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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


2014 Color of the Year

Unless you went to art school or work as a decorator or designer, you probably have never heard of Pantone, but Pantone is the leading authority and provider of professional color standards for design industries and manufacturers around the world. Through their Color Institute they study how color influences us—our thoughts, our emotions, and our physical reactions—especially when it comes to our shopping habits.

Each year Pantone announces their Color of the Year. In coming up with their selection they scour the world looking for color influences. They take into account the entertainment industry, traveling art collections, up-and-coming artists, movies in production, technology, popular travel destinations, socio-economics, and even upcoming sporting events that will capture the world’s attention.

When Pantone talks, designers and manufacturers around the world listen. Their yearly choice influences product development decisions in fashion, home d├ęcor, industrial design, packaging, graphics, and more.

The color they’ve chosen as the Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Does that mean we’ll be seeing orchid automobiles? Doubtful. But we will be seeing Radiant Orchid cropping up in many other areas. The color was prevalent during the spring 2013 fashion shows and is starting to pop up on the red carpet as awards show season begins.

We’ll also start seeing more and more Radiant Orchid in decorating schemes as an accent color played against neutrals, complementing olive and hunter greens, and paired with turquoise, teal and light yellows.

So what do you think? Will you be influenced by Radiant Orchid? Will it find a place in your wardrobe or home?


Beaj said...

Gorgeous colour. Not sure if I could wear it or use it for an accent colour. Maybe just an orchid would work..:)

Cover Reveals said...

Love it! I could definitely see it as accents in clothing and decor. Not seeing it as a full dress or skirt, but a blouse or T-shirt? I'd wear it.


I'm totally devoid of green thumbs, Beaj. I'd kill an orchid within days.

Cover Reveals, I'm with you. I can see it as an accent color but definitely not a dress or wall color.