Every year, Pantone, an industry leader in the creative world, announces its colour of the year. Usually vibrant and rich, the colour of the year serves as a sneak peek into what future design trends and colour schemes we’ll see in coming seasons. Emerald, honeysuckle and tangerine represent the last three years and the 2014 Pantone colour of the year is Radiant Orchid; a rich purple hue that can liven up any room.
Although it may seem daunting, infusing colour into the palette of your home is easier than it sounds. Sometimes a can of paint, a few accent pillows and a mirror is all it takes to transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. We’ve outlined a few simple tips that will help you to incorporate bright, vibrant colours like radiant orchid into your décor theme.
One of the most financially-friendly ways to add a bit of colour to your home is with a few decorative pillows. Choose a unique pattern like chevrons or a damask that not only showcase the colour but also gives it is own style. The pillows below are from local retailers that offer variety at great discounts (such as Bouclair and Kitchen Stuff Plus).
Splash of Colour
For many of us, our current home décor is a simple cool or warm tone of tan colours and greys. But adding an accent wall is a great option if you’re afraid of using too much dramatic color in a room. A vibrant colour could give your room that little splash of personality that it was missing — and still make a bold statement.
An accent wall is typically the wall that is the focal point of the room. It could be the wall that has the mounted TV or the beautiful fireplace – but quite simply, it’s the wall your eye catches first when entering a room. There may be other variables at play, so if you’re unsure its best to get the assistance of a skilled decorator or stager before putting a paint-laden brush to the drywall. Above all, color on an accent wall alone makes a room zing without being overbearing.
Bold, colourful shades make good accent wall paint choices because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, if you’re using bright colours in your room’s decorative accessories, try choosing one of them for your accent wall and let the colour make a lively, vibrant statement.
There are many other easy and inexpensive décor solutions that you can use…
Vases – Vases are another great way to accent your home with the colour of the season. Clustering three small vases of different shades, shapes and heights is a great way to add visual interest to a table or a book shelf.
Blankets – blankets are a very easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your home and keep it trendy. Use them on accent chairs, your sofa or your bed for an updated look every season
Serving Trays & Candle Holders -If you have a large ottoman in your living room, a radian orchid serving tray is another great way to add a pop of colour. Candle holders are also a great option and come in a variety of beautiful shapes and sizes. From tea lights to gorgeous pedestal candle holders, they are a great way to refresh any space with new colours
The 2014 Pantone colour of the year certainly creates a range of new possibilities. For other design ideas a great source is Pinterest or Houzz. Both provide vivid images that are sure to give you the inspiration you need to transform your home!