Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid #coloroftheyear

Pantone Color of the Year 2014

Are you guys excited about the 2014 Pantone color of the year? If you’re a lover of purple, rejoice!

I am sort of a color nerd, so every December I wait joyfully for Pantone to announce the Pantone Color of the Year. This year’s color is Radiant Orchid (18-3224, if you’re using a Pantone color chart), and it’s a warm shade of lilac.

In case you’re not familiar with the whole Pantone Color of the Year concept, I’ll get into it a little bit! The Pantone Color Institute is kind of the compass for color trends. They follow the fashion and design landscapes closely and predict what colors will be hot in the fashion world. Beginning in 2010, they also started designating a “Color of the Year,” and it’s become a pretty strong predictor of what the big color for the coming year will be.

You can watch a video here on how the Institute chose the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, and below I’ll share their brief explanation for this year’s color choice:

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative, and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuschia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy and health.

How’s that for a color?

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year: Wear It!

So now that Pantone has picked the 2014 Color of the Year, how can you get a little Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe? I did a little fantasy shopping just for YOU!

What do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year? Are you into Radiant Orchid, or do you think there’s a different hot color for 2014?

Top image via Pantone

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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