Pantone Color of the Year 2014

I’ve been avoiding writing about the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid 18-3224 because most people don’t like it.

So I’ve been asking myself how did Pantone miss the boat on this color? The 2013 COTY, Emerald, was a smash hit. People were racing to create whole Pinterest Pages around the color. It’s January and I can’t find a single person excited about the color. Radiant Orchid must have some great applications.

Pantone describes the color 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.”


I guess you can pull this color off if you are a rock star…

…or the daughter of one.

I just don’t think this color will survive past the 2014 spring lines so I wouldn’t make a large wardrobe investment in this color even if Pantone says it looks great against the skin for men and women. I might splurge for a mani like this one though.


The Wedding industry seems to love this color and why wouldn’t they – Orchids are great bridal flowers.

The color is seductive when paired with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink giving wedding planners and stylists opportunities to create romantic makeup, colorful accessories, and vibrant tablescapes.


It’s never good to be too trendy with your decorating choices. If you choose to decorate with Radiant Orchid it’s best as an accent or used in a lighter shade with lots of neutrals for larger scale items.

This is my favorite photo for Radiant Orchid in the home. I like how the art pops against the neutral room.

How would you use Radiant Orchid in your home?

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