Radiant Orchid is 2014’s Pantone Color of the Year. This gorgeous hue makes a statement whichever way you use it, alone or combined with complementary colors. Check out our Radiant Orchid Color Breakdown:
Blues, ranging from teal to turquoise, are complementary to Radiant Orchid. Anything in the blue-green family will work because it falls on the opposite side of the color wheel. When colors from these positions on the wheel are combined, it creates a striking visual effect that provides contrast to a room. The dining room’s wall and chair fabric color below work well with the teal painting and accessories, while the bedroom’s warm walls work better with the turquoise silk drapery & striped tablecloth.
It seems almost natural that Radiant Orchid, a hue related to the purple family, should pair with gold–It’s the color combination that royalty have been wearing for years! Deviate from tradition by using the Color of the Year with a deeper goldenrod yellow. It’s both playful and elegant at once. We like the idea of picking up the same gilded hue in picture frames, too.
Shades of pink coupled with Radiant Orchid virtually gives an updated monochromatic look (another trend for 2014!). Why is this?–Pinks are right next to purples on the color wheel, so many of their undertones are similar, making them meld well together. Vary up the textures and shades (think hot pink & lavender tones), then throw in a little pattern to provide visual depth.
The preppy meets edgy look is in right now, and nothing says it like two bright colors used together (Lilly Pulitzer had it down pat). Neon orange with a red tint looks stunning with the expressive Color of 2014. Temper the duo with accents of black and white, whether its in a geometric drapery or black/white photographs on the wall.
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