On the way home from our family Xmas celebration, we stopped for tea. Next to this Starbucks in downtown Milwaukee, there’s an adorable ice-skating rink. It was a peaceful, magic scene that had to be captured. Sometimes the quiet moments after Xmas are the best.
This was the perfect lead-in to a post I’ve been meaning to share with you on Pantone’s color of the year 2014! Radiant Orchid.
A lively red/violet they describe like this- “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” Pantone
I have to tell you, we felt this hue coming on!
Which is interesting, because purple was the big color like 3 or 4 years ago. Remember the gray violet/gray combo everywhere. But this time it’s a vibrant hue leaning red. Although there is a wide range from indigo to magenta circulating in fashion/retail/interiors. Maybe I should just start calling this the holy trinity (of the color world), lol.
I listened to a fellow color expert speaking of the inside scoop on Pantone’s color of the year selection process. It’s a lot more involved than plucking a fun color from the spectrum. It’s a global view. A reflection of our attitude, political atmosphere, popular culture, and of course trends in the art/design world. The influences are becoming more and more complicated to track as we melt into a truly global society.
“The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.” Pantone
In my experience with clients, purple is an extreme love or hate. The people who like it are really interesting characters! How do you feel about this hue? And are we ready to dive into a new year, new colors, new feelings, and maybe even new decor? I am!
(thank you Pantone and Pinterest for the images)