In all my years as a decorator, I have never been asked about the color purple. Not that I am opposed to it. But there is purple and then there is purple.
Early this morning, the Pantone company sent out a news release announcing its color choice for 2014: Radiant Orchid.
I wasn't waiting for this release to arrive. In all of the end of the year work and holiday franticness, I was surprised to see it this morning. To refresh your memory, Pantone gave us Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of the Year and Emerald as the 2013 Color of the Year. Both great colors for rooms and accents. And in some instances, fashion.
But when I saw this color, I just thought hmmmm. As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I needed a little time to think about how this might work with my southwest Florida clients.
In the announcement, the color-focused Pantone describes Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) as "a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple" and "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones."
Pantone is a major color authority and provides color forecasts to many industries, including home design, fashion, beauty, graphic design and product packaging. So, when they speak, we take notice.
For fashion it is, as Pantone says, "a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
They also say that Radiant Orchid "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. Perfect for a wedding.
My idea of a gorgeous purple is this sofa. But it has to just theperfect room to carry it off.
I never recommend that my clients redo any part of their home with these trendy color selections. But they are fun to see and consider some options for accessories and accent tones. My recommendation is usually Coco Chanel's quote: "The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good on you."
So, my suggestion is this...if you love this color and want to try it out, give it a thought for powder room, an accent color, an eye shadow or a scarf. Done correctly, it can look great with other color combinations like below.
All things in moderation. Including moderation, as I always say!
How would you use this color?