PANTONE Color of the Year 2014: In The News, Vol. 1

by Pantone

On Thursday, December 5th, Pantone revealed the Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.

The much-anticipated release generated global headlines almost instantly, and news stories in print, blogs and broadcast continue to sprout up like… well, like orchids!

Below is a roundup of some of the major Radiant Orchid stories. Explore and be inspired. You can also visit the official PANTONE Radiant Orchid site here.



Wall Street Journal

Move over, emerald. The color watchers at Pantone say the “It” color of 2014 is a pinky purple known as “radiant orchid.”Expect to see the peppy shade on everything from cardigans to coffee makers next year. Vibrant and inviting, it has enough warm tones to look good on most skin types, which makes it a natural for nail polish and lipstick. Pantone executives say that because it is nuanced and bold, the color suggests creativity and ingenuity, which may appeal to fashion-minded, tech-savvy customers in their 20s and 30s. The hue also offers a sharp contrast with emerald, Pantone’s color of 2013.
Read more and see a video: WSJ

Apartment Therapy

Here we are again, color lovers. Another December, another Color of the Year announcement from the gurus at Pantone. For the first time in a few years, I feel like things are moving in a more unexpected, bold direction. If this 2014 pick is an indication of our colorful future, then I say, let’s go, bring it on!
Read more: Apartment Therapy


Chicago Tribune

The color purple would like to thank the global color authority Pantone for crowning it the color of the year for 2014. But it’s a color — Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, to be precise — so it can’t exactly talk. This blend of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones does, however, speak in murmurs of exoticism and enigma.

Read more and see a video: Chicago Tribune


Globe and Mail

Colour forecasting is part fashion savvy, part sociology and part crystal ball. Last year, that combination brought us emerald, a prediction that more or less was bang on, with bold jewel tones seemingly everywhere in home decor.

Read more: Globe and Mail


Huffington Post

(Leatrice) Eiseman expects people will take to it quickly because it’s a flattering color for many skin tones and complementary neutral colors, but it will also look like something people haven’t seen in a while.
Read more: Huffington Post

Today Style

Winter may be quickly approaching, but consumers should take heart in a spring-like hue that will likely saturate everything from clothing lines to industrial items across the nation … Pantone described Radiant Orchid as a modern and ‘surprisingly versatile shade’ that can be worn by both men and women. It noted the color already made its way into makeup lines, on runways and in interior design products.

Read more: Today Style


Consumer Reports

Looking for a hot new hue to liven up the living room or add a splash of color in the bedroom? Pantone, which creates palettes for the home, fashion, and graphic-arts industries, has just named Radiant Orchard its 2014 Color of the Year, calling it a “captivating purple that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The new hue is being added to the Pantone Universe Paint Collection by Valspar, which is sold at Lowe’s.

Read more: Consumer Reports