Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the Year 2014!


Color management and forecasting company Pantone has announced that Radiant Orchid, 18-3224, will be Color of the Year 2014. Via the press release materials on the Pantone Universe website.

 After months of speculation on Pinterest and elsewhere, Pantone has announced that the Pantone Color of the Year 2014 will be Radiant Orchid, color number 18-3224 in the Pantone color organization system.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,

“. . . Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and radiates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Fashion designers have already featured the new color extensively in the recently unveiled Spring 2014 collections. The sherbet shade is flattering to many skin tones and can be easily added to the cosmetics bag in the form of a lipstick or nail polish. Variations on this color have already been seen in home decor magazines. 

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty on Pantone Color 18-3224, aka Radiant Orchid:

  • 18-3224 TCX or 18-3224 TPX for the fashion/home design client has digital and 4-color press equivalents R177 G99 B163 and C33 M77 Y0 K0.
  • Plus Series 2060C, the closest match for the graphic design palette has equivalents R200 G107 B168 and C19M70Y0K0.
  • Plastic color listings are PQ-18-3224-TCX
  • Web HTML values are B163A3
  • The update for Adobe applications can be downloaded from Pantone here

Here are some fun color-loving forums hosted by Pantone:

Personally, I’m very excited about this new color. Emerald was hard to work with, as the particular Pantone color specification was not one that is seen frequently in nature. It was also hard to wear as a makeup or fashion color.

Stay tuned for some more posts about using Radiant Orchid on your paint palette!

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