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Color of the Year!

With the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year 2014, I decided to create a little inspirational post with a collection of images showing how to bring this beautiful color into your home this year - whether it be through paint, fabrics, furniture, decor, accessories, etc. This first collage of images shows a sampling of the home design and decor ideas explored in more detail below, but I included it specifically because it nicely illustrates the color story!


Radiant Orchid gallery of images.


But before we delve in, let's discuss the selected color - Radiant Orchid.. which is sorta just a fancy name for pinkish purple, hehe. But, its name really does express how this color is vibrant, feminine and beautiful!


Radiant Orchid


Pantone describes it like this: "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 emanates great joy, love and health."

So, what do you think? Do you love the color?

I am not usually necessarily a huge fan of "girly" colors, or very bright colors for that matter, but I do have an appreciation for this hue and actually love it paired with darker purples and greys!

So, let's explore some ideas of how you can use this color in your home! Well, an easy way (if you aren't shy) is to use it boldly as paint on the walls!


Radiant orchid painted wall.


Radiant orchid bedroom.


But, if you'd rather introduce the color into your space in a more subtle way, here are varying shades of the daring color used in lighting.. no pun intended!


Glass lamp in radiant orchid.


Desk lamp in radiant orchid.


Gourd lamp in radiant orchid.


Of course, fabrics are a great way to bring this color into a space too! The first image below shows a beautiful color palette blending the Radiant Orchid color with darker, richer purple hues and a warm neutral hue, like grey.


Fabrics in radiant orchid colors.


Patterned fabric in orchid.


Floral fabric in orchid.


Duvet in orchid.


What about the furniture in the space? This color could create the perfect accent piece - one that will most likely also be a conversation piece!


Chair in orchid color.


Painted orchid dresser.


Club chair in orchid pattern.


This color even looks great outdoors against a lush green backdrop!


Garden furniture in orchid.


If brightly painted walls or boldly colored furniture isn't your thing, an easy way to bring in the Color of the Year is in your decor and accessories. These are the items in a space that can be changed out easily seasonally or yearly (you know, when next year's Color of the Year is announced, hehe). Simply mix in a little color with flowers, candles, toss pillows, etc.


Flowers in orchid color.


Glass candle in ombre orchid colors.


Pillow in orchid.


Votive candle in orchid color.


Toss pillow in a variety of orchid colors.


Flowers in radiant orchid.


And, if you actually like the idea of this vibrant color on your walls, but maybe you're not brave enough to paint a whole wall, then how about hanging up some bold modern abstract artwork representing the color!


Abstract art in radiant orchid color.


Abstract art in orchid and vibrant blue


Or, you could ground the space and make a statement with a large scaled area rug in this bold hue!


Trellis patterned rug in orchid.


Herringbone rug in orchid color.


Or, lastly, if you're really diggin' the Radiant Orchid Color of the Year, try designing a whole space around this vibrant color!


Interior space using radiant orchid color.


Well, what do you think? How might you use Radiant Orchid in your home this coming year?


Paint lids showing radiant orchid color palette.

St. Patrick's Day Duds

Just a little note to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You know, I never quite got into participating in the “wear a particular color on a particular holiday” idea. I just never seemed to be interested in matching everyone else on that one particular day. It’s not that I don’t have holiday spirit, ‘cause I do! I mean, of course, I love to decorate for the holidays, but for me it doesn’t translate into fashion. In fact, I would probably say I’d specifically rather not dress for the holiday. But, I guess that’s just me – and don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind those of you who do. Clearly, it gives me something to talk about. : ) But nonetheless, perhaps St. Patrick’s day is really not the best holiday to be discussing this topic.. I suppose Christmas or Halloween are better examples. However, as I was out and about today, I couldn’t help but spot all of the people wearing bright green. I even saw a shamrock here or there! And to top it off, I even overheard someone say, “ohhh, I forgot to wear green today!” in a very distraught voice. I guess it’s a big deal to some.

Well, anyway, my point in talking about this is that halfway through the day, after becoming so aware of the amount of people who dressed specifically for the holiday, I looked down only to realize that I too had worn some sort of green today – unintentionally! Now my green was a bit more of a blue-green and I had a grey sweater over top, but in that moment of realization that I had actually participated in this holiday tradition, I wondered how many people who saw me had assumed I dressed for the occasion. That’s when I thought to myself, 'well, if for a moment when my eyes met someone else’s who was also wearing green, we shared a sort of “hey, we're in the same happy holiday club” camaraderie, then I was okay with that!' And, I guess that's what it's about.

So, maybe I’ll change my tune on this topic. Despite my original opposition to wearing a particular color on a particular holiday, while browsing esty.com this afternoon, I came across some lovely accessories that I’d be happy to sport as my little nod to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Check ‘em out!

Spring green scarf

Handmade green flower necklace

Handmade feather hair clip

Green stripe messenger bag

Handmade fabric necklace

Handmade green felt flower brooch

Handmade woodland hood

Green crystal bracelet

And, I'll leave you with that!

Hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather (at least here in Midtown it is) on this St. Patty's holiday! Oh, and with the nice weather, I did get a chance to snap a few photos of our new ride - so, stay tuned, they'll be in the next post!