Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014.

Pantone's Colour of 2014

Pantone’s Colour of 2014

A vibrant purple with pink undertones, this is certainly an eye-catching colour. Pantone describes it as  “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Although my first reaction was that I’m not madly keen on this colour – it reminds me a little too much of the late 90′s when everything was shades of purple/lilac, I love a bit of creativity and originality so am willing to be swayed… here are some tips for adding this trend into your interior design.

Go subtle: If you don’t want to go all out and you have a relatively neutral decor – this colour works well with most neutrals and even dark greys and olive greens – then adding some accents through cushions, rugs, lighting etc can work well.

A rug in Radiant Orchid against a neutral background adds a lovely colour pop

A rug in Radiant Orchid against a neutral background adds a lovely colour pop

I love this, the bright fushcia/purple work so well against the charcoal grey of the sofa and walls. A great balance of masculine and feminine from Smile and Wave

I love this, the bright fushcia/purple work so well against the charcoal grey of the sofa and walls. A great balance of masculine and feminine from Smile and Wave

Brighten up a bedroom with Radiant Orchid bedding. This image from Pinterest demonstrates well how the colour works with other shades of purple as well as contrasting teal.

Brighten up a bedroom with Radiant Orchid bedding. This image from Pinterest demonstrates well how the colour works with other shades of purple as well as contrasting teal.

Get the look:
These lovely pieces will help get the look without breaking the bank..

The Aborg rug from Ikea will give you the shot of purple you desire for a bargain £35.

The Aborg rug from Ikea will give you the shot of purple you desire for a bargain £35.

Beautiful handmade Trellis design Radiant Orchid cushion via Etsy

Beautiful handmade Trellis design Radiant Orchid cushion via Etsy

Amazing vintage typewriter in Radiant Orchid via ElGranero on Etsy.

Amazing vintage typewriter in Radiant Orchid via ElGranero on Etsy.

Use artwork to make a colour statement (from Etsy seller Louise Art Studio)

Use artwork to make a colour statement (from Etsy seller Louise Art Studio)

Go Bold: If you want to embrace Radiant Orchid fully then make a statement with boldly painted or wallpapered walls. One for those who love this enough to keep it in their homes on a permanent basis – lets face it, no one wants to be repainting their walls every year!

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Go all out with a statement wall and coordinating accessories. Wall Painted in Valspar Paints Radiant Orchid. Vaslpar are now available in the UK at B&Q

Go bright and bold with contrasting pops of yellow, orange and blues.

Go bright and bold with contrasting pops of yellow, orange and blues.

Neutrals look fab against this Navy and Orchid wallpaper from Graham & Brown

Neutrals look fab against this Navy and Orchid wallpaper from Graham & Brown

Get the look: All you really need here is a pot of paint or some rolls of paper to make all the statement you need:

Crown's "So Sweet" look a good match for Radiant Orchid

Crown’s “So Sweet” look a good match for Radiant Orchid

Dandii wallpaper from Holden Decor gives you lots of options for matching your accessory colours.

Dandii wallpaper from Holden Decor gives you lots of options for matching your accessory colours.

Love this subtle yet Vibrant wallpaper - Cow Parsley by Cole & Son

Love this subtle yet Vibrant wallpaper – Cow Parsley by Cole & Son

So what do you think? Can you see yourself adding a bit of on-trend Orchid to your interiors this year? Or is it all just a bit too purple for you? ;)