New year, new you, new favorite color!? Yes, it’s that time again and like everyone else we’re talking about Pantone’s new color of the year. Last year was all about going green after Pantone dubbed the elegant and energetic emerald as the color to dominate in fashion and interior design. This year the global authority on all things hue-related chose radiant orchid: an enchanting mix of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones that emanates joy, spurs creativity and promotes originality.
I’ve never been a huge fan of purple and I’m not really sure how I feel about Radiant Orchid (everyone here was definitely rooting for dazzling blue!)—especially when it comes to interiors. In fashion I can see it: a punchy pink peplum top paired with neutral pumps or a vibrant scarf mixed with a rich green, would make for a lovely spring outfit. I would be a little bit more hesitant to paint all four walls of a kitchen or bath in this bold hue—but if that works for you go for it! On the other hand pops of this captivating color can really liven up neutrals like gray, beige and taupe. If you’re not bold enough to dive right in with radiant orchid, try out small doses of it with accents and accessories: chairs, rugs, or throw pillows in this hue can energize any color palette. In the bathroom you can simply brighten up the space with some lush towels or make a statement with a vibrant vanity and a beautiful backsplash. In the kitchen, get cooking with color: paint an accent wall, stack up on purple plates, or give your cabinets a bit of a facelift. There are really many ways to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year into your home whether you like it enough to make a bold style statement or prefer a more subtle approach. I personally like neutral spaces that have hints of radiant orchid, but maybe the color will grow on me once it starts to pop up everywhere.
We’ve curated a list of some radiant orchid filled interiors to get you inspired. Check out our Pinterest board for more! Would you add some of this pinky purple hue to your home?