2014’s Color of the Year

radiant orchidThe global color experts from Pantone have unveiled their color of the year for 2014 and it’s radiant – Radiant Orchid, to be exact. A “captivating and enigmatic purple,” it lives up to the hype.

 

So why was this color – one shade among endless possibilities – chosen to receive the honor?

 

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, 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 its beguiling charm.”

 

The fashion industry is always first to embrace the color of the year, so expect to see the magical purple gracing fashions for spring. And you can bet the interior design industry will be quick to follow with new upholstery choices. But you don’t have to wait. Be among the first to grab this trend by painting a wall in the bold hue. You can also find Radiant Orchid in accent pieces such as pillows, throws and decorative accessories inside Art’s Marketplace. Or go right to the source and use an orchid on your cocktail table or sideboard.

 

Incorporating it into your home is easy. Radiant Orchid gracefully complements green, including lime, olive and deep hunter. Imagine how a Radiant Orchid wall would add another dimension to our Burnside Collection Living Room, playfully teasing its lime green accents.

 

Radiant Orchid Living Room

 

Or use Radiant Orchid to liven up neutrals like gray, beige and taupe. Somewhat feminine, it feels toned down when combined with deeper tones of purple, such as eggplant or plum. It’s a natural accent color for our Riviera Collection, and could be used in a warm throw.

Radiant Orchid Riviera Collection

 

You could also use the color with vibrant shades like turquoise and teal. Imagine how a Radiant Orchid pillow or plant would pop against the blues in our Kelley Collection.
Radiant Orchid Kelley Collection

 

Radiant Orchid is definitely a breath of fresh air, much needed during this record-breaking winter. How and where will you use it?


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