Interior design experts say if you want your home to look happening in 2014 add pops of purple, focus on creating a sense of richness in a room, and work with natural textures.

Interior designer Shaynna Blaze says her personal favourite colours of the moment that she’s using in her home are rich jewel hues, such as deep purples, emeralds and jade.

The star of Selling Houses Australia and The Block says she expects home decorators to experiment with “confronting” hues this year.

“It excites me that we will be seeing people experimenting with this boldness to see how it works in their home,” Blaze says.

“The outcome of that will be interiors that create energy and happiness.”

With a new year comes new trends in home decorating and all indications point to pinky-purple as being the latest king of the colours.

Pantone, a global authority on colour, has selected Radiant Orchid as its colour of the year, replacing emerald, popular in 2013.

The US-based company, whose founder created a system for identifying and communicating colours to solve the problems associated with producing accurate colour matches in the graphic arts community, says the Radiant Orchid has a “confidence and magical warmth” and is a shade of purple that “draws you in with its beguiling charm”.

“A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health,” the New Jersey company says.

But purple for many home decorators is a love/hate relationship.

“Pantone’s new colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, has left me screwing up my nose a bit,” writes former journalist and magazine editor Jen Bishop on her blog Interiors Addict.

Blaze advises home decorators to add pops of colour to their room via, for example, vases, cushions, a painting or a luxurious chair or couch, rather than covering the walls with purple paint.

The designer also predicts there will be more paring back of multi layers of colours this year with a growing number of people working with simple palettes while still creating a sense of richness in a room.

Colours such as indigo, cobalt and rich peacock hues, which were popular in the later part of 2013, will continue to be favourites this year, Blaze says, “pushing the neon colours of 2012 further away”.

“The colours this year are deep in hue and are very grown-up and sophisticated, giving us a whole leap away from vintage themes that have been so big the past couple of years.”


Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. The vibrant colour will liven up neutrals, including grey, beige and taupe.

Radiant Orchid goes well with olive, deeper hunter greens, turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
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