Monday, January 13, 2014

COLOR INSPIRATION: radiant orchid - pantone color of the year

If you keep up with the design and printing world, you have probably already heard that Pantone’s 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid. If you’re not familiar with this annual-global-trendsetting event, here’s a brief overview. Pantone is the industry leader in color science - you may be familiar with the Pantone Matching System (PMS colors) or have seen the Pantone color wheels or color chips. The system allows designers to match colors regardless of the printing system and also carries over into paint, fabric and other industries.

So without further ado, here’s the beautiful Radiant Orchid.

“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.”

I did a quick search and Pinterest and the Internet are already bursting with Radiant Orchid ideas and inspiration. Here’s a small sampling.

Look for Radiant Orchid to inspire us all in 2014. Apparently it has already made a splash in the fashion world, showing up on the runways and no doubt will be showing up in clothing and accessories in stores throughout the year. I also saw loads of purple hue nail polish and make up while perusing Pinterest.

Are any of you interior decorators? What do you think about Radiant Orchid for the home. Will it have an impact on the d├ęcor world this year? I’m not sure how I feel about a whole room of purple but I can see how a splash of Radiant Orchid in a neutral room could make an impact. Painting furniture in pretty colors has been such a trend around the blogging world, is your next roadside rescue going to be transformed with purple milk paint. I can’t wait to see.

I combed through my archives to see if I had used purple in my projects in the past and found only a handful. We’ll see if Radiant Orchid influences me in 2014.

Pantone Radiant Orchid Inspiration via homework |

Pantone Radiant Orchid Inspiration via homework |

Pantone Radiant Orchid Inspiration via homework |
Happy Radiant Orchid!
Thanks for visiting my little corner of the creative world.

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