January 14th, 2014

Radiant Orchid: Color of the Year

Bring in the new year with new color! 2014 ushers in Radiant Orchid, Color of the Year. Crowned as the “it” color of the year, it’s been described as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, [it] inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”


My Colortopia never fails to bring you the latest and greatest in inspiring color, and we’ve already “tested and approved” Radiant Orchid, Color of the Year in a nursery I recently designed for a baby girl.

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year

Without hesitation, I knew I wanted to envelope the small room with rich saturated color. By painting the walls and ceiling the same color, I could visually make the walls recede and the room appear bigger. Leaving the molding trim white and adding a large shag rug added light back into the room, and provided a beautiful graphic contrast between the light and dark colors.

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year

Glidden paint’s Orchid Blush is a great option if you are looking to duplicate this look. It leans more towards violet and less towards pink than Radiant Orchid, making it more livable when covering an entire room.

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year

In context of this space, using Orchid Blush as a base turns it into a neutral color. Layering accent colors becomes easy. Add a playful zing with a citrusy hue like Fresh Tangerines in small furniture items or by way of fabric. True Turquoise is another favorite color I love to combine with purple. Here we introduced it through the use of wall art and the floor lamp. And if you can’t resist at least one touch of pink in a girl’s room, then sweeten the deal with Pink Peony in the form of a whimsical pillow as pictured in the glider.

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year

Be inspired by the 2014 color of the year! Feel free to adjust the intensity of the color to your liking, yet still enjoy the satisfaction of living in an-on trend space. How will you use Radiant Orchid this year?


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.