5 ways to use Pantone’s colour of the year

June 10, 2014 | Colour, Guest Post, Tips | No Comments

This month our guest blog post is from Jenny Hurren, founder and Marketing Director of Out There Interiors.

Pantone’s colour of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Fuchsia, purple and pink undertones work in ‘captivating harmony’ to create what Pantone describe as an ‘expressive and creative’ purple, which ‘blooms with confidence and magical warmth’.

Whilst my practical (ok cynical) brain winces at the thought of discussing fluffy nonsensical descriptions of colour, I have to agree that Radiant Orchid is a beaut. And looking through our product range I found 5 ingenious ways to use it in your home.

Blend It
As we found out on a recent photo shoot radiant orchid works amazingly with turquoise. Every tone, from the deep purple of the lamp to the light lilac of the candle stick will work in ‘captivating harmony’ (see what I did there?) with turquoise and aqua blue. This French side table is probably my favourite piece on out there interiors.com at the moment. It could have been designed with radiant orchid in mind.


Pop It
Against a white wall, or place an expressive piece in an unexpected place. As we know from seeing acrylic Ghost Chairs around rustic dining tables and dark paint colours in small spaces, doing unexpected things with your interior is often a good thing. Be empowered with bold purple splashes such as our Serenity chest of drawers or this bonkers six-arm violet chandelier. A pair of purple floral lamps either side of your bed is sure to make the room ‘bloom with confidence’ (sorry!).


Paint It
If you love radiant orchid but need something specific, why not opt for a bespoke piece in your chosen shade? We offer a personalisation service at Out There Interiors whereby you can send us your chosen piece and required colour and we’ll create you a totally unique item. Below are a couple of examples to inspire your ‘creative and imaginative’ side.


Upholster It
There’s nothing like a bit of radiant orchid upholstery to add drama to your space. Darker shades will add depth and prestige, whilst lighter tones help to create calm, relaxing rooms. The deep pinky-purple upholstery on this Eero Saarinen Tulip Arm Chair softens the stark lines adding ‘warmth’ and comfort to a contemporary space.


Hide It
Coloured drawers and cupboards are my new favourite thing. Open a seemingly traditional black French cabinet to find a ‘magical’ radiant orchid interior. It’s a little secret just for you, and there’s no need to match it to the rest of the interior, just choose a colour you love.

About Jenny

Jenny Hurren is the founder and Marketing Director of Out There Interiors. Born of her devotion to eclectic interiors, the business has one aim: To make desirable furniture more accessible for those who love it.

Whether your interior style is modern, shabby chic, rustic, glamorous, mid-century, industrial or (like Jenny) downright weird, you can buy it all from the big diverse department store that is Out There Interiors.com. The company’s showroom is based on a farm in the Buckinghamshire countryside.


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