The color of the year for 2014

11:45 14 January in News

Color-of-the-year

The marmite effect: PANTONE‘s Radiant Orchid. A captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.

Pantone 18-3224′s Radiant Orchid is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones; it inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm”.

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Radiant Orchid has polarised opinions and has had a ‘Marmite’ effect on people, eliciting strong feelings of love and hate since it was first revealed to the world at the end of last year. A-Gent of Style must admit his first, visceral reaction was rather not adulatory. The actual word “vile” might have been overheard from this side of Bayswater.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

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After much research, A-Gent wouldn’t go as far as saying that he has been converted to Radiant Orchid but he will concede that some of the pictorial evidence shown below have mellowed him on the matter. Radiant Orchid surely livens up a neutral palette and energises and unifies diverse spaces or outfits when used as the odd accent here and there. It also seems to complement greens, turquoises and even light yellows rather well. A few overpowering, garish interiors suffused with various hues of purple made A-Gent of Style think twice about how to use purple, not only in interior decoration but also in fashion and design. There is no denying that purple, in its various hues and tones to which Radiant Orchid belongs, can be uplifting and unifying. Whilst the colours in the images below are not always spot on ‘Pantone 18-3224’, A-Gent of Styletried to show how various shades of purple could bedazzle us and hopefully enhance our daily life for 2014.

But as we all know, one doesn’t have to follow trends!

 

Author: French Interior Designer Fabrice Bana, founder and editor of A-Gent of Style

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