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Add Pantone 'Radiant Orchid' to your decor with fabric and furnishings

Whether you call it 'Radiant Orchid', fuschia or purple, this is your color of the year from Pantone for 2014. Here are a variety of swatches from u-fab.com in various hues, patterns and weights.
Whether you call it 'Radiant Orchid', fuschia or purple, this is your color of the year from Pantone for 2014. Here are a variety of swatches from u-fab.com in various hues, patterns and weights.Courtesy of u-fab, Andrea Campbell, Wallpops, drsandassociates

Pantone just announced their coveted color for the coming year. What is Pantone? It is the "world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries". For the past couple years, this has been the color that sets the bar for all things fashion and home decor in the year to come. The 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid—a shade of purple with pink and fuchsia undertones.

Fabric swatch collection from u-fab.com in 'Radiant Orchid'--order your own
Fabric swatch collection from u-fab.com in 'Radiant Orchid'--order your ownCourtesy of u-fab.com

Here are some ways to add this regal hue to your home.

1. Create new throw pillows from fabric.
Nothing is easier than getting some swatches of fabric and running a couple seams on the sewing machine. You can create unique sizes and add a variety of trims like fringe, tassles, bullion, or cording.

2. Reupholster a favorite chair
An abstract pattern can fit into a lot of different styles of décor. Choose a heavier weight fabric because of its high use. Order samples and live with them for a while first if you are hesitant in choosing.

3. Look up for color
A regular-to-heavier weight fabric in a radiant color can add pizzazz to any room. Window coverings or simple stationary roman shades are easy to make. If you are unsure about too much pattern, try the radiant orchid pattern on just a cornice board over a simple colored drape.

4. Add a simple double-side throw
Put two favorite fabrics back-to-back for a beautiful throw for a chair or bed. When you back one fabric with a different fabric, you are getting the benefits of two throws simply by turning it over. Be brave and don’t be afraid to mix patterns: if they are in a similar hue, just add a stripe with a small print, a large print with a medium-sized plaid or a floral backed by a check.

Take a look at the photos and slide-show for inspiration.