Introducing Pantone’s colour of the year – Radiant Orchid…

‘Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.’ (Source – Pantone:

This colour may not to be everybody’s taste; I myself took a while to adjust to this strong colour but have found using it within different elements of a room can really bring a space to life. Try the Radiant Orchid with a turquoise or teal to bring a dramatic, bold new look to an interior. This colour is set to be a very popular trend within fashion, beauty and interiors in 2014 so whether it is a splash of colour on the walls, new accessories or simply an new orchid flower for your home, this is the colour to invest in this year.


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Pantone’s colour of the year for 2013 is Emerald Green. A more classic colour than the 2012 colour, Tangerine Tango which popped up quite a lot and adapted to the years interior trend of orange. I wonder how popular and influential Emerald Green will be in 2013?

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Creams and beiges often get accused of being dull or unimaginative colour choices but there are plenty of lovely shades out there make a room look striking. Try Zoffany and Dulux paints, they have some gorgeous neutral tones. Creams and beiges are an old and simple choice but it really can look stylish used in the correct way.

To stop beige spaces looking flat, combining a variety of neutral colours creates a calming and sophisticated interior. What always works is having a feature wall in a luxurious, darker beige shade and the rest of the walls in a lighter neutral tone. Try using bold accents to make the space appear more interesting, for example, an interior can look really smart when beige is teamed up with blacks or greys.

The great thing about decorating in a neutral colour scheme is that they can be mixed with any other colour, ideal for keeping up to date with the latest trends or changing your interior to how you feel.  Additionally it is the perfect colour scheme for people who are afraid of using colour, as colour can just be added through accents and accessories.

An additional way to ensure a neutral colour scheme is designed to its full potential is to decorate the room with textures and pattern. By layering with different textures a beige interior is made instantly more attractive. Adding small details in the patterns you choose and using a chunky cream knitted throw, jute flooring, light linen curtains for example, would provide the room with more depth.

Beige is my favourite colour for its versatility, calm and warm qualities and stylish outcomes.

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