Colour Trend: Radiant Orchid – The Colour Of The Year 2014

Radiant Orchid - Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Hi everyone,

The results are in: Pantone, the global authority on all things colour-related, has recently announced their selection for 2014’s Colour of the Year: PANTONE 18-3224, aka “Radiant Orchid”.

Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality,” says Pantone. When I first looked at the pictures, I have to admit that I was a bit confused. What exactly is Radiant Orchid supposed to be? This muddled colour of purple and pink with grey undertones? Isn’t that… Mauve?

Then I saw this colour swatch and was already a lot happier:

Radiant Orchid - Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

It’s actually a bit brighter than mauve with more pink and violet undertones. At the same time it is a lot lighter than the Colour of the Year in previous years (Emerald in 2013 and Tangerine in 2012), which makes it easier for more people to wear.

Check out my style advice on How To Wear The Radiant Orchid Colour.

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xoxo, Lu