Pantone Picks Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year



Carlstadt, N.J.–based Pantone Color Institute has just announced its 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Pantone’s color No. 18-3224 “blooms with confidence and warmth” and is “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” according to the company.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, told the media this morning that while Emerald, last year’s choice, “served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.… Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality…inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.” 

Radiant Orchid appeared in the spring 2014 runway shows of Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture, and Yoana Baraschi for its “rosy undertones that radiate on the skin,” stated Pantone in a release. The color will be important to fine jewelers because they need to know how to help consumers wearing Radiant Orchidcolored clothes effectively color-block their jewelry and accessories.

Previous Colors of the Year:

PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)

PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)

PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)

PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)

PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)

PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)

PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)

PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)

PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)

PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)

PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)

PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)

PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)

PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)