Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

As a member of the News & Observer Design Team, I get the opportunity about once a year to share my thoughts about Pantone’s Color of the Year with other local designers.

I had some fun thinking about Radiant Orchid.  It’s one of those colors you need to stop and consider instead of dismiss.  I love it now.  Just ask my family.   If they hear me say “Radiant Orchid” one more time…

For those who are interested to know how/where to use Radiant Orchid, here’s the article that was published in the paper a couple of weeks ago.


Radiant Orchid
Radiant Orchid

12 thoughts on “Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year”

  1. I don’t know, I love colour, but I just can’t get on this one’s band wagon. Cool that you’re on the design team and share thoughts though! That must be fun conversation. Are other designers in love with Radiant Orchid?

    1. It took me when I first saw it. I couldn’t imagine how I would use it. It’s hard to miss and can be too much. But it’s a wonderful color to wear. Really compliments all skin tones. I also like it because it’s not quite fuschia. I can’t help but think of The Mod Squad. Maybe it will grow on you. I see it everywhere now. 🙂

      1. I see a lot of teens with pants that don’t stay up everywhere but I still don’t like it, lol! But I do think you’re right about orchid looking good in fashion. Ah the Mod Squad! You are right again!

  2. Not sure about that color. Didn’t love the official Pantone emerald green either. I really prefer less saturated, more neutral colors — anything by Farrow & Ball, despite their eye-watering prices — $95/gallon. Oy.

    1. I’m with you about Farrow & Ball. Absolutely, my favorite paint. I have definitely turned to more neutral colors, but I think there’s a place for these bold hues, too. 🙂

      1. Our apartment is F & B…Gervase yellow for living room and hallway and a great saturated mustard of theirs in the bathroom. Sherwin Williams’ Modern Gray in bedroom and dining room. It’s a great gray…soft but warm. The living room was a Chinese red for a few years. I love strong colors, but in small doses.

      2. I love yellows and grays together. Bet it looks beautiful. I chose Pale Hound for our old Foyer, New white for our Dining Room and Ball Green for the living room. Even brought a gallon of Pigeon Gray in the car from NJ to NC. These days…rely much more on Benjamin Moore. Fits my budget better. One of my favorite colors is Revere Pewter. It’s a taupe/gray and it’s wonderful with linen white. Are you a designer?

      3. Love yellow and gray! I keep the F & B chart handy at all times — I just love looking at it. We only have a one bedroom so it’s a little more manageable.

        I studied at the NY School of Interior Design in the 90s and hope to teach writing there this year. I planned to leave journalism and become an interior designer but wasn’t willing to start a whole new career from the bottom. I love reading, writing and doing design whenever possible. Glad I studied as intensively as I did — it made clear how challenging it is to make a very good living on your own.

      4. Impressive! I checked out your blog right after I asked you. We share a strong interest in both fields. I studied journalism in college, became a reporter for a few years and now I seem to be finding my writing voice again through blogging. Much success to you at NY School of Design! I’m glad you found me and I’ll be looking for your blog now.

      5. Thanks! People seem to think the two fields are different — but both require an ability to edit carefully. I started my career as a photographer so I really miss using my visual skills as well as my writing.

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