Every year the Pantone Institute™ chooses the Color of The Year. For 2014, it’s Radiant Orchid. Great for cosmetics and clothing perhaps, but not my favorite for home staging.
My first reaction was that it reminded me a bit of that dusty rose that was so popular in the 1980s. Thankfully this 2014 color is more vibrant and has more purple in it.
It’s no coincidence that you’ll see Radiant Orchid popping up in all kinds of products in 2014 because manufacturers worldwide knew this would be the color of the year quite some time ago. The rest of us only find out when the Pantone Institute issues their press release at the end of December – just ahead of all that merchandise hitting the stores.
How to Stage Homes with Radiant Orchid
Since it’s in the purple family with pink undertones, Radiant Orchid will pair nicely with charcoal gray in a dynamic color scheme. I can also imagine it working very well with chocolate brown, blue or green.
I wouldn’t use it as a wall color (except perhaps in a tiny powder room for extra drama).
Can’t you just imagine it as an accent color in home staging accessories like bedding, shower curtains, towels, throw cushions, or vases?
Or you can keep it really simple and just include an actual orchid in your home staging scheme. I’ve used orchids successfully in dining rooms, master bedrooms and bathrooms. When you’re using flowers for home staging, you need something that lasts fairly long and doesn’t need a lot of care.
If you want tips for using color in home staging, be sure to check out the Staging Diva Ultimate Color Guide: The Easy Way to Pick Color For Home Staging Projects.
To use Radiant Orchid on your website, use the HEX Code: B163A3. See the attached chart for how you’ll match it in RGB (online) or CMYK (printing).
According to Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eisemen, “Radiant Orchid encourages us to innovate. Purple draws you in,” she says, “and speaks to creativity. It’s a magical color of beguiling charm.”
Perhaps this means we’ll see it on the red carpet come Oscar night. Radiant Orchid is quite feminine and I can totally imagine a few starlets dressed in ball gowns of this color.
Since it’s so feminine, I wouldn’t go overboard using Radiant Orchid to stage homes. What do you think? How would you use Radiant Orchid for your home staging clients? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
Dubbed “as color conscious as Matisse” in a magazine cover story, Debra Gould has and MBA in Marketing and has been a serial entrepreneur since 1989. An internationally recognized home staging expert, Debra created the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program with 8,000 students in 22 countries. She is the author of 5 guides, including the best-selling Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans.