And the Winning Color of the Year is….Radiant Orchid

Pantone color 2014 color of the yearFor those of you who don’t know, Pantone is the global leader that provides a system by which to match color across different industries. Every year a Pantone panel selects the color of the year.  Emerald green is 2013’s color of the year. Pantone’s selection for 2014 is Radiant Orchid.

Pantone describes it as, “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.”

For interiors Pantone says, it’s “as adaptable as it is beautiful” and “complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.”

The selection for color of the year, Radiant Orchid is warm and engaging but it does have some cultural implications which limit it’s commercial applications. This mauve like color is better equipped for nail polish rather than a man’s blazer. However, the important question is, how does the 2014 color of the year translate to interior design. Let’s look at some of the ways Radiant Orchid or a semblance can be used.

Of course the easiest way to accommodate Radiant Orchid is to utilize the color as decor accents.  Integrate cushions, area rugs, drapery,vases and other decorative accessories and see how that livens any space.

The 2014 Pantone runner ups include pastels and two neutrals.  By the way, a neutral color had not been selected color of the year since 2006.

Pantone's Top Color picks for 2014

Pantone’s Top Color picks for 2014

In case your interested, below are previous years’ Pantone selections. If you’re looking for a pattern to emerge, there simply isn’t one.  Too bad, I was hoping for cobalt blue.

Pantone's previous years color selections

Pantone’s previous years color selections

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