Ushering in orchid

Radiant orchid gets top billing as the color of the year. If you are having trouble visualizing this shade belonging to the purple family, it is a tad darker and rosier than lavender. According to The Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, radiant orchid “emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The list of those who love purple is long and includes followers like free – spirited folks and ethereal, romantic types. Thanks to the popular poem, “When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”, wearing purple is now emblematic of a fearless attitude toward aging. Perhaps purple’s connection with spirituality also accounts for its enduring popularity.

I’m eager to get on the radiant purple band wagon for several reasons. First of all, I can see it against core colors like navy, black, grey, green and brown. One of the guests at a party I went to in celebration of King’s Day looked gorgeous in a radiant orchid sweater set with black leggings. The color illuminated her large brown eyes and brunette hair. Although orchid may not wear well on everyone, chances are most people can find a shade of purple that flatters them. I also look forward to seeing print tops and scarves formed from accent colors like yellow, deep purple and teal. Since my husband and I just bought a house in Greenville, SC, I can’t wait to add an orchid print throw pillow to our grey couch or paint an occasional table in orchid.

If you’re timid about donning this year’s “it” color, then I suggest you test the waters by accessorizing with orchid. Now that much of the country is engulfed in arctic like weather, a bit of orchid may be what we need to keep our spirits lifted as we trudge through snow, feeling the sting of icy wind against our faces.

I wish you a Happy 2014, and may radiant orchid comfort you and keep you healthy this year.

Ushering in orchid

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