Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

radiant orchid_featureSo long Emerald, we still love you Tangerine Tango, but make way for Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014, Radiant Orchid. This luscious fuschia with undertones of purple is both feminine and bold, The upsurge in the usage of this vibrant hue — in the worlds of fashion, lifestyle and design — is already going strong.

use radiant orchid in a room(Touches of Radiant Orchid in sheer curtains tie into the color scheme of the accent furniture. The color constrasts well with the neutral cool grey tone rug and pure white walls allow the color to pop in the room. Try other neutrals as well such as taupe.)

The experts at Pantone recommend pairing it with complements of olive and deeper hunter greens, turquoise, teal and even light yellows. For more adventurous decorators, try an accent wall, or even the ceiling, painted in this vibrant, assertive color. 

browns and pinkns(Browns and pinks offer even more choices for Radiant Orchid pairings.)

“Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. “It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. Hear Leatrice discuss the link between color and business success on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance” here.

 The fashion world quickly embraced Radiant Orchid incorporating it in everything from nail and makeup colors to accessories and jewelry. It’s the perfect entree into getting to know the color without making a big commitment.

radiant orchid collage

Pinterest is already chock full of boards showing unique ways to display a love of Radiant Orchid including food and even hairstyles (the color can be applied as ombre highlights over blondes, or used as the ever-popular bayalage with brunettes, or mix and match.)

Although it’s being embraced by the fashion and design communities, many consumers are on the fence about this years hue of the moment. Let us know your opinion and leave a comment  below.

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