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Color 2014 Radiant Orchid: Ideas and Inspiration for Next Year’s “It” Color

Radiant Orchid

International color guru Pantone declared next year’s “it” color Radiant Orchid, a bold blend of purple, pink and fuchsia.

Pantone’s influence is such that you can expect to see this color on catwalks, at design expos, in showrooms and beyond. Pantone’s experts considered a wide range of factors in selecting this pretty, pink-tinted purple – everything from art, film, economics, technology and global events have influence, according to their website.

While last year’s pick (emerald) referenced revitalization and growth, radiant orchid evokes creative energy and original thinking.

Purple is a powerful color. Before the new year arrives, here’s a look at how prescient designers have incorporated various shades, from deep violet to delightful mauve, into awesome rooms.


Hello, I’m here to party. That’s the statement you get pairing a fabulous chandelier with a starburst coffee table, shag pillows and a sun-shiny sectional.

HomeDSGNVia: HomeDSGN 

Located in a minimalist Moscow pad designed by ARCH.625, this royal purple bed adds lushness and zip to an otherwise sterile space.

home adoreVia: Home Adore

This converted warehouse loft in Brooklyn by Reiko Feng Shui Design uses the color for a splash of vibrancy against the weight of all the dark wood.

InsteriorVia: Insterior 

For something more understated, this grape-colored ottoman lends a juicy pop to a neutral contemporary living room.

minimalistiVia: Minimalisti 

Pairing the rustic palette of exposed ceiling beams and hardwood floors with contemporary furniture and repeated purple accents makes for a truly inspired statement.

innovatemyplaceVia: Andrea’s Innovative Interiors 

There’s something magnetic about the soft, thick violet of this carpet set against these clean wooden interiors.

Lest you get completely purpled-out, it might be best to think in furniture accents, or textiles that contain a diversity of shades and tones.

Doris Leslie Blau has an enviable array of rugs that incorporate purple into many patterns in a variety of textile traditions. Here are a few of my favorites:  French rag rug

This regal, 1940s French Rag Rug is both opulent and lovely. It would pair equally well with a neutral, contemporary minimalist scheme or a thematic, mid-century modern space.

French Deco

Art Deco textiles continue to captivate with their enchanting geometric patterns, and this unusual French piece is no exception. It would be an attention-grabber anywhere it was laid.

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Yet another French piece, the soothing mauve of this luxurious Aubusson carpet is simply stunning, sure to impress long after Pantone announces “It” color 2015.