More sophisticated than rich purple (which can feel a bit too Prince) and definitely more elegant than full-on pink, Radiant Orchid combines what you love about both shades in a more subdued and intriguing package. "An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute about their choice for the 2014 Color of the Year. "Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, this captivating purple encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society."
Compared to this year's choice, Emerald - below with 2012's Tangerine Tango & 2011's Honeysuckle - Radiant Orchid is a universally-flattering shade that I think accurately represents the contemplative mood so many of us seem to be in as we prepare to welcome a new year.
In home decor, expect to see a lot of it used on walls; as accents with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink; to liven up neutrals such as taupe, beige and gray; or for more vibrant visual appeal contrasted with pale yellow, turquoise and vibrant teal. In fashion, it looks lovely with greens such as olive and rich hunter. And for beauty, as blush it's a no-brainer, but also looks gorgeous on nails.
Here is a video of Eiseman discussing 2014's Radiant Orchid. Enjoy!
- Lesley Scott