Radiant Orchid, color for your life…


With every new season comes renewal and new beginnings…and with every new year comes Pantone’s announcement of the color of the year. If you haven’t heard the news by now, for 2014, it’s Radiant Orchid. “….Radiant Orchid….inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone executive director. Pantone has been considered the leading authority on color trend forecasting for over 40 years, so when they make their announcement, the design field listens.

Design is found in all things…nature, art, architecture, fashion…interior design.

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What we love for our wardrobes or our homes comes by way of inspiration from all places, one just has to notice. The crossover of inspiration is becoming increasingly evident.

radiant orchid 2014 color of the year_ michaela noellePhoto Courtesy of Michaella Noelle Designs

But that’s not actually new…Veranda ran a piece on Claude Monet’s painting on exhibit at the Met. It was a portrait, but what became the sensation in 1866 was actually the silk taffeta dress on the model, more than the painting. TraditIonal Home Magazine’s editor recently reminded us that Coco Chanel once said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live”.

One favorite source of fashion inspiration is Briarcliff’s March Boutique, owned and wonderfully curated by Lynn Puro. Always in step with the trends, March is a jewel box of ideas.


Fashion has always been on the forefront of what is in vogue, and so has become a great influence for the interior design world.  What is seen on the runways will be spotted in shelter magazines sooner or later. Since the birth of social media, sooner rather than later is becoming the norm. Radiant Orchid had been on the runways this year, so it’s no surprise that it’s already popping up in some amazing rooms.


Of course, if you really want to talk trends, what is most important these days is that one is in love with a color for the color’s sake, not to follow the crowd. However, it is fun to be in vogue and to see new ways to be inspired by, and work with, color.

Over the last couple of years our tastes have slowly been shifting away from neutrals, but of course, we still have a love affair with our grays, browns, navys and blacks which have been staples of our wardrobes and our home design.

Maybe more than shifting away from our neutrals we are really pairing brighter colors up with neutrals to have the best of both worlds.

Black and white paired together have always been dramatic, but become even more lively when orchid, or any purple from it’s color family, jumps in.

Some of you may believe bold is beautiful…and so why not jump right in and surround yourself with color?  After all, who wouldn’t want to be invited for tea at this table!

Color blocking.. add full blocks of saturated color in self contained areas for a clean bold look:
 A toned down version of radiant Orchid means mauve doesn’t need to be a dirty word:


Introduce a color through pattern:

Use a thread of a single color throughout the space to bridge different areas together with color.
With all the white snow outside of late, I’m beginning to think white and orchid can be the best of friends, especially for the warm weather that I know is surely to come.

Not sure about using this lively color? A few stems of flowers in soft pinks and purples can add  beauty to any room.

So why not infuse this color into your life…your fashion or your home. After all, who wouldn’t want something in their life that “emulates great joy, love and health and draws one in” according to “the authority”?!

Photos courtesy of Houzz, Pinterest and its contributors…

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