Radiant Orchid – Color of 2014



It’s 2014, also known as the year of Radiant Orchid!  Or at least it is according to Pantone which has recently revealed this purple-pink color as their color for 2014.  Never heard of Pantone color of the year?  Well Pantone Inc., which is considered the “authority on color” has been selecting one lucky color every year that soon tends to appear everywhere from fashion, to household items, to even automobiles.  From celebrities on the red carpet and models on the runway, to paint swatches in your local hardware store, this color is everywhere.  You know the mint and emerald green that has been seen everywhere this past year? Well that is thanks to Pantones Color of the Year 2013, Emerald.

How does the color make the cut?

So how does one decide what color everyone will be wearing or what color will be the most popular decorative pillow color for this year?  A super-secret meeting in Europe of course!  No really, that is how they decide.  First they interview top designers, and professionals in every type of industry.  Then based on their feedback Pantone meets in a capital in Europe that changes every year and pick the color.  They decide this an entire year in advance so even though they’ve introduce Radiant Orchid recently, they’re already deciding what you will be wearing next year.

Color swatches

Get your hands on Radiant Orchid!

There are plenty of ways to start sporting this color.  Beginning in 2012 Sephora has been creating Sephora Pantone Universe Collection starting in 2012 with the Tangerine Tango color.  The makeup line makes this color wearable for eyes, to nails and everywhere in between and it’s the perfect accessory to any look especially in the coming summer months.  This color also can be used to add that perfect pop of color to any wall or sofa.  Adding it to any room will give the room an inviting and embracing appeal and the perfect girlish touch.  If you want to add some flare to your morning brew, Keurig has now added this color coffee maker to their lineup.

Keep your eyes peeled through the coming months and you’ll see just how prevalent this color will be!


Need some ideas how to dress up your room with Radiant Orchid for 2014?  Here are some perfect decorative pillows and wall art that feature this color!

Radiant Orchid Peacock Pillow         Radiant Orchid Floral Wall Art       Radiant Orchid Owl Pillow

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The Right Kind of Blue – Turquoise!


Spring is here and it’s just a matter of time before your summer vacation or trip to the shore! There is nothing quite like the color of the ocean seen offshore of a tropical destination, so why not bring it home with you? A combination of blue and just a small amount of yellow, turquoise has the cool & calming qualities of blue along with the uplifting energy of yellow. Whether it’s on your nails, keychain or residence hall… adding a touch of turquoise will bring summer that much sooner!

Is your favorite color turquoise? Here are some fun facts: Those who enjoy sporting the color are known to be friendly, compassionate, and easy to communicate with. You are self-sufficient, have a good self-esteem and have a strong power of perception when it comes to weighing pros and cons.

Variations of the color turquoise include aqua, mint, aquamarine, and teal; all of which can be found at OCM.com, with just a taste here!

Alarm Clocks in Turquoise

Bai Design – Cubist Retro Modern Wall Clock  |  ILUV Blue Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker for IPOD   |  Bai Design – Pick-Me-Up Alarm Clock 

Bedding in Turquoise

Maison Leaves College Classic Extra-Long Comforter  |  Aqua College Classic Extra-Long 3-Piece Sheet Set 

Room & Décor in Turquoise

Gem Pillow in Turquoise  |  Yogi Cube Turquoise  |  Tablo Turquoise  |  Yogi Support Turquoise  |  Shagalicious Back Rest and Study Pillow in Aqua  |  Aqua Geo 5 x 7 Area Rug  |  Expressive Storage Laundry Bag  |  Rain Medium Bath Caddy in Turquoise


Wall Canvases in Turquoise

Blue Pier Easy Hang Wall Canvas |  Definition of Dance Easy Hang Wall Canvas  |  Cupcakes Easy Hang Wall Canvas 

