Orchids in 2014

Attention, Attention.... The color of the year is.... ORCHID


For those of you left wondering, yes, there are people who decide which colors will be everywhere. Now, before you go and yell, this group of "color choosers" isn't just some poll off the street, it's decided at an official "color lab institute" on the Pantone campus. Yes, these people study people like us, the things we wear, our attitudes and changing environment then use that to determine a "color of the year"! Wow. I didn't really know it was THAT complicated but here's what the Pantone website says about the Color Lab and Institute,


  • Ink Lab scientists develop new formulas to update PANTONE Color palettes and test licensee samples for quality control.
  • Textile Lab technicians verify formulas for color reproduction, and dye and prepare fabric for the PANTONE FASHION + HOME swatch books. They also provide custom color dying services to textile clients.
  • Advanced Color Technology experts develop core technology and digital solutions for the accurate viewing and printing of PANTONE Colors. The department provides licensed technology to software and color output device manufacturers such as Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Quark and Microsoft to ensure the best possible representation of PANTONE Colors.


    The Pantone Color Institute is a color research and information center that shares its color expertise with professionals in a variety of industries including fashion, commercial/industrial, contract and interior design, graphic arts, advertising, film and education. Recognized throughout the world as the leading source of color information, the Institute is used as a resource by the world's most influential media.

    Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions, furthering its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Leatrice Eiseman, America's leading color expert, is the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute."


Yep. Kinda technical. But, if you want to keep up on the latest trends, you're gonna have to "get into their groove" if you know what I mean... 

 What if, you aren't a lover of purple (face it, orchid is another name for purple). I myself am in the "dis-liker of purple" camp. How can you decorate with a color that doesn't have a rhyme? How about pair it with another color that doesn't have a rhyme.... orange! I love orange. It should be easy then. Splash a little purple here, a little orange there and BAM! You're up to date with the latest trends! Your friends will all be amazed (once again) becuase we all know you are "always on top of the latest trends"!

 It's simple really, I'm not telling you to go out and paint your entire house purple, because lets face it, it is a trend. But small changes in your home decor can make a big impact. Find a place to toss a purple pillow, or place a purple vase in the center of your table with some cheerful daisies, or you could force your small children or grandchildren to produce "works of art" with varying shades of purple which can then be mounted and hung on a wall in a family space. ( I like the last one best because anytime my children are kept busy, I can have a moment of peace and quiet...maybe too quiet...alas it never lasts...)

So, if you like luxury, add deeper tones

Yep luxurious and a little manly for sure! (dudes like purple too!)

Yep luxurious and a little manly for sure! (dudes like purple too!)

Want a more relaxed feel? Muted, lighter tones should do the trick!



If you ever get stuck when discovering your trendy ways, call the experts at LIV Showroom! Our Group of Interior Designers can help with any "purple issues" or other color conundrums for that matter!

More playful and fun? Try brighter hues. But BE CAREFUL! Don't over-do it, because it can get overwhelming for sure!

retro revival baby!

retro revival baby!




Here's to a colorful new year!

 Happy designing!


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