A few months ago, the wonderful color experts at Pantone came out with the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224).
What is Radiant Orchid? Well it’s somewhere between magenta and violet, fused with pink. Well, that’s the best way I can describe it at least. I was so excited about this color because of its softness and femininity. With its ability to pair beautifully with pastels and bold colors alike, it’s just an all-around feel good color. It’s perfect for wearing in the winter and will be extra flirty in the summer, it truly is a year round color. Radiant Orchid is also said to spark the imagination, as well as inspire confidence. Dallas native Tristen Paige, CEO and Founder of nonprofit organization Turning Paiges, says she had already begun taking advantage of the new color, both in and outside of the office.
“I was deciding on what color to use for my winter apparel, and it just so happened right before I decided on one, I’d heard that Pantone had announced their color of the year.” Paige said. “As cliche as it sounds, I was immediately inspired.”
With its growing popularity, Radiant Orchid is already a hit in Hollywood, especially at award shows. However, you don’t have to be a celebrity to wear this color, or decorate your home with it. Radiant Orchid is one of those colors that looks good against just about every skin tone, and can be easily incorporated in your home, without a hefty price tag. Let’s take a look at how this color may work for you:
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How exciting this color is for the home! You can totally have fun with it in many ways, especially when it comes to girls’ rooms. Simple touches go a long way, so something as easy as putting up a few wall decals are excellent ways to liven up her room without going overboard. If you’re more of a risk taker and prefer a bolder look, then doing a Radiant Orchid accent wall, with a white bedspread and a few accent pillows would do the trick.
As for the rest of your home, think about the description of the color, Radiant Orchid. What better way to decorate your kitchen or living room, than actually adding an orchid or two? Add that with a gorgeous plum colored rug and switch out the lampshades, and you’ll have yourself one fancy room.
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I absolutely love a purple smokey eye, and Laura Mercier has one of my favorite palettes to create one for this year’s Radiant Orchid trend. The Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons Multi-Finish in Amethyst Trio makes for a mesmerizing look, and goes great with a nude lip. If you want to go for something a bit simpler, try Benefit’s Candy-Orchid Tint for lips and cheeks – its smudge and smooch proof!
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Women love pinks and deep purples because they are an excellent pop of color to any outfit. The good thing about this color is that it looks great against any skin tone. Pairing a great winter white top with dark blue jeans and orchid and gold accessories are a great way to incorporate this color in your wardrobe. Even something as simple as a top and a headband does just fine.
Men, you should be excited about the color too! Even though Radiant Orchid may seem like a feminine color, that doesn’t mean it’s just for women. Designer Jamil Tucker is the owner of 12:48 Neckwear, and says men can easily pull off wearing it, even if your taste in clothing isn’t that daring.
“I suggest a man wear it in his tie or pocket square, with a blue or grey suit to soften it.” He said.
I think most women would absolutely agree. There is almost nothing more attractive than a man who is fashionable, and especially one who knows how to wear Radiant Orchid!