Art in Turquoise

Almond Blosson (Lamina Framed Poster)  |  Ke$ha Graphic Music Poster Print  |  John Lennon (People for Peace) Music Poster Print  |  The Big Bang Theory – Soft Kitty TV Poster  |  Paris Romance (Couple Kissing, Eiffel Tower) Art Poster Print  |  Wave Rider (Lamina Framed Poster)

City Prints in Turquoise, As Shown

University of North Carolina Wilmington Map Art  |  The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Map Art 


What’s Trending: Color Palettes for 2014


With much of the country’s cold weather subsiding to make way for sunshine, many of us have shopping on our minds. We’re excitedly looking ahead to upcoming seasons, which leave us to wonder about what styles and hues we can excitedly anticipate for 2014. Below is a breakdown of four fashion trends that are destined to make a strong presence in the upcoming seasons, and ways to incorporate them into your dorm and wardrobe.



Want to stand out amongst the crowd? For a textile that can aptly reflect your bold personality unlike any others, look to metallic. Adding accents of this shimmery material to your wardrobe can make any daytime outfit pop. Whether it’s with scarves, shoes, headbands, belts or a bedazzled cuff bracelet, try mixing this dynamic pattern with springy pastels to create a fresh, sunny ensemble. For nighttime, contrast the metallic with darker, richer hues like oxblood, black, plum or jade. Go for larger pieces like a skirt, bolero jacket or dress to make sure you make a statement that really stands out!

Of course, metallic detailing can jazz up your dorm room as well. Stylish items like decorative pillows, wall hangings and candle holders can create a modern, voguish atmosphere. If you are looking to add pops of metallic into your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to take risks and, if you dare, challenge yourself to a DIY project involving some silver or gold spray paint and a stencil.

Radiant Orchid

orchidIf you are really looking to champion the season’s most celebrated color trend, look no further than Radiant Orchid. This tint of purple is the perfect balance between sophistication and adventure, always adding a sense of vivacity when paired with other colors. Incorporate a touch of radiant orchid into your dorm room this season, and say bye to the drab blues of winter with bright and exciting orchid hues. Need somewhere to start? This floral wall art purple print poster from our extensive art collection is the perfect option!

To incorporate it into your wardrobe, consider adding radiant orchid touches with your choice in manicure, clutch purse or shoes. Plus, ladies with brown or green eyes can make their peepers truly dazzle by featuring this trendy color with their eye shadow.


pastelsWhen the weather begins to finally transition from cold to warm, it is time to ditch the dark, drab colors and start introducing brighter colors into your life. And nothing says, “Bye-bye, black” better than pastels. Light, almost powdery shades of blue, pink, green, and yellow have made a splash in the fashion scene, and don’t show any signs of slowing down for the spring. These colors are versatile in that they can be used as a neutral color to springboard other vibrant color off of, or as statement colors balanced out with white or black. Pastels are playful, classy, and perfect both fashion and decor style. To add some soft tints to your attire, why not rock a feminine but professional light blue, mint or peach blazer? Blazers have been hitting the fashion scene since the 80’s, and yes, even the shoulder pads are making a come back. You can find stylish blazers for great prices from anywhere like amazon.com to lookbookstore.com.

Pastel dorm items are the perfect way to welcome sunniness into your room; for example, this aqua area rug brightens the space while adding some extra lush comfort beneath your flip flop feet!

Black and White


Two of the most contradictory colors in the spectrum have always had a history of being the perfect partners in crime. Recently, black and white has made a strong re-appearance in the fashion scene, both in personal style and home decor. You can use just these two colors to make a bold statement, or use them as a color-neutral backdrop for other brighter hues. Whether you sport the combination with a pants suit, checkered dress, striped tee or polka dotted jeans, this unapologetic color scheme will look modern, classy and streamlined.

We at OCM love the black and white trend, just look at our Room and Decor selection and you’ll see why! Check out the little black dress jewelry organizer and our black and white frames wall decals for some fun inspiration!

Maintaining a firm grasp on the seasons’ trends shouldn’t be stressful. With the right color palette at your fingertips, you can transform your closet and room decor into a forward-thinking, stylish delight!