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BRIANA: Pantone has released the 2014 Color of the Year and it’s [drumroll, please] Radiant Orchid!

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Photos: Courtesy of Pantone

Are you glad this purple/pink has put down roots and blossomed or is the hue too much for you?

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Design: Mary Jo Fiorella/Fiorella Design, Photo: Frank Paul Perez

LILI: Make way for this gorgeous pink, y’all.

KELLEY: Oh wow – way better than Honeysuckle. And quite ’80s, too. Our whole senior class seemed to have ruffle-necked shirts in that color, LOL!

MARIANNE: It’s very Unicorn Club (points if you get that reference).

LILI: I mean, honestly, they all read like Pantone COTYs:

sweet valley twins book covers

Via: The Hidden Bookcase

MARIANNE: Lili, OMG. I think we’ve cracked the code.

KELLEY: So didn’t get the reference. LOL!

BRIANA: Unicorn Club was the original “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” Viva la Wakefields!

FARIMA: Is Unicorn Club like a magical Baby-sitters Club? That’s what I’m imagining. I’m not sure if I like the color. It reminds me of cheap, really fragrant soap.

LILI: Oh, I love it. How ’bout as a purse?

orchid purse

Time’s Arrow Julian Serpent-Print Duffle Bag

Or a settee?

orchid settee

Via: Harlequin

Or on your table?


Photo: DK – How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

FARIMA: Ooo, yeah love the settee and handbag!

LEANNE: Fragrant Orchid? Meh. Pink does not speak to me. And if it did, I wouldn’t listen.

LIZ: I can’t say this color is speaking to me, either. Also, what’s with the name? Are the swatches scratch-and-sniff?

BRIANA: I am down with orchid as long as it’s OPP (other peoples’ places).

KELLEY: I always wanted a house with a front door that color. And those blinds are gorgeous, Bri.

LEANNE: Oh, it’s not Fragrant Orchid. It’s Radiant Orchid.  That’s worse. Let’s rename it Radioactive Pink.

JILLIAN: This reminds me of a specific shade of lipstick that is very rarely seen in the wild these days.

revlon orchid lipstick

DEANNE: Almost Effie Trinket pink:

effie trinket

Photo: Murray Close

KELLEY: My monitor reads it more as purple, but all the press shows it as pink:

orchid on wall street journal

Via: Wall Street Journal

But wait – Kelly’s hair may be the key:

kelly osbourne and krysten ritter

Via: Today

And Ritter’s dress reminds me a lot of ‘80s mauve:

80s mauve orchid dress

Via: The Rusty Zipper


estelle getty in orchid

KELLEY: Boom, baby.

LIZ: I’m with Briana: This color would look fantastic…in other people’s homes. One of you (Kelley?) should paint your bookcases this color. I’ll come over, absorb it, then go home to my blue/green/orange home.

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Design: Lindsey Coral Harper, Photo: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

CAMILLE: That has GOT to be Prince’s library. I can’t imagine anyone else on the face of the planet (besides Barney) who’d willingly surround themself with that much purple.

prince in a purple suit

KELLEY: Let’s let the other Kelly take this one on, since orchid won’t do much for my taupe/orange/apple color scheme.

KELLY: Who, me? Do you know me?! Ha. I am not a fan of this color at all. It makes me think of Barbie followed by a big collective rabbit hole of teen angst.

barbie dream townhouse

LEANNE: Speaking of Prince, can’t we just Party Like It’s 2010? We can pretend this Radioactive Pink thing never happened.

pantone 2010 coty

DEANNE: Confession: 80% of my freshman dorm was outfitted in radiant orchid/magenta. All my office supplies, storage containers, bath towels, shower caddy.

I even had a radiant orchid Caboodle with silver metallic flakes.

JILLIAN: It’s not a confession, it’s a declaration. I’ll bet your room was the toast of the dorm.

We’ve ranted about Radiant Orchid, now tell us what YOU think:

87 Responses

  1. Barb says:

    It's not a girly color- I love it on an off white couch as a throw, pillows with herringbone stitching and a grey and off white set of club chairs with pops of radiant orchid in the center of the contemporary floral print. In judicious doses, it is an excellent accent. I wouldn't do a whole wall in it, however.

  2. tjcyoung says:

    Great for a top but not so much for a room!

  3. Rosewood11 says:

    A little goes a long, long way.

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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