Designing with the Pantone Color of the Year

Phantom Screens / August 3, 2016

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According to color experts, Pantone, the color of the year is Radiant Orchid. They say it, “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple; one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Incorporate it into your interior design

If you love the color of radiant orchid then why not consider incorporating it into your home design? It would be perfect for adding a statement color to a sitting room or bedroom. You could use it as a feature wall behind a headboard or either side of a fireplace to add warmth and radiance to your room. It’s quite an energizing color so if you’re looking to enliven a dull room then radiant orchid might just be the color for you.

Perfect combinations

Just as no man is an island, you can’t easily use a color on its own in your home design. Without other colors, a single color can seem flat and dull. And that’s true for this year’s chosen color. The good news is that radiant orchid is also very versatile in combination with other colors.

  • Contrast: If you want to create a “wow” factor in your home design using contrasting colors, then check out radiant orchid in combination with a peacock blue or teal. It looks amazing with turquoise and if you really want to switch it up you can pair it with a light yellow. This adds a really summery or spring-like feel to a room. And if you paint your trim a bright white, you’ll have a room with a huge amount of head-turning “zing.”
  • Liven up neutrals: So many homes feature neutrals, beiges, creams and grays. As soft and comforting as they can be, they can also be rather dull. But that’s where radiant orchid comes into play. If you combine it with a palette of neutral shades, you can add warmth and vibrancy without shocking the eye too much. It’s enough to gently lift a room from ordinary to interesting.
  • White is all right: If you’re looking for a really crisp combination, perhaps in a bedroom, then pairing radiant orchid with white is a great plan. White trim, white bedding accessorized with radiant orchid pillows, lampshades and scatter cushions, will give you a very smart and contemporary look to your room.

A vogue for vintage

It seems like vintage style and shabby chic is back with a vengeance. Websites like and ebay are leading the way in the trend for upcycling, recycling and the handmade look. And Pantone’s color choice is fabulous for those wanting to create a vintage look in their home.

You can find all kinds of home accessories and linens to add radiant orchid to your home. If you have a white bathroom for example, you could swap out your towels, bathmats and shower curtains for ones in this lovely dusky purple. Not only will you be right on trend, but you’ll also be able to create that vintage and lived-in look which is so popular.

Color can be divisive. One person may love deep, dark colors on the walls of their home and others may want only flat white. That’s why color is so much fun! But it doesn’t have to be forever! If you want to use radiant orchid in your home design, and don’t have the confidence to create a whole room in the color, don’t worry! Just start with a feature wall in a smaller room, live with it for a while and see what you think. If you like it you can expand to a full decorating scheme. If you don’t then you can easily paint over it and you won’t have spent too much money!

Ready to paint? You can find matching paints at all the main home improvement stores: Valspar has a Pantone-branded radiant orchid interior satin paint and very similar shades from Benjamin Moore (Lilac Pink), Sherwin Williams (Drama Violet) and Ralph Lauren’s Belmont Pink can also do the job.