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Radiant Orchid is Pantone's color of 2014

by Linda Miller Modified: December 5, 2013 at 10:45 am •  Published: December 5, 2013
Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid.  (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)
Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid. (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)
Move over emerald green and orange. Next year’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid, described as a captivating,magical, enigmatic purple.

“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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “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.”

In fashion: Pantone says the color’s rosy undertones produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. The color was all over the runways during the 2014 spring  fashion shows in September. Look for orchid in men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories.

In beauty:  Considered a versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin and is said to offer a healthy and energetic feeling. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. The hue is sexy and sophisticated when combined with red, and it  pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Expect to see plenty of orchid nail polish, too.

In interiors: Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating orchid in paint, accent pieces and accessories. The color complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. It also livens up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.


by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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