Global color authority, Pantone, just announced that Radiant Orchid is their 2014 Color of the Year. Wonder how they made the choice?
“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.
Pantone describes its pick for 2014 as ”a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” This color works well with mint greens like you see below:
Or with both light and dark blues:
designer Alexandria Doherty, photo by Francesco Lagnese via House Beautiful
For a wall color, you would want to gray down this color to make it livable for most spaces. Some of my favorite gray-lavenders include Benjamin Moore’s Iced Mauve 2115-50:
If you use a grayed-down version of purple on your walls, you can use more vivid versions of purple (or other accent colors) in your fabrics and accessories. What do you think of Pantone‘s choice for 2014 Color of the Year? Stay tuned as I will soon be sharing with you my own forecast for the best on-trend paint colors for 2014 – which will be featured in a decorating magazine in the spring!