Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Radiant Orchid – A Captivating Purple With Beguiling Charm

Whenever the Pantone Color Institute introduces their Color of the Year, everyone in the design community as well as interior-loving public is abuzz about it.  This year’s color is Radiant Orchid, a vibrant shade of violet that they describe as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” 

I have to say that I was all about the purple tones well before their announcement for 2014, when I enveloped my space, “Syrena’s Room” in the Museums of Old York show house, in lush lilac and lavenders hues this past summer.  So I guess it is fair fro me to say that I am indeed a trend setter!  Many of the elements of Radiant Orchid that Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described were also the ideas that I had in mind as I created my room for a surf and mermaid-loving teen girl at “Secret Cove”… Leatrice said that Radiant Orchid “intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination,” and is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, which inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” 

In recent months I have been seeing a greater interest and availability of all things purple, from fabrics to furnishings to accessories (and even fashion), everywhere from the Boston DesignCenter to Calico.  Here are some examples that feature shades of purple from quiet and subtle to lively and intense, in patterns and styles from simple, to traditional, to bold…

So... what are your thoughts on Radiant Orchid, and all of its purple-hued friends on the color wheel?
(All photos taken by me)


  1. Hi Kat, Hawkeye here... You know, Purple is starting to be one of my favorite colors as well... it is rich, vibrant, yet somehow cool and calming... and fun to work with... great job on the post and loved seeing Syrena's Room again!

  2. Hello Katherine,
    I can't remember if I told you about the major house redecorating I'm doing while I am home. I picked purple for two accent walls. The color just pops! I love Syrena's Room, and now I can enjoy your blog. Can't wait for your visit! -♥ Teri

  3. Hi Hawkeye... I am so glad that my love of purple & its many charms is rubbing off on you... you have such style & design sense that is is no surprise... and the attributes of it that you described are dead on! Remember, Bev called us the "Purple People"!

  4. Hi Teri... I am so glad that you actually made it to my blog... thanks for checking it out... I am glad that you enjoyed it, & seeing Syrena's Room! I am excited that you are using this time to reinvigorate your interiors... how cool that you did purple accent walls! I look forward to seeing them, and all of your other projects!


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