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Radiant Orchid

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Radiant Orchid has been announced the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2014 claiming: “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” Now, I have to admit, it is not my favourite colour. It does not have the strong, bold presence that emerald green, tangerine tango, and honeysuckle have had over the past years. It’s a pale, Easter egg purple that goes will with mint green, pallid yellow, and pepto bismol pink. Seriously though, who wants pale nursery colours at their next event?

Unfortunately, the answer will be (much to my chagrin): everyone. It’s the hot new look. Anyone who follows fashion, home décor, or any blogs that have the word “trend” in them will know that this is the new party colour. So I suspect that we, as designers, will be forced to use Radiant Orchid in at least one of our designs for 2014.

So what does Radiant Orchid have going for it? Orchids. That’s right. Let’s fill the room with orchids. And succulents. Succulents are beautiful because most of them have that frosty green look to them, with a hint of purple along their leaves. They have a variety of finishes, adding texture to any centerpiece created with them in mind.

Let’s start at the beginning. Picture a clean, blank slate of a venue for your event. How about the Palais Royale? It’s got an elegant look to it, and the venue’s natural neutrals will work well with Radiant Orchid.

The beautiful art deco front doors will be framed with two huge bouquets created in antiqued silver urns that are at least three feet high. The arrangement will continue on another two feet, creating a large, dramatic entrance piece of huge phaleonopsis orchid blooms and dramatic draping succulents. The parlour will be lined with a living wall: large, ornate white frames will hang from the ceiling at different heights and levels, filled with mosses, succulents, and a variety of orchids.

Tufted sterling pewter sofas will pepper the reception space. White side tables will be topped with silver mercury glass votives, glowing from within. Long, thin centerpieces created with smaller dendrobium orchids will dot the in-house bars.

Tables will be covered in an elegant white on white paisley tablecloth. I suggest long, communal tables since that’s the “in” thing these days. Centrepieces will continue the florals in the same long and lean manner of the bar topped arrangements, but these are so dense that you cannot see the container they fit within. Tall mercury urns dot the tables at a variety of heights. Votives are sprinkled throughout it all. And the final touch? The picture frames will continue into the room, with a variety of empty frames hung as a ceiling piece over the length of each table, bringing height and levels into the room.

Now, stop what you are doing. Take a moment to look around. Appreciate all of the hard work that went into your design. Take photographs. Accept compliments graciously. And revel in another design well done. See, Radiant Orchid isn’t so bad after all, is it?

(P.S. In researching this idea, I created a pinterest board. Check out my reference photos here:

Elizabeth Nutting

Elizabeth Nutting

Elizabeth discovers inspiration in some of the most unusual places, and often feels an inexplicable compulsion to share that spark of an idea with the world. So go ahead and bring that idea to your next brainstorming meeting – that is what it’s there for, after all. Want to get in touch with Elizabeth? Contact her at Production Canada.
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