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Pantone's Color of the Year 2014

Ampersand Design Studio

As major color lovers, we're always curious to see what the December press release from the color experts at Pantone is going to be! This year, we were a bit surprised, they announced the color of the year is PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, but it's already growing on us quickly and we're anxious to see how this plays out in fashion and interiors (eh hem...surely a color crush post will be coming soon)! Actually as we scrolled through our recent color crushes, we were surprised to see some of this color sneaking in there. It's always such an interesting phenomenon that across, cities, states, countries and oceans, whatever is going on in the world, be it in the entertainment industry, world politics, hot new artists, popular travel destinations or other socio-economic conditions, that these influences  might make us all subconsciously be drawn to a certain color family. It's so fascinating!

If you want to hear from the experts, here you go:

“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®. “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.”

And just in case you're curious, here are the colors of the year from the last six years starting at the top left corner and reading left to right!

SO---what do we all think of Radiant Orchid??