Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid
Last week after having lunch with my friend, Pat, I stopped by Old Time Pottery in Foley, AL. I was on a mission to find an inexpensive wardrobe mirror that I could doctor and transform into something fabulous. Instead of a mirror, I fell in love with the color of some of their flowers, and brought home everything I would need to make a new Spring arrangement for my front doors.
Little did I know, I was choosing Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid. Quite honestly, I didn’t even know there was a “color of the year” until I read a fellow bloggers’ post about it. Well, I do now, and my front doors are looking so vibrant and cheery. I hope you’ll agree.
Here are the planters that I usually fill with live plants every year and hang on my front door. I bought them a few years ago at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival and they’ve been a favorite ever since. The front of the planters are made of old ceiling tiles and the body is solid wood.
Supplies for the project include:
- wire cutters
- floral wire
- ribbon maker kit (this is so much easier than trying to hold the ribbon in your hands).
- moving tape
- floral stems
- greenery filler
I taped three pieces of styrofoam together and placed them loosely in the planters. I do not want them to be permanently glued into place because I will change out this arrangement again in the summer.
I had an idea floating around in my head of what I wanted it to look like, but it is mostly trial and error. If I place a flower and then don’t like it, I keep working until I do. I began with the wide mesh ribbon to have something pretty to see from the back, since my front doors are glass. I used a darker purple ribbon than the flowers for a little contrast.
I love decorative grasses, so I started with these as a backdrop for the rest of the flowers.
And here is the finished project.
This may not be the exact color of Radiant Orchid, but it is close and I love having purple somewhere in my house. It wouldn’t work anywhere inside, except perhaps as place settings for my spring table. HUMMMM, I need to go shopping again.