Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

Pantone announced this morning on NBC’s Today Show that their Color of the Year for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid”.

Pantone Radiant OrchidPantone described Radiant Orchid in the announcement as “a captivating harmony of fuschia, purple, and pink undertones.”

“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.”

Radiant Orchid shows a slight softening in the Pantone color of the year palette, after two very bold choices – Emerald for 2013 and Tangerine Tango for 2012 – marked the past two years.

The color codes for Radiant Orchid are:

  • RGB: R177 G99 B163
  • CMYK: C33 M72 Y0 K0
  • HTML: B163A3

Stampers looking for an ink to match Radiant Orchid might want to try:

  • Jenni Bowlin for Ranger – No. 13 Lavendar Sachet
  • Tsukineko Brilliance – Purple

Both are discontinued but still in stock at some locations.

The choice of a shade of purple is not entirely surprising, as purple has been trending lately in fashion and is expected to be prominent in spring 2014 lines, and purple was everywhere in this year’s scrapbooking Halloween collections. The pink tinge of Radiant Orchid makes it somewhat different than most of the purple products I’ve been seeing, however.


7 Responses to Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

  1. Susanne December 5, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    love it!

  2. Noell Hyman December 5, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I didn’t notice a surge of emerald in scrapbooking products. Did you?

    Other than for Halloween, there has been very purple in scrapbooking products over recent years (unless that’s just the case with the lines I look at most). I’m curious to see if it will suddenly appear.

    • Nancy Nally December 5, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Some years we see a ton of the color of the year – 2010 and 2011 with Honeysuckle and Turquoise come to mind – and other years we don’t see much. I don’t think we saw much Emerald because it wasn’t very feminine and didn’t lend itself well to the designs that papercrafters create. I do think that we will probably see a lot of the orchid, just because it is a lovely feminine color that lends itself well to a lot of design in the industry. It also goes well with several colors that have already been trending, like the grey and yellow, which will help too.

  3. Gab December 6, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    I wonder what we’ll see with this new colour. I like the colour but don’t use a lot of purple in scrapbooking, nor do I own any purple clothes!

  4. kathyhpy December 6, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    This is a truly beautiful color, I have to hunt for it when I’m looking for cardstock…I still have one piece from somewhere (can’t remember the brand) but I’ve hoarded it for quite a long time!

  5. Donna December 6, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    The color is beautiful! My sister made a wedding scrapbbook–the colors were black/white and purple–1 1/2 years ago and it was very hard to find purple.

  6. M December 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Great recommendations for inks, thank you. Brilliance Purple is still current so stampers should have no trouble finding it!

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