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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Did you guys hear the big news?  Yesterday morning, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2014, and let me tell you, it’s a good one.  Everybody, feast your eyes on this beauty: Radiant Orchid.


I’m going to be completely honest: when I first saw the color, I was kind of “meh” about it.  Purple? Come on.

But then I started looking at interiors that featured this color.  And the more I saw it, the more I liked it.  The color has such depth to it – it isn’t all dark and moody like your basic violet.  No, this vivid hue is bright and fresh and I can already see it being huge in fashion come spring.

As far as translating it into home decor is concerned, I’m all for the less is more approach.  This color works well with simple color palettes, bringing a fun, fresh, pop of color into the mix.  Just look at how a tiny burst of it brings these simple spaces to life.




I really love the way it pairs with a deep navy too.


And it even works well with the 2013 color of the year.


All images via Sally Wheat Interiors

For those of you that don’t fully understand the concept of a “color of the year,” or want to know how they decided on Radiant Orchid (cough cough, Noel), here’s a great little video snippet for you to check out.

So, what do you all think about Radiant Orchid?  Do you think you’ll be brave and incorporate it in your home decor?  In your wardrobe?  I’m not sure how it will weasel its way into my life quite yet, all I know is that despite my initial reaction, I can definitely say I’m a fan.  Leave some love below and let me know what you think!

walking in a winter wonderland

My current obsession: whimsical, woodland creature inspired design.  I’m convinced fairytale-esque royal hues are going to be HOT this winter, and I’m all on board with that trend (believe it or not).  I’m usually a neutral and pastel kind of girl, or I just go straight for black and white, but when deep purples, emerald greens, and ruby reds are paired with winterwonderland whites and washed out wood, oh man I’m a goner.

I recently got hooked on the ABC show Once Upon A Time (don’t judge me, I’m slightly embarrassed) so perhaps that’s to blame for my newfound winterwonderland, woodland creature, fairytale obsession.  However, I’d bet money on it becoming super popular this season.  If it doesn’t, go ahead and have a good laugh on my behalf.  And don’t feel bad, because I’d laugh at myself too.

So what does this whimsical style all involve?  Think Anthropologie meets Z-Gallerie meets winter. Umm…what?!  Let me paint you a picture:

It’s a little bit of royalty meets rustic, you know, all the stuff that fairytales are made of.  And here’s why it works: it takes ultra-traditional elements, for example, the vintage lines on that Queen Anne chair, but gives it a modern twist with the white paint.  The crispness of the white makes those details really pop, especially when paired with the dark, rich color.  Then you juxtapose the soft velvet with the rough and rugged reclaimed wood, and you have some serious textural eye candy.  Ya dig?  I dig.

I have this gorgeous stylized shoot with all of these elements created in my mind.  Think all of that prettiness above presented as a tablescape in the snow in the middle of the woods (yo, Z Gallerie, need ideas for an upcoming catalog?).  I’m probably doing a terrible job explaining it…I need to just sketch this bad boy.  This photo is too good to simply sit in my brain.

Anyways, I’ve gone off on a complete tangent.  So to wrap this post up, keep your eyes peeled this holiday season for jewel tones paired with this lovely combo, and let’s see how accurate my trend forecast is.  

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