Pretty in Pink: What to do with Radiant Orchid

by Melanie, February 18, 2014

A little pop of color is just the thing to brighten up these snowy days of February, so let’s talk about Pantone’s Color of the Year:  Radiant Orchid.

Is it pink?  Is it purple?  Does it bring back distant memories of 1980’s mauve?  Whatever you want to call it, Radiant Orchid is a pretty way to bring a pop of color into your home.  However, it’s not an easy color to get right.  Follow a few simple design tips to keep this powerful color working for you, not against you.

1.  Balance is Key:

The dark walls and furnishings make this pop of pinky purple read classy not cutesy.
Via California Home & Design
Even with the colorful couch, the orchid tones remain accents and not the center of attention in this room.
Via Freshome
A girl’s bedroom is a great place to use Radiant Orchid.
Against the white and light gray background, the pops of orchid are bright and cheerful.
Love that ceiling!
Via Decor8
A sleek, industrial kitchen table is livened up with orchid upholstered chairs.
Whittington Design Studio
2.  A Little Goes A Long Way

Orchid-tinged pillows are paired with neutrals and lavender for a cheery, spring update to our store front.
Whittington Design Studio
Just a pillow and coordinating art is enough to give this room a pink punch.
Via Decor8

3.  But if You Love It, Own it!

Big, bold geometric orchid wall paper makes a powerfully fabulous entry hall statement.
Via Apartment Therapy
Pink couches, pink window treatments, pink art — a trio of cheerful color.
Paint is an easy, inexpensive way to try out a new design trend.
Apartment Therapy
Need more ideas for how to make the orchid happen at home?  Try these…
Say it with Flowers:
Even easier than paint — the florist’s solution requires no long-term commitment.
Pink Up Your Pillows:

Beacon Hill 
Try it Underfoot:
Surya Frontier
Surya Harlequin
Color Reform Spectrum Rug
ABC Home
Or on the Table Top:
Anna Weatherley Collection
Devine Corp
So go ahead and add a little flower power to your home, orchid-style.  
You’ll look pretty in pink!
Do it!

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