Pantone LLC, the world-renowned authority on color, announced PANTONE 18-3224-Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014. For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
In contrast to 2013’s color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641-Emerald, “a lively, radiant and lush green, which signified growth, renewal and prosperity.” Radiant Orchid is described as, “a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. An intriguing hue that will spark the imagination, encourage expanded creativity and originality and emanates great joy, love and health.”
The hues of Radiant Orchid would complement many color schemes, but I think they would go best with gold, gray, blue and a neutral color palette. Personally, I would not paint an entire room Radiant Orchid, but bring it into a space as an accent, like a headboard, throw pillows, artwork or upholstery. It could also be used as a focal point if you have the space to execute a dramatic look.