Pantone shakes up the interiors industry every 12 months when it releases its much-anticipated ‘Colour of the Year’.
Since 2000, the Pantone Colour Institute has been designating a Colour of the Year to express in colour what is taking place in the global zeitgeist; a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that colour can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion colour of the moment, but a colour crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood and an attitude, on the part of the consumers.
This year, ‘Radiant Orchid’ took out the top spot for 2014. The vivid, deep purple is fresh, fun and youthful and can be everything from sultry jewel tones to soft pastels. Nature often references Radiant Orchid, from sunsets to florals and lots in between. Executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, says Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creatvitiy and originality, and is an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. Eiseman says it “draws you in with its beguiling charm”.
Radiant Orchid pairs perfectly with teal, navy and grey or keep it fresh by combining it with plenty of white. It reenergises almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.
Why not try an oversize watercolour painting with swirls or teal or a few velvet throw cushions in orchid? Or of course, if you’re brave enough, try painting a wall or two in Pantone’s newest colour of the year.
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