How to Use Orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year, in Interiors

Oh, Orchid! That gorgeous color was recently chosen by Pantone as its color of the year for 2014.

I’m an orchid fan and love what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says about this refreshing hue: “While our 2013 color of the year, Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”


The color, which blends fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health, the Pantone organization reports.

I’ve fashioned rooms with pops of orchid and have created an A-List of items that would go well with orchid. I love it with the  browns you see here.

I’ve created a gorgeous bedroom that features a pink velvet headboard —  a slipcover, custom-made in my upholstery shop. The wall is awash in a soft shade of purple. And check out the pink-velvet pillows and the custom-made round ottoman. I like this fresh combination of colors.

The shade can certainly hold its own when used in small doses, like the accessories, pillows, lampshades and accent chair in the photo with the chair, from Manuel Canovas.


The  color board shown here is a more sophisticated combination with darker shades of purple and hints of silver, but you can still add a brighter shade.

Do you use orchid in any of your rooms? Please share!


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