Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid

PANTONE have named this year’s colour as Radiant Orchid – so purple for us simple folk.

© Pantone 2014

© Pantone 2014

Since 2000 Pantone Colour Institute have dictated what the colour of the year will be, the colour that is selected is supposed express what is taking place in a global vision. Purple is described as being magical and is supposed to entice us in, draw us in. It is also the colour of creativity and this is why Pantone have made this exciting choice.

purple work lounge

© office snapshot

Leatrice Eiseman headed up the team that would paint this years mood, which you can imagine was no easy task to manage – the team took inspiration from all sectors coming through the design world to see what colour was emerging to take the top spot, influences included ‘ entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions.’

purple sofa

© la bohne

So lets bring on the creativity this year… let 2014 brake the boundries of creativity in all areas of design.

Remember to check out our (2014) Printerest board to get some inspiration for this coming year…

Let us know what you think of the choice?? leave your comments below?


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  • Steven

    brilliant choice, very 80’s, and although probably not intentional a nice nod to William Perkins who invented the very first synthetic dye which just happend to be mauve – or radiant orchid if you need a fancy name.