Radiant Interior

One of today’s hottest trends in home décor is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm, ” says the company. Take a look at these ways to incorporate the lively color throughout your home with these inspiring options. 

Include a punch of purple in any room of the house with a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Peonies such as these stand alone and make a strong style statement without great expense or commitment. Accentuate purple hues with a sea glass or turquoise container. A cut crystal vase is an elegant choice for formal rooms or an intriguing juxtaposition for more casual spaces. Varieties such as “Candy Stripe, ” a blossom that boasts abstractly brush-painted shades of orchid and white, and “Attar of Roses, ” a solidly colored, richly ruffled blossom are exceptional choices.

Leaf & Petal • 370 Summit Blvd. 205-967-3232.

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A few striking accessories, such as a bright statement rug, layered throughout a neutral room help create a playful contrast. The versatility of the hue allows you to pair it with warm colors for a bright, cheerful space or cool colors for a more soothing feel.

Paige Albright Orientals • 2814 Petticoat Lane. 205-877-3232.

Make cold and flu season a bit less dreary with this Broksonic Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier & Diffuser in the cheerful color of choice.


Tablescapes set with the gorgeous Anna Weatherley “Orchid” pattern are pretty, feminine and can be elegantly traditional or modern depending upon personal style. Play up tradition and complete the look with formal crystal and monogrammed linen napkins. For a contemporary take, pair with brown rattan chargers to create an earthy, casual atmosphere.

Bromberg & Co Inc. • 2800 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook. 205-871-3276.

This room designed by Lindsey Coral Harper displays a fully committed color crush with raspberry lacquered bookcases and trim (don’t forget to notice the rug!). Teamed with navy, white and silver, the effect is both breathtaking and boldly modern. I love the fabric chosen for the window treatments—the radiant orchid paint job works beautifully in this room and should a change of heart come round, the space can be easily reinvented without changing anything else. Stunning and smart design, my favorite! 

Find Valspar Pantone Universe paint at a Lowe's store near you.

For art lovers, dedicate some wall space to the color of the year. Mobile artist Sarah Otts’ painting “Seek” covers the tonal range from wisps of blush to bursts of violet. The varied color palette and studied abstract stroke of this piece lend staying power beyond the year of Radiant Orchid. sarahotts.com

Gallery 1930 • 1930 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook. 205-870-1930

Text by Leighton Mosteller

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