By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget

If you like to follow color trends in home decor, a terrifibudgethomec place to find inspiration is with the Pantone color of the year.

Here’s why: Pantone calls itself  “the global authority on color” as it reports on trends and influences in the world of design.

Its 2014 color of the year, radiant orchid, is a lovely light purple shade. Pantone calls it “Vibrant, captivating,” and explains that it “reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.”

I think it will be a popular one for spring fashions, especially weddings.

That being said, purple of any shade is not traditionally seen in home decor. If you are redecorating a room with the hopes of including radiant orchid, it will be a challenge; and even more so if your decorating is on a budget.

Even on Pinterest, a social networking site where people post and collect favorite images, the suggestions of what one can do with radiant orchid seem to run out of imagination quickly. The most common images that came up when I did a search featured that shade paired with gray, white or alternative shades of purple.

Luckily, Pantone has recommended two complimentary palettes that feature more traditional home decor shades, including neutrals.

The fall Pantone palette that compliments radiant orchid is royal blue, aluminum, aurora red, misted yellow, sangria, mauve mist, cognac (brownish shade), bright cobalt and cypress.

The spring palette is placid blue, violet tulip, hemlock, sand, paloma (grayish color), cayene, freesia (bright yellow) and celosia orange.

Now that you have more colors to pick from, the trick to making a radiant orchid work in a budget-friendly decorating plan is this:

Select the carpeting or upholstered furniture, which are among the most expensive investments for a room, from the blue, beige, brown or gray choices in the palettes. Splashes of radiant orchid or other trendy colors would be selected for wall paint, curtains, bedding, table linens or accents. Those items are do-it-yourself friendly or inexpensive, and therefore easy to replace when it’s time for a new look.

I ran into such a challenge when decorating my home office room two years ago. I picked a bright pink color for the walls, and a deep purple as an accent color on some pieces. But that room’s carpet is gray, most of the furnishings are black or white, the hardware is brushed nickel gray, and most of the accent pieces such as my wall clock are black.

If I wish to change up the color scheme for my home office at some point, all I really need is paint.

Take a look at radiant orchid and complimentary color schemes for the home, fashion and even cakes on The Monroe News‘ Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/monroenews/shades-of-orchid/



P.S. Are you going to the Monroe County Home Improvement Show? Here’s the info on The Monroe News‘ calendar – the show is Feb. 28-March 2. Tickets are $5 a person but you can request free admission tickets from any of the participating vendors.

You’ll find all the preview information in the special section in today’s edition of The Monroe News and Saturday’s Bedford Now.

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