Radiant Orchid: Pantone 2014 Color of the Year


Last week Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the color as, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The color was received with mixed emotions at Tastemaker HQ−there was surprise, love, and hate. Our decorators also shared these mixed reactions, here’s what they had to say:

Melanie Wegner “I’m glad it’s something other than blue but this is a hard color for residential design.  I don’t know why but forms of purple don’t go over well with people in my experience.  I miss emerald already!  That was fun and much more versatile.”

Crystal Jarrett “LOVE it! I’d use it as a paint color in a powder bathroom, lacquered (high gloss) walls with brass fixtures & framed mirror!”

Cristin Brisbee Priest “My reaction is mixed. I thought it would be a shade from the blue family – something a little more timeless like Pantone 18-4434 Mykonos Blue. However, I think Radiant Orchid is a really beautiful, optimistic and sophisticated. I’d recommend incorporating this feminine color as an accent in your home by adding throw pillows, painting a chest of drawers or layering a chair with a throw.”

Mindy Miles Greenberg “I love the new, old color. It’s happy, cheerful and very optimistic. What more could you ask for? Although its more a feminine color, I have spotted stylist men wearing ties, socks and cashmere sweaters in that tone.”

Laurie Betz “My initial reaction:  I said “really?” outloud. I don’t love it and think it’s easily dated.  How to use it? In very small doses, such as a trim on a pillow, or could be a really pretty accent color in a painting.”

Holly Hickey Moore “This color is bold and edgy, but can also be sophisticated and classic depending on how you use it and how much of it you use. The fuchsia family is one of my favorite colors for interiors and can really make a statement. I painted one of my client’s formal living rooms in this color family.  It’s fun, funky and fresh if used tastefully!”

What do you think of the Pantone 2014 color of the year? Want some advice on how to use it? Look out for a list of our favorite ways to use this color.


Alessandra Wood

Alessandra Wood is Tastemaker’s resident design historian. Obsessed with everything vintage, she’s working on her PhD in design history. Animal prints, mid-century chrome lighting fixtures, and reclaimed wood furniture set her heart aflutter. Wondering how to judge the quality of of a piece of furniture, what to look for in buying an antique, how to date your finds, or which current trends have resurfaced from the past?


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