Monthly Archives: December 2013

What’s so great about Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid?

Pantone made its big announcement today that its 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid.

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What’s so interesting about that?

Most interior designers and bloggers are not that excited about it. Of course, a few are, but really, when was the last time you walked into a house with a lavender living room? The most I see is an occasional bedroom (it would be lovely in a master bedroom and I have a similar color in my daughter’s bedroom).

From a fashion standpoint, the color makes more sense as it can enliven your wardrobe with a punch of color and it works well with both silver and gold accents!

What I notice is that it’s the first time in several years that a color with a hint of grey in it (a “dirty” or “earthy” color) has been used.

Granted, it’s not SUPER earthy, but it is definitely a bit toned down as well as lighter than the past few years’ worth of super bright colors, which you could totally pair together, while Radiant Orchid would look out of place!

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So to me, that signals that even though this pretty lavender color still works with the “it” neutral grey,

it is a first step back toward the earth tones that will eventually bring back beiges and browns again!

In fact, it might be just the thing to update your espresso brown leather sofa!

What do you think? Will this be the beginning of the end for GREY????