You will see my “Colour” blog postings always on a Thursday , and I’m going to call them “Thursdays Colour Ways”
And no surprise to you all , but the first colour I will be writing about is the gorgeous outstanding Radiant Orchid. Chosen by Pantone it’s the colour of 2014, it is both striking & beautiful . Its one of those colours where you have to have a lot of self confidence to wear it or have it in your house. But just think what you are missing out on if you don’t have anything in this colour.
I have scoured my favourite on-line site , one where I both sell and buy from – Etsy , its full of handmade & colourful goodies. Below are some radiant orchid items you might buy and wear.
Vintage Wool Hounds-tooth Draped Cocoon Cape - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KheGreen
Big bold oversized statement handmade ring - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StudioLeanne
Lace Collar Necklace - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/callmemimi
Geometric Acetate fabric String Bikini - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/sunclassixx
Brass Book Locket Pendant - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Blucha
Purple hand knitted scarf - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheFeminineTouch ME!
HEART Personalized Leather Key Fob - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Sakao
Extra long fingerless gloves hand knit armwarmers - http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/irmasknittings
WoW , totally stunning and No , you wouldn’t probably wear more than 1 of these items at one time. Statement pieces to show off the rest of your wardrobe , perhaps.
I also found these lovely cushion covers on Etsy and its plain to see , the designers have decided that you should incorporate radiant orchid with other stunning colours. They have chosen green, white and grey. In this way the colour doesn’t overwhelm you , but it does bring the cushion to life , bringing it to another dimension.
Waverly Radiant Orchid and Green Pillow Cover http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChloeandOliveDotCom
Lavender & Linen Colorblock Pillow http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JillianReneDecor
Then putting my Interior Designer hat on (I’m only part way through the course but that’s another story) , I thought , let's find some room layouts that incorporate the colour. Here are a few of my favourites.
Image from Decor6blog – Holly Becker best-selling author, pro-blogger, stylist and founder of decor8blog.com .
More wonderful room images using Radiant orchid - http://decor8blog.com/2014/01/21/how-to-decorate-radiant-orchid/
I love the subtle use of the colour , yes the rug that takes up most of the bottom half of the photo is in the glorious radiant orchid , but have you noticed the geometric cushion? or the book covers in the background? And.....just think what this room would look like without this colour included , boring and bland.
From one extreme to the other , this room layout is transformed with beautiful geometric wall coverings in the gorgeous radiant orchid , along with white and greys . Silver and Black in the mirror and cabinet accentuate the wall too. Stunning !
WA Designs - http://www.houzz.com/photos/461005/Stinson-Beach-House-beach-style-kitchen-san-francisco
And a simple rug , lamp and throw out in the garden , porch or conservatory
Bo Bedre - http://bobedre.dk/article/164526-nye-behov---ny-have/gallery/689090
This is my favourite !
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.