Happy New Year! 2014! Wow!
I don’t know if you noticed, but for 2014 the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. I have to admit that I was oblivious to such things until I started thinking about design and color. I suppose at one time (long ago) I was aware of what ever color was the “in” one. But now it seems that even though Pantone and the fashion and design world pick a “color of the year” there doesn’t seem to be a huge or sometimes, even noticeable, change in the colors available in the stores. Which, as far as I am concerned, is great because it means there is lots of choice!
If you haven’t seen it, Radiant Orchid, is a purple. Pantone describes it as a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones”! You may know I love purple, but in this case I can’t decide if I like the name even better than the color! “Radiant Orchid”: that name just makes me happy! It seems very light-hearted and summery. I always think that would be the best job ever (if you had to have an office job, that is) – naming the colors for Pantone.
As you probably know though, I’m not really one to chase the trends. I prefer to do my own thing, and really, when it comes right down to it that is the kind of work I make.
However, for once I am “on trend” – gasp! Through no fault of my own, Thompson enamels makes an enamel color called “Orchid” (they obviously should contact the Pantone color naming department). Because it is a purple tone I had to try it out. So, I thought it would work well on my “Bar” series of enamels:
I’m quite happy with the enamel version of this color, I can’t really detect any pink undertones! It is just a nice purple, almost on the dark end of lavender. I was so happy with how it turned out, I made earrings as well:
So, what do you think of Pantone’s color of the year?