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And the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is…

January 22nd, 2014

Radiant Orchid!

Whether you love it or hate it, it is here.  I’ve heard people gasp, “Oh my, it’s the color of Barney” or other people who have embraced it.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® had this to say, “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.  An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.  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.”

Purple tones have been a huge trend in weddings for the past few years, especially in 2010 – 2011.  But this orchid color is definitely different – it’s not eggplant, it’s not regal purple and it’s not lavender.  It is a very warm tone of purple that will bring freshness to the color palette for spring.  I think this color plays well with the warm blush tones that are so popular right now because of the pink undertones.  This color would fit in well with the vintage palettes currently in vogue.

Be Ready to embrace the orchid palette, I think this one will be around for a while!


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