Everything’s coming up…purple. Today Pantone declared Radiant Orchid (18-3224 on your fandeck) the “expressive, exotic” Color of the Year. In the wake of 2013’s Emerald, it’s a return to the tropical shades favored by the color authority in recent years, such as Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle, Turquoise, and Mimosa.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” said Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman in a statement announcing the pick. “It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Those eager to embrace the “magical, enigmatic” hue can purchase a a Pantone USB drive in Radiant Orchid or start stocking up on Pantone paint in the color of 2014, but why not simply put your (emerald) green thumb to the test with an actual orchid?