2014 color of the year

I’m a bit late on telling you all about Pantone’s 2014 color of the year. I think it’s because I have been a little on the fence about it. The color is radiant orchid, a harmony of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones. It brightens moody rooms of hunter or olive green and enlivens neutral territories of gray, beige, and taupe.

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Because I’m not a huge fan of the vivid shade, I was kind of having a problem telling you how I would use it in a room. Don’t get me wrong, I like feminine shades. Remember this post on my blush obsession?

Then I had a dream about this hot color (yes, I dream about interiors!), and I had to show you how I would use it—and love it.

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You might think that a rug is way too much radiant orchid in a room, but this gorgeous Turkish kilim rug would be my pick if I had a buttery caramel-colored Chesterfield sofa.

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Though this rug would also look fabulous beneath a gray or navy sofa too.

Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 9.56.27 AMWhile I wouldn’t paint an entire room, or even an accent wall, I think this color would be the perfect surprise when you open a kitchen cabinet or a chest of drawers, like this.

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I would also use radiant orchid in artwork. I found this clever tutorial from Tanya at Dans le Townhouse.

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and thought it would be the perfect way to display these on a stairway or in a bathroom.

Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 10.59.47 AMHow would you use radiant orchid in your home?