Color Palette: Radiant Orchid + Sweet Pea

Feb 24

The statement I’m about to make may draw into question my sanity, but I’ve decided I’m ok with that. So here goes! This year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid was an utter disappointment for me, for many reasons. Why do I care? I don’t even know. It’s entirely irrational I’ll be the first to admit. But after last year’s home run (oh, you beautiful Emerald, you) I was really just feeling meh about this whole Radiant Orchid thing. (I told you! Utter insanity.) So today’s color palette is all about celebrating the fact that this color is finally starting to grow on me. Paired with other berry and floral inspired shades of purple and pink, I might actually be prepared to say I think it’s outright lovely. It’s like a burst of summer in the late weeks of February. That’s the kind of lovely I like.

Color Palette: Radiant Orchid and Sweet Pea

[Photos, from top: IKEA | A Little Dash of Darling | BRIDES.]

6 thoughts on “Color Palette: Radiant Orchid + Sweet Pea”

  1. I completely agree! Lets face it, it’s not radiant orchid – it’s purple. And pairing it with other colors makes it soo much better than it actually is. Don’t feel bad, it’s just your opinion, as it is mine (and even Pantone’s to pick it). But love what you did with it!

  2. love how you paired it with the other colors. i think it is a bit much on it’s own. thanks for showing us a way to incorporate the “color of the year” into our homes in a way that we like.

  3. I must admit, I was disappointed that this was the color of the year too! I just never really liked it. This lovely color palette has made me realize that it’s just one of those colors that doesn’t do well on its own; it needs some “back-up dancers”, and now it looks fabulous!

  4. Lovely how you’ve paired it with other colors! I actually have a radiant orchid at home, I’m just waiting for it to bloom again. I’ve been thinking about matching that orchid with some pillows on our sofa or adding some colorful prints to our photo wall. I think hints of radiant orchid is just what I need this spring! It’s such a happy color :) I also like Pantone’s other Top 10 colors for women this year’s spring, especially Paloma, Sand and Freesia!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland

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