The new year is upon us and with its arrival so too the announcements from paint companies as to what their colour of the year is. Not that one should change one’s décor annually to match each passing colour trend, but it is interesting to learn what’s new and notable. And if one is inclined to refresh a tired paint palette, then why not incorporate a splash of colour where appropriate?
This year Pantone has chosen “Radiant Orchid’, which is a blend of fuchsia, purple and pink and makes for a softer, more comforting and less bold hue than last year’s choice of emerald green. Now some might think “how does one work with such a unique tint?” Fear not, it’s simpler than you’d imagine.
Radiant orchid makes for a vibrant feature wall colourant or can be matched with white, grey or taupe to allow it to shine. Or pair it with teal, orange or chartreuse for a livelier look. Don’t over do it though and stick to small punches of pigment, such as the occasional accent in a room.
Just in case this colour isn’t doing it for you there are options; Benjamin Moore has nominated ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ their pigment, while CIL have selected ‘Creamy Yellow’. These may all seem very different, yet what they do have in common is the move towards tones with calming and renewing qualities.
No matter what colours you decide to opt for in 2014, one shade you hopefully won’t forget about is to go ‘green’ wherever possible. It’s an excellent resolution for the New Year and one that benefits us all in the long run.
Peter Oudejans, founder of OUDEJANS INTERIORS, provides feedback on his latest projects as well as highlighting exciting trends in the world of interior design.