Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Adds Zip to 4 Rooms

If you’re like to know what the color trends are and keep an eye on the fashion scene, this is a great time of year to think of creating a stylish interior that is up to date, but not trendy. The design world is in a whirr of festive indulgence, but also looking forward to the spring fashion events that kick off just after the New Year. One of the most anticipated announcements heralding the “new” season came from Pantone just a few days ago. The Color of the Year for 2014 is Pantone 18-3224, Radiant Orchid.

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The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is 18-3224, Radiant Orchid. Image courtesy of Pantone

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute said, “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.” Today, we are going to look at four spaces where leading interior designers have used shades of purple in a way that will look chic and fresh for years to come. While it is good to know what Pantone’s color of the year is, we do not want our interiors to be faddish or very trendy. These rooms will help you design tasteful interiors with Radiant Orchid and other beautiful shades of purple.

Bring Joy to Living Room with Purple Contemporary Rug

Purple rugs, Pantone's 2014 Color Radiant Orange

Melbourne designer Lauren Seeman’s open-plan living room area gets a vivacious injection of color with a pinkish purple rug that pops against the gray sofa and is warmed by a polished wood floor. Photo by Sean Fennessy for The Design Files.

In the Melbourne home Lauren Seeman shares with her husband David, white walls and a gray sofa creates a great opportunity to add a joyful pop with purple and blue. Here, in the open living and dining are, she chose a brilliant pink and purple rug to add warmth in contrast with the cool grey of the Meizai sofa. There is no mistaking the bright, quirky message a rug such as this imparts to a room.  

Boost Chic Factor by Pairing Orange Sofa with Purple Rug

Purple rugs, Pantone's 2014 Color Radiant Orange

By juxtaposing warm orange sofa and ottomans next to a purple contemporary rug, designer Richard Mishaan created a chic energy in this 1870s farmhouse in Upstate New York. Photo: William Waldron. Image courtesy Elle Décor.

Richard Mishaan’s work is rich with contrast – here we see a modernist media room nestled in the heart of a mid-19th century farmhouse in Westchester County. The acrylic side table, textured purple rug and the cubist B&B Italia sofa and ottomans contribute to a compelling, modern feel in an otherwise traditional setting. The dazzling gold ceiling is courtesy of a Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, and adds to the luxurious, modern feel of the space.

Create Sophisticated Living Room with Purple Walls and Coral Rug

Purple rugs, Pantone's 2014 Color Radiant Orange

In interior designer May Daouk’s own Beirut villa walls, furniture and lamp shades in many shades of purple are anchored on a coral Oushak rug. Photo: Simon Watson. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

This expansive living room in May Daouk’s Lebanese villa is awash with the positive, creative energy that shades of purple can radiate. Packed with an assortment of antiques, including a large 19th century coral Oushak rug, the room has been developed over time to create pockets of interest. There are plenty of objects to consider, from the orchid-toned shades on the chandelier to the lush purple armchairs, all providing the synergy that encourages social exploration in an engaging interior space.

Set the Tone with Punchy Purple Accents

Purple rugs, Pantone's 2014 Color Radiant Orange, art deco rug

Art deco inspiration abounds in this Mercer Island dining room by Kelly Wearstler featuring a purple Venetian glass chandelier and a, Art Deco geometric purple rug on a dark lacquered floor. Photo: Mikkel Vang. Image courtesy Elle Décor.

I’m rounding out today’s tour with this dining room. Here, Kelly Wearstler has used purple accents to add interest, energy, and a hint of intrigue to an otherwise dark space. These rooms are some of the finest examples of using Radiant Orchid without being trendy.

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