Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid


Pantone has announced their Color of the Year for 2014, and it’s getting a mixed response so far. A vibrant color with pink, purple, and fuschia undertones, Radiant Orchid (also known as Pantone 18-3224) follows Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango, and Honeysuckle as the color authority’s hottest hue. According to Pantone, the color complements olive and deeper hunter greens, works well with turquoise, teal, and light yellows, and can be used to liven-up neutrals. They suggest designers incorporate the purple in paint, accent pieces, and accessories.

Below are some new accessories, furnishings, and building products that are using the hue in some way. I have to say that I’m a fan — though a little goes a long way. What do you think?

Top (left to right: The Plum wall plate from Legrand’s adorne collection (shown with Wave switch); Kente glass mosaic tiles designed by Erin Adams for New Ravenna Mosaics; Bardelli’s Tuli-Art collection designed by Ronald Van der Hilst contains 96 handmade 8” x8” ceramic tiles to make one 64” x 96” decorative ceramic panel; the Turner digitally-printed polyurethane upholstery fabric in the Irma Boom collection for KnollTextiles. Bottom row (left to right): MUC ceramic tables from Avenue Road, Torii chair designed by Noé Duchafour Lawrance for Ligne Roset, Rose Quartz in the Prexury collection of semi-precious stone from Cosentino; Bedside Luxe Carafe from Niche Modern.


All images courtesy of the manufacturer. Collage created by Rita Catinella Orrell.



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