18-3224 Radiant Orchid: Pantone Color of the Year 2014
Pantone has recently announced their selection for 2014’s Color of the Year: PANTONE 18-3224, or better known as Radiant Orchid. Out with the 2013’s emerald, in with the purple. Pantone says Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality”.
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.
Pantone, The color company, has a good knack for predicting trends. They dedicate research the year prior, combing the world for influences in order to land on a hue that they believe will make an impact on the year to come.
Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.
In cosmetics, blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.
This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options.
For interiors, Radiant Orchid can spruce up spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
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The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences.
This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.