Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

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Ironhorse at Tramonto Apartments in Phoenix, AZ

We’ve been (not so patiently) waiting for this day. Pantone, the world’s authority on all things color, just announced their pick for next year’s “it” color: Radiant Orchid.

In laymen’s terms, it’s basically a hybrid of pink and purple. And even though it’s a bit early to even think about spring and summer, this color will be the perfect complement for your seasonal decor in a few months.

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Decking out your apartment with this vibrant color could work wonders for your mood, especially if you’re feeling blue this holiday season. Did you know that, when surrounded by certain colors, it can ultimately and positively impact your attitude?

Effects of the color purple: It calms the mind, uplifts your mood and encourages creativity.

Purple in pop culture: You might remember a little tune called “Purple Rain” by Prince.

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Grand Highlands at Mountain Brook Apartments in Vestavia, AL

Effects of the color pink: Increases in pulse rate and heartbeat are both common affects of being surrounded by this happy color.

Pink in pop culture: “Pink Cadillac” by Bruce Springsteen and of course another hit by Prince: “Pink Cashmere”. (Sounds like Prince had a slight obsession with pink and purple, no?)

Decorating with Pantone’s Radiant Orchid doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If pinkish purple walls are not your thing, don’t despair. Small accessories will still pack a powerful pink and purple punch.

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340 3rd Street Apartments in Jersey City, NJ

Throw blankets and pillows are an easy way to add color when you aren’t ready to fully commit to such a lively hue.

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Gables Ponce Apartments in Miami, FL

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The Millennium at Metropolitan Park Apartments in Arlington, VA

And don’t forget: there are tons of other accessories you can use to play around with color in your apartment — area rugs, table lamps, wall art, candles, window treatments, vases and floral arrangements.

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Bridle Creek Apartments in Lexington, KY

What do you think about Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year? Are you tickled pink?

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