Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

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Global color authority Pantone recently announced Radiant Orchid #18-3224 as Color of the Year 2014. Laying last year’s winner Emerald to rest, Radiant Orchid skips across the color wheel this year from the greens to the purples.

Pantone Radiant Orchid Paint ChipOften described as “magical”, “romantic”, “tender”, “exotic” and “charming”, orchid is also associated with ingenuity. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says of Radiant Orchid, it “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.”

While Radiant Orchid is a beautiful color, it is quite feminine and probably not one to garner wide appeal to the general masses. Unlike 2012’s hit Tangerine Tango, I wouldn’t expect to see the design market overly bathed in hues of orchid. Rather, touches of this intense color as within schemes, such as chairs, pillows, rugs, or painted feature walls will be more likely. However, a few bold designers have more readily embraced this deep, sensual color in full force. Check out a few favorites:

 

via Lisa Mende Design. Benjamin Moore "Mulberry" paint. Design by Lindsey Coral Harper.

via Lisa Mende Design. Benjamin Moore “Mulberry” paint. Design by Lindsey Coral Harper.

"Woods" Wallcovering by Cole & Sons

“Woods” Wallcovering by Cole & Sons

via Von Fitz Design

via Von Fitz Design

"Carmelina Rug" by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company

“Carmelina Rug” by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company

via apartmenttherapy.com_Design by Skona Hem

via apartmenttherapy.com_Design by Skona Hem

via louisebody.com. "Pavilion Birds" wallpaper.

via louisebody.com. “Pavilion Birds” wallpaper.

"Peacock Chair" by Dror for Cappellini

“Peacock Chair” by Dror for Cappellini

via alwaysunusualdesigns.com

via alwaysunusualdesigns.com

 

via purodeco.com

via purodeco.com

via thedecorlounge.com

via thedecorlounge.com

via primefurnishing.co.uk

via primefurnishing.co.uk

via Nicki Papadopoulos Interiors. Photo by Sarah Dorio.

via Nicki Papadopoulos Interiors. Photo by Sarah Dorio.

"Baikiri Armchair" by Brabbu

“Baikiri Armchair” by Brabbu

via Amanda Nisbet Design

via Amanda Nisbet Design

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