Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
It’s that time of year again… and no, I don’t mean Christmas and the festive season, I mean that time of the year when PANTONE (the international Colour Authority) unveils its 2014 Colour of the Year, which is Pantone 18-3224: “Radiant Orchid”.
Radiant Orchid replaces “Emerald” green, which was their Colour of the Year 2013. This tone is an intriguing blend of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones which can “spark the imagination” – according to executive director of the PANTONE Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. You can hear what she has to say about this colour here:
Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year
It is a colour that also inspires “confidence” and “emanates great joy, love and health,” according to Leatrice. I don’t think I know of anyone who wouldn’t want to invoke some of these emotions within a space or in their person, do you?
Traditionally, purple tones are also tones that are considered very regal and communicative of great power and authority, being a colour that was worn by figures of the church and royalty.
The history of this association dates back to Roman times and when it was worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates, and later by Roman Catholic bishops.(wikipedia.org)
These days, purple is more of a colour for all people and indeed a colour for all seasons and all manner of spaces too, from bedrooms to living rooms to kitchens to hallways…
So dear readers, what do you make of the Radiant Orchid? Is it a “yay” or a “nay” for this colour?