Radiant Orchid: Interior Design Tips For Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014



Get ready to jump on the biggest trends for 2014! For homeowners who are planning to re-decorate their homes, this is especially important. You want your home to have a fresh and modern feel, as opposed to a dated vibe. One of the best ways to ensure that your home will be designed with style and flair is to incorporate the “color of the year” as named by the Pantone Color Institute.


For 2014, Pantone has announced that Radiant Orchid is “the” color to fall in love with and incorporate into your home and day-to-day life. While certainly a stunning hue, the purple tones that make up Radiant Orchid can seem a bit overwhelming to the untrained interior designer. You don’t want to overwhelm your space with the color, but still want to use it to make a beautiful statement.

In order to help you bring this vibrant shade into your house, here’s a look at the color’s potential, and a few simple Radiant Orchid interior design tips.


Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid


As the global color authority and provider of professional color standards within the design sector, Pantone works to promote colorful expression in both interior decor and everyday lifestyles. After carefully charting future color direction and studying the ways in which color can play a significant role in influencing our thought processes, emotions and reactions, Pantone is most assuredly an expert on predicting positive trends, and pushing for the evolution of design.


Year 2014, Pantone has named Radiant Orchid as the latest in color trends. This bold and stunning hue offers a truly magical warmth to the beholder that is sure to both intrigue, and spark imaginative thought and creativity.


The enchanting purple shade is able to draw in the viewer, opening up the eyes, mind, heart and soul to new possibilities. With the perfect combination of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, this delectable color is sure to evoke a sense of joy, love and health within any home.


Bringing it Home: Radiant Orchid Interior Design Tips

  • Radiant Orchid Pieces – Because color trends change regularly, it’s not necessary to rush out and replace all of your furniture with Radiant Orchid pieces. The marriage of more transient items with more permanent furnishings is the way to go. Consider introducing a gorgeous, Radiant Orchid area rug to your living room, adding pops of color with art pieces or draperies, finding Orchid accent pieces, making use of trendy and fashionable slip covers for your dining room chairs. Your whole home doesn’t have to go purple – a few strategically placed Radiant Orchid pieces can go a long way in modernizing your space.



  • Color Palette – Perhaps one of the most important Radiant Orchid interior design tips involves color palette. Because the shade is bold in nature, you may prefer to counter-balance the effect with neutral tones. Radiant Orchid rugs, throw pillows and accent chairs can be made softer and more subtle when paired with beige upholstered sofas, white-toned walls, blacks or grays. For those who prefer to avoid going completely neutral, red and blue shades can be integrated into the space to add extra “pizazz” while still remaining harmonious on the color spectrum.

Embracing the latest design trends is important in guaranteeing that you are happy with the overall look of your home’s interior. By sticking with these Radiant Orchid interior design tips you can create a modern yet versatile space that will remain in fashion well into the future.



Blog credit: http://www.designspree.com/radiant-orchid-interior-design-tips

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Designer Tips for Lighting and Lighting Fixtures

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Light is one of the most important, yet understated elements in our daily lives. Light helps form events, and memories…the sunny day at the beach, the marriage proposal by candlelight, the ghost stories told by the campfire. The Bible says that after God created the heavens and earth, he created light, and saw that it was good (Genesis 1:3-4). Scientific studies have shown that the appropriate and proper lighting affect our daily moods. Can you imagine living in a world with no light? Or even in a world with inappropriate lighting? How would this affect your life?

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Thankfully, we have access to great lighting….which means we have options. You can use lighting in so many ways to enhance your life, and your home…to make easy life’s daily tasks, to strengthen and highlight the structural features of your home, to provide romance and warmth to the environment where you spend your quiet time. Below are some of the ideas we would like to share with you on light positioning and lighting products. It comes from years of experience and working with other professionals who are experts in the field. I hope this helps…please enjoy:

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What are the different types of lighting I should know about and use when designing a room?

There are four basic types of lighting that can, and should be used to achieve the best lighting design. They are: ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting.

Ambient lighting fills the undefined areas of a room with a soft level of general light, enough for someone to navigate through the room.

Task lighting is a bright light that illuminates a particular area where a visual activity, such as food preparation, or reading takes place.

Accent lighting is similar to task lighting in that it consists largely of directed light. Accent lighting is used to focus attention on artwork, or architectural features, to help set a mood or provide drama in decorating your space.

Any of the three previous categories of light can come in the form of Decorative Lighting. Decorative lighting draws attention to itself, and can sometime be the centerpiece or focal point of a room. A Dining Room Chandelier is a perfect example of this. It is very important that you select the proper type of decorative lighting to create the environment you desire.

Are there any basic rules to use when planning a lighting design?

One basic, but often overlooked rule of efficient lighting is to put light where you need it. However, to insure an attractive, comfortable lighting atmosphere, you must also think about balancing light. It is essential to create an effective spread of light through each room and have it flow seamlessly between rooms. The best way to achieve this balance in a well-decorated room is to layer light sources. The first step to lighting design is to identify the main activity areas or the room’s focal points. Any room with multiple focal points will be the most visually interesting and balanced. This is where the brightest layer of light should be directed. The next step is a middle layer of light that provides interest in specific areas without detracting from focal points. The last layer fills in the background.

The first two layers are supplied by task and/or accent lighting, depending on what is being lit. The third and lower-level ambient lighting is usually indirect like that provided by wall sconces. Once the essential layers are in place the decorative pieces can be added.

Source: http://www.uttermost.com/t-tips-Lighting.aspx#top

Uttermost Australia D&D Expo

Uttermost Australia,  a worldwide company has now launched in Australia, featuring luxurious yet affordable furniture, mirrors, lamps and design accessories for your home, Uttermost was one of the highlights of the Melbourne Design and Decoration show last July.

During the opening of the Design & Decoration Expo, Bruce McGrath with special participation of John Oren the International Sales Manager of Uttermost USA, gave a short introduction of the best features of the Uttermost Australia home/office decorations collection.

With the success of the said event, Uttermost Australia is inviting you to their next expo at Home & Giving Fair, Melbourne this 3rd – 7th August 2013.  You’ll surely love to see  their exciting new range of luxurious home/office furniture.