Every year a brand new trendy colour is selected across the board to represent what’s hip and happening in the world of fashion, beauty, and design. This year’s coveted hue may surprise you.
"While the 2013 colour of the year (PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald) served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224) reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. A myriad of purple, pink, and fuchsia, Radiant Orchid piques love, health, confidence, and most importantly, joy.
Expect to see Radiant Orchid throughout the design world this year in various forms — fabrics gracing the runways in spring and summer collections, eye shadow, lipstick, and nail lacquer palettes, and especially as accent colours and features for interior paint finishes and accessories.
Jumping on the Radiant Orchid bandwagon might seem a little intimidating at first, but certain colour combinations will help ease the shade into a variety of schemes, according to Eiseman.
"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." And if you’re thinking of incorporating the trendy colour into existing residential schemes, but not sure how it flows with more subtle and subdued shades, Eiseman offers up reassurance to any design aficionado leery of the cheerful and rosy tone. "Likewise, the vibrant colour is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces."
So there you have it. Pantone’s Colour Of The Year for 2014. If you’ve successfully used this charming shade in your own spaces — past or present — I would love to see a few pictures. Send along via my website and watch for a future update on Radiant Orchid throughout the year.