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Pantone names Radiant Orchid 2014 color of the year

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The purple hue is an "invitation to innovation," the company says.

| December 11, 2013

Pantone has named Radiant Orchid its Color of the Year for 2014, and calls the hue "a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple."

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The color "permeated the runways" during the spring preview fashion shows, Pantone said in its press release, indicating the shade may be picked up in fashion, retail and design.

"Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows," the press release stated. "Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces."

For more, visit Pantone's website.

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