So I know that 2014 is nearly over, but I couldn’t skip writing about Radiant Orchid. If you haven’t been able to keep up with the latest in fashion and design news, you might want to find a piece of paper and something to write with - it’s time to take notes. 

With over 50 years of experience, Pantone Inc. has established itself as the world leader of color production. The experts at Pantone have created a matching system that sets the standard for just about every color in the design industry. Every spring and fall a report is released that includes guides and swatches based on their system. From paints to fabrics to plastics, they set the bar for color coordination. It’s no wonder that there is so much excitement about Pantone’s every move!

After much deliberation and careful consideration, Pantone releases their yearly forecast. Thanks to their innovative team, we have access to not only this year’s it color, but also trend-setting picks for the entire year! Keep reading for a brief description of this year’s stylish shade and some ways it can be incorporated into your interior.

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2014 Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid​

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid 18-3224

Via Pantone

“Radiant Orchid 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.” - Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.” - Pantone

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There are countless approaches you can take if you want to use this sensational hue in your home. That doesn’t mean you have to use it on every inch of every surface. Unless, of course, you want to!

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Entryway with Accent Pillow Blanket Rug

Via Decor Fox

Colorful throws are an easy way to add a pop of color to any living space. You can mix and match with different shades, colors, and patterns to create a dramatic setting. Fabrics with floral, exotic, or abstract prints tend to use a variety of shades, so it’s nearly effortless.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Dining Room Chairs 18-3224

Via Carla Aston

These metal chairs are a wonderful addition to this neutral dining area. They provide a lively contrast with the natural wood, white, and black tones. If this seems like too much, you can always mix and match with another color to keep it from looking overly uniform.

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Bathroom with Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Bathtub and Yellow Tile Shower

Via CountryLiving

Luckily, the bathroom isn’t an area of the home that’s on display all day every day. A bold splash of paint is definitely a daring move! Valspar has created a signature Radiant Orchid paint (available at Lowe's only). Try painting the tub, an accent wall or the entire room. If paint is out of the question, you can always consider small bathroom accessories instead.

Kitchen with Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Flowers

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Last but not least, you can find a little open space for some actual Radiant Orchids. You can decorate a bare window sill with a small indoor garden. Whether in a pot, vase, or planter, they add vibrance and energy to any room.

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Don’t worry if you don’t picture yourself ever using this color. Pantone has an entire guide of this year’s best color choices to pick from. Check out my blog on Spring and Summer 2014 Color Trends and stay on the lookout for follow-ups to Pantone's seasonal color reports.

What were your thoughts on Pantone’s choice for Color of the Year? Love it? Hate it? Comment below and share to let us know!

**Featured image via Los Angeles Confidential