Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 Ways to use Pantone's Colour of 2014

The news is out and after much  guessing  by designers the world over Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid as the colour for 2014.

10 Ways to use Pantone's 2014 colour of the year
2014 Pantone Colour of the Year

 It seems to leave people a little speechless.  Now I am a purple lover and have hits of it around my house, but I lean toward the bluish purples.  Even my front door is BM french violet. I have lavender  front porch cushions  etc.  I wear lots  of purples in clothing.   But this is more pink.

It is a far cry from last year's emerald. 

 If you bought into emerald last year here's a combination of the two.... 

Certainly colourful.  Notice how white is used to quieten this scheme.

But how to deal with this vibrant pink purple.... 

 Play it safe and use it to add a  jolt of colour in flowers... Beautiful and temporary.


Invest in a little leather that can be moved from room to room.  

Paint a piece of furniture or a mirror.

Throw in a daring light fixture. 

 Buy an accent chair in this lovely hue and connect it with a patterned pillow. 

Mix it up in lovely patterned bedding. 

Or on a ceiling or headboard.  Notice the leather ottoman from a previous shot.

Now we are getting daring with drapes, a bold geometric pattern and peonies.  The dark furniture provides a rich backdrop for this scheme.

Or have the full meal deal with walls, bedding, drapes, pillows and art.  Thankfully the white offers the perfect foil for the vibrancy.

Did you notice any trends in how it is used? 

And good- bye with one of my paintings that works with this lovely colour

Margaret Ryall ( In Between) mixed media on canvas, 12 x 36 inches , private collection


  1. Don't think the green and purple works in the top picture but love the other ideas, especially where the ceiling is painted purple.

  2. I agree Barbara. Green and purple when they are vibrant are not for me either. However, I do like the combination when each colour is grayed.


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