What, When, Where: Purple Passions

We’ve been getting lots of emails and press releases recently featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014, Radiant Orchid.

Ann Sacks and Baker sent out a color-keyed selection from their collections just this past Friday, featuring that pinky-plummy shade of purple.

Duralee did likewise last month.

Duralee even has a Radiant Orchid board on Pinterest.

And, you can be sure, they have plenty of company elsewhere on the site—do a quick search and you’ll see.

Both New York magazine and Seventeen have published product stories focusing on the color—how often do those two agree on a subject?

Image from seventeen.com

Image from nymag.com

We weren’t totally surprised at the choice of hue: looking back at the past year, New England designers have been keen on colors that look suspiciously close to Radiant Orchid, as well as its bluer and more lavender cousins.

A Boston home office by designer Jean Verbridge.
Photo by Bruce Buck. Click to see more of this home.

A bedroom in Newport by Dennis Duffy.
Photo by Sam Gray. Click to see more of this home.

Kristine Mullaney created this dining room in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Photo by Michael J. Lee. Click to see more of this home.

Here’s another dining room, by Gerald Pomeroy.
Photo by Bruce Buck. Click to see more of this home.

And one more dining room, decorated by John Day and Jayme Kennerknecht of LDa Architecture & Interiors.
Photo by Keller + Keller. Click to see more of this home.

This Cambridge bedroom is the work of designer Amanda Reid.
Photo by Ben Gebo. Click to see more of this home.

So be on the lookout now for designs hinting at the next Color of the Year. What do you think it might be?


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