I’ve always loved the purple and pink color family so when Pantone announced the new “it” color for 2014, I took one long look at my room (and a quarter of my closet) then pat myself on the back because I feel so chic!

Pantone® recently crowned Radiant Orchid, Pantone color 18-3224 as THE color for 2014. Pantone’s latest press release describes Radiant Orchid this way:

“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.”

Exotic, Magical and Mesmerizing!

Watch as Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Lee Eiseman talks about this magical color as a call for innovation and uniqueness in this interview.

Incorporating Radiant Orchid in Home Decor

If you’re as giddy as I am to incorporate this stunning color into your home, blogger Ginny from Hello Little Home suggests five fabulous tips for decorating with radiant orchid (or other vibrant colors).

1. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Scared to take the full on plunge to this color? No need to worry – you can always start small. Radiant orchid is a bold enough color that even a small amount can have that wow factor. Test the waters by changing up napkin colors or colored votive candle holders when having a small dinner. Make an impact on your kitchen table by placing a bright bowl for your fruits. Relax with radiant orchid – simply add a patterned pillow or a throw blanket on the couch.

2. Create a Pop of Color

The idea of creating a pop of color is always fun for me because you get to experiment and test your limits as to how bold or reserved you want to go in terms of decor. Radiant orchid is a great accent color. Sprucing up a dull bathroom or a boring kitchen? Add a splash of color by changing up hand towels – patterned or plain – or adding a bright accent area rug.

3. Ground It With Natural Elements

It’s only natural to pair this stunning color with woods and plants since it is a color found in nature. Add a radiant orchid table runner and incorporate a natural element like lush succulent terrariums or a bonsai plant to bring the feeling of the outdoors into your home. Dark wooden bowls look great on radiant orchid place mats as well. When it comes to gardening, experiment with different colors and textures – various green plants and flowers in purple and pink hues are sure to pop in stone-colored or sleek black lacquered pots.

4. Mix with Complementary Colors

What feeling do you want to accomplish when pairing this vibrant color with another? Dare to be bolder? Radiant orchid is complementary to olive and deeper hunter greens, according to Pantone, as well as turquoise, teal and light yellows. While the olive and hunter greens with radiant orchid emanates a natural feel, radiant orchid’s combination with turquoise, teals and light yellows can create a more vibrant and fun feel to a room. I tend toward using a bright color to energize neutrals like gray, beige and taupe for a slightly subdued, yet sophisticated look. When it comes to accessorizing, glam up your space (or your attire) by pairing purples and pinks with metallics, especially golds. This lovely pairing has that feeling of glamour and luxury with with its warmth.

5. Create a Bold Monochromatic Look

If accenting a color here and there is simply not enough and you’re ready to go on the deep-end of color submersion, turn it up by using varying shades of a color. Balance out intense shades with the more neutral tones of the color and experiment with textures and patterns to achieve that depth. This isn’t easy and is very time consuming, but the end result can pack a punch and knock your guests’ socks right off.

What do you think of Radiant Orchid?

What’s your own color of the year and how are you incorporating it in your home his year?