quilts and heirlooms – will remain popular.  Carpets and rugs also will make a comeback, providing another avenue to make homes cozier.

For walls, wallpaper is the trend to follow.  “Not only does wallpaper look great, especially on accent walls, but it’s extremely user-friendly,” said Kathy.  “You can get removable wallpaper so you can change it out easily and as often as you like.”

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