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Are Your Orchids Radiant?

Why you should care about the Pantone Colour of the Year

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid:  the love child of fuchsia and plum. With more red than blue, it falls on the warmer side of the purple spectrum.

We have been seeing a trend in strong colour in outdoor accessories that started about five years ago.  Home decorating and accessorizing has shifted from neutrals and greige into bolder colours and vibrant tones. These colours tend to play well together and can brighten up any environment.

Remember When

Seven or eight years ago, Merle and I were looking for our first outdoor furniture set. We really wanted a lime green or bright red umbrella for our dining room table, but it was impossible. It was tan or beige or even worse, chocolate brown. The closest we came was a dining set with ivory cushions with apple green piping. Now coloured umbrellas, accessories in bright patterns are everywhere.

Have you noticed that we are finally coming away from all the chocolate brown rattan outdoor couches? They were a part of the brown couch trend that migrated outside, thankfully we are moving away from them too.

The reason Radiant Orchid matters is because it is going to be around for a few years. It takes time for the manufactures to create designs and product with new colours, and then into the market place. We have been seeing a trend in strong colour that started about five years ago. Home decorating and accessorizing has shifted from neutrals and greige into bolder colours and vibrant tones.

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Radiant Orchid isn’t hard to find in nature, as it seems quite open to interpretation, as a quick Pinterest search reveals. Lilac, orchids (naturally), cyclamens and others are easy additions to any landscape. If they are planted with other purple and blue flowering plants, Radiant Orchid will add an uplifting note to serene palette. Want to try it out before committing? Good idea.

 

5 Easy Ways to Test Drive Radiant Orchid
 

1. Buy a big bouquet (grocery store version is fine) and pull out the Radiant Orchid coloured flowers and put them in little vases or containers, maybe a few in each, and then place them around your garden. This way you can move them around to get a sense of where the colour work the best.
 

2. Plant a few primulas and see what you think. Merle came home with some yesterday that were $1.69 each - such a good and inexpensive experiment.

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3. Like the colour, but don’t want it clashing with your existing perennials? How about a container of hyacinth like the one I saw at the North West Flower and Garden Show in Seattle last week. These bulbs will finish blooming after a few weeks and can be removed from the container just in time for some annuals.

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4. You could also just tuck the colour in with some subtle accents like a pillow or even this sweet little herb label (also from the NWFGS)

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5. Buy an orchid.  My orchid had one single, solitary bloom this year.  Was it radiant? You bet!

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Good News

We have been seeing a trend in strong colour in outdoor accessories that started about five years ago. Home decorating and accessorizing has shifted from neutrals and greige into bolder colours and vibrant tones. These colours tend to play well together and can brighten up any environment.

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Radiant Orchid isn’t hard to find in nature: lilacs, orchids (naturally), cyclamens and others.  

One easy pairing would be to put it with yellow as yellow is purple’s complementary colour on the colour wheel. Look at that primula photo again - nature knows it’s colour theory! It pairs really well with sunflower yellow gold hues as it matches the radiant orchid in colour intensity. That pairing will produce vivid contrast and increase the energy and vibrancy of your garden. If you prefer a calmer palette, pairing radiant orchid with lots of green foliage with white flowers will create a serene, but still very fresh space.

So back to Radiant Orchid. 

Expect to see all kinds of outdoor living accessories in this colour. Expect to see bridesmaid dresses and bouquets with Radiant Orchid. Expect to see outdoor accent pillows, containers and umbrellas over the next few years. It won’t take much to incorporate Radiant Orchid in to your landscape.

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