Color Of The Year

Color Of The Year

Get Ready for Radiant Orchid…….The color of the year! Pantone, the global authority on color,  has revealed it’s color of the year for 2014.  Radiant Orchid  is a warm, captivating, and engimatic purple. I’m totally onboard!!

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone color institute, “Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. It is an enchanting harmony of fuschia, purple, and pink undertones.  Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with it’s beguiling charm.”

We’ve already started seeing this color in fashion all the way from the red carpet to exercise and fitness.


Image: Pantone




My Running shoes….no, not on purpose.  Little did I know when I purchased them in December they were right on track with the color of the year.  What I do know is that I need bright colors to motivate me to get to the gym at 5:30am




Radiant Orchid is influencing interiors as well.  You can incorporate this jazzy, joyful color to interior spaces through paint, accent pieces, bedding, and accessories.  Radiant orchid complements hunter and olive greens, and offers a stunning combination when teamed with Melon, turquoise, teal and light yellow.  It also livens up our go to neutrals including gray, taupe, and beige. Bold and uplifting, yet not overpowering, Radiant Orchid energizes almost any color palette with a punchy yet soothing touch of warmth.


Image: Pantone

If you’re wondering how can there be just one color of the year, and who determines this? Well, here is a little more information you may find interesting.  The color of the  year selection requires careful consideration by The Pantone Color Institute. They comb the world looking for color influences.  This can include the entertainment industry, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions.  Influences can also come from technology and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

I’m excited to see where this jazzy color continues to show up this year!

Have a great day!  Michelle

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