Be inspired! The PANTONE color of the year 2014 is Radiant Orchid. While at last weeks Las Vegas Market, we discovered that this color is color is really everywhere! This playful hue is a mix of violet purples and fuchsia pinks. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the PANTONE Color Institute® says “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination”. Radiant Orchid is indeed quite the contrast from last year’s Emerald, but in turn is such a great color because it has so many possibilities. Stemming from the root of its name, this bright color draws hues from the purple Orchid flower. Like anything from nature, the Orchid is filled with different shades of colors that flow from its pedals. This color is a fun splash to the color pallet!


PANTONE is known globally for their expertise in color and setting color standards for all industries of design. The products and services PANTONE provides have been inspiring creative minds in design industries to utilize and incorporate all aspects of color. Every year at the PANTONE Color Institute®, passionate color experts study influences of human culture from all around the world. Influence is pulled from every aspect of our culture such as technology, fashion, entertainment, and even major sporting events. Determining the next year’s color inspiration takes nearly a year of compiling this research and discussion.


Radiant Orchid is described by PANTONE as “Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth”. I think this color is a fresh addition to the color pallet of design. Naturally, shades of Radiant Orchid and similar tones can be seen in many fashion lines this year. In design, this kind of color really stretches the imagination. Varying hues of this color can definitely be bright enough to make a statement but also be a subtle accent piece to add color without being overwhelming. Adding a few furniture pieces or accessories is an easy way to give a space a pop of color. A bold statement piece can give an empowering Paint an accent wall of Radiant Orchid, and a room can really be transformed! This color can be paired with several other pallets to compliment the hue.

I truly cannot believe that this color is back! I started my career in the 70’s immersed in Mauve tones and “Orchid”…well…you know what they say…‘If you live long enough…’


Check out the PANTONE website and explore all the inspiring products they offer here: Radiant Orchid Products  (There is even an adorable paint chip flash drive in Radiant Orchid and previous year’s colors!)

Read the full PANTONE Radiant Orchid press release here: Radiant Orchid 

As always, contact us at Colours, Inc. for all your design inspiration needs!

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Images: PANTONE; Schonbek; Howard Elliot; Surya; Jaipur Rugs; PolArt

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