Let Radiant Orchids bloom in your life

Colour capers

An annual tradition since the year 2000, the Pantone Colour Institute, New Jersey, releases a ‘Colour of the Year’ which according to them is a form of expression.

After Tangerine Tango in 2012 and Emerald in 2013, it is now the turn of Radiant Orchid. A rich hue of pinkish purple, this colour is oh-so-feminine, royal and romantic. International runways are flush with the colour, celebrities like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Garner have been endorsing it and of late, you can spot it on the streets too.   

Preeti Bhalla of the ‘Beautiful You’ label says there’s nothing like Radiant Orchid to accentuate a woman’s beauty. “Radiant Orchid is not that deep purple, but rather a hue that comes with undertones of pink and fuchsia – calming and joyful. In small strokes or in bold splashes, Radiant Orchid can be incorporated anywhere in the wardrobe. It can be in the form of a dress, sandals, clutch, shades or even a neckpiece or earrings.”

Radiant Orchid has already been declared the colour of the wedding season in 2014. “Perfect for a bridesmaid dress, it can be put together with flowers in tones of purple and pink. Throw in a wedding decor in the same colour with candle votives, centre pieces and the wedding cake with orchid accents, and you will have a visual paradise,” adds Preeti.

A risky colour to include in the make-up box, if applied with skill, Radiant Orchid can create magic. “This colour is available in everything from eye shadow to lipstick to nail polish these days. The key is not to overdo. If applying on the lips, then let your pout be the hero keeping all else simple. If you are doing up your eyes then make sure you accompany it with an understated mouth,” says make-up expert Suzanne Chandiwala. 

Bring in the colour of the year into your home and guests are bound to be appreciative. From tableware to art to stunning light pieces, this hue can spread radiance throughout your house. “Go for bed sheets, cushion covers and table cloths in Radiant Orchid. Your flower vases can have Orchid tones. I would recommend a Radiant Orchid wall paint as well contrasted with white. Try lighter shades of the colour embossed with gorgeous prints in a darker hue. You will automatically have art on your walls,” informs interior designer Mahi Chatwal.

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