Anything But Vanilla

Incorporating radiant orchid, Pantone’s Color of the Year, into your home promises to bring inspiration and luxury to everyday life.

Loom photo by John Altdorfer


For 2014, the Pantone Color Institute sought inspiration from one of the most prodigious species of flower — the orchid — when it came to choosing its Color of the Year. Known for its exotic beauty, the blossom often features a pink-tinted shade of purple that you’ll see popping up at beauty counters, clothing boutiques and home-design stores in the coming months.
“An invitation to innovation, radiant orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

We accept that invitation and have compiled some great finds that will bring this captivating color into your home.

“The Soliloquy Basin from Kohler shows how easily you can incorporate both the orchid color and the orchid motif into your space,” says Beth Fay Lane of Splash. “You could keep the basin as the only accent of the color for a subtle effect, or if you want a bolder look, try tiling or painting the walls in a similar bright hue.”

1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry, 724/772-1060; or 4807 William Penn Highway, Murrysville, 724/733-2600,


“[Radiant orchid] is so saturated and fun, [so] why not start your day with it?” says John Gurman of Loom Exquisite Textiles. “Try covering kitchen-chair seats for a jolt of color or introducing the color in a tablecloth or napkins.”

2124 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/485-4346,


“If wallpapering an entire room is not in your near future, you can get a new color infusion by focusing on an accent wall,” suggests Bob Cherry of Peerless Wallpaper and Blinds. “Not all wallpapers are fully saturated with just one color. Pick a pattern that incorporates radiant orchid into the design.”

JF Fabrics Paradiso wall covering, pattern 5038 57W6191; available at Peerless Wallpaper and Blinds, William Penn Highway, Monroeville; 412/823-7660,


Design experts at DKNY suggest incorporating radiant orchid in stripes — as seen with this Sahara Stripe shower curtain — to add visual interest to a room.

$49.99; available at Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple area locations;

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