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Radiant Orchid

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Pantone, with its finger on the pulse of a wide range of consumer industries from interior design to fashion to automotive, crowned Radiant Orchid as its top color of 2014. A vibrant purple pink, the hue speaks to what Pantone found was a collective desire for something off the beaten path. Something that, simply put, had to be purple.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the company’s Color Institute, explains, “People associate purple with creativity and originality — and those are very valued today. We see words like that being used to describe technologies and products that are seen as innovative and with an approach you haven’t tried before.” And she’s right, because Radiant Orchid has been popping up everywhere! Radiant Orchid pairs beautifully with olive, hunter green and turquoise. Even kitchen appliances are in on it…just this February, Keurig rolled out a Radiant Orchid coffeemaker!

Pantone wasn’t the only one into purple for 2014. Among the largest paint producers in the world, Sherwin-Williams researches global color trends to create an annual forecast of fashionable hues for the coming year. Of the 38 they identified for 2014, Sherwin-Williams chose Exclusive Plum, a rich, dusky violet, as the year’s defining interior shade. We agree with Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ Director of Color Marketing, when she says, “It has an amazing quality and can be adapted for nearly any space, whether used as an accent or for an entire room.” The color’s grey undertones make it a particularly sophisticated purple that pairs with pewter grey to very chic, modern effect. When matched with warmer tones like bronze, copper and gold, Exclusive Plum is decidedly cozy.

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