Give Your Apartment a Touch of Radiant Orchid – 2014 Color of the Year!

Remember Emerald Green, the 2013 color of the year, and our decorating picks? It’s a brand new year, and a brand new color, so why not give your apartment a little makeover, some extra TLC, or even a whole new look? The color experts have chosen Pantone’s Radiant Orchid the color of the year for 2014, so what better way to brighten your apartment than to give it a splash of the new color. As the color gurus over at Pantone say about the shade to dominate the year, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple — one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” We don’t know about you, but we think all those things are the perfect combo for your first apartment, and with a color this bright, a little goes a long way.

Here’s some great picks to get you started off on the right foot with your introduction to this fresh, hip hue!

Radiant Orchid Bathroom

1. Sconces  2. Mirror 3. Bathroom Set 4. Rug 5. Towels

Since the color is airy and striking all at the same time, we love the idea of using it in your bathroom, which is an area where you can play with soft colors without going overboard. For the bathroom, stick to a few large attention pieces like the mirror above or go all out with small accessories like the rug and wall sconces. We can definitely see this calming color being used for bathroom style!

Radiant Orchid Bedroom

1. Books 2. Sheets 3. Divider 4. Vase  5. Ghost Chair 

For the bedroom, this color can be a bit overwhelming and off-putting, but by working the color into your overall look, you really can give your room a little 2014 flair. Any of the great pieces above are perfect ways to start incorporating the color into your space.

radiant orchid living room

1. Candle 2. Lamp 3. Table 4. Pillows

In the living room, you really can have some fun with this shade. Throw some Radiant Orchid accent pillows on the couch, add a cool lamp here, a table there and you’ve got a room that is both on trend and cheery!

radiant orchid kitchen

1. Mixer 2. Cookware Set 3. Tea Pot 4. Dinnerware Set 5. Colander 6. Clock

Every year when Pantone releases their color of the year, designers and companies all over the globe have a heyday of fun. This year, lots of great brands really stepped up in the kitchen department and have released tons of great products that boast Radiant Orchid variants. If you err on the lighter side of the color, we really dig this fun pot and pan set or that cool hand-mixer. If the more stark, dark shade is more your style, the funky wall clock or dish set might be your perfect Radiant Orchid first purchase!

What’cha think…is 2014 the year of color? Share your Radiant Orchid finds with us too!

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Audra is a recent college graduate and an aspiring writer based in her home state of Georgia. She’s a lover of the sweetest Southern tea, warm weather, and decorating with lots of color, DIY projects, and shabby chic pieces. Her apartment living journey is still young, so she’s busy navigating the ups and downs and learning along the way. For more from Audra, follow her on Pinterest or check out her website

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