Who knew? 2014 color of the year

The much anticipated color of the year announcement from Pantone has been released and I am certain it has caught many designers by surprise!  Wait for it…………………..

Pantone 2014 color of the year..Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 color of the year..Radiant Orchid

Everyone has been expecting to see a vivid cobalt blue so this soft and somewhat feminine color is a surprise.  I am not sure how I feel about it as purple is not my favorite color anyway.  I have a feeling it will spend it’s yearlong reign as an oft forgotten choice much like 2011’s Honeysuckle Pink.

For purple lovers, however, I can hear the screams of delight.  They can pair this shade of their favorite color with neutrals like beige and taupe, of course, or add a hint of sophistication to gray or black.  Pantone is recommending pairing it up with olive green (might be pretty if you can convince your husband) or even shades of gold.  And I must admit I can envision it in a ladies dressing room with plenty of brass hardware as a backdrop.

So what are your thoughts?  Yay or nay on using this color in any space that doesn’t include a wall poster of One Direction or Justin Bieber?




About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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