Pantone Reveals its 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid!

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year, Image Source designtaxi.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year, Image Source: designtaxi.com

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?

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year Moodboard, Image Source pantone.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year Moodboard, Image Source: pantone.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year, Image Source designtaxi.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year, Image Source: designtaxi.com

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)

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year: Amethyst Cluster - Photograph by Iliuta Goean, Image Source shutterstock.com

Amethyst Cluster – Photograph by Iliuta Goean, Image Source: shutterstock.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid - Image Source julianacaldeira.tumblr.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid, Image Source: julianacaldeira.tumblr.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year: Marble Stone - Photogragh  by MongPro, Image Source shutterstock.com

Marble Stone – Photograph by MongPro, Image Source: shutterstock.com

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…

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year "Radiant Orchid", Image Source  apartmenttherapy.com

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid, Image Source: apartmenttherapy.com

 Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year

Pantone 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid, Image Source: cabinet-bidouilles.over-blog.fr

So dear readers, what do you make of the Radiant Orchid? Is it a “yay” or a “nay” for this colour?

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