Thursday, February 13, 2014
Since its founding in 1963, Pantone has been providing the world with an effective system for identifying, matching and communicating colors for various industries.
The system created an invaluable product for accurate color matches for the graphic arts industry first, and then later on, for other color-critical industries such as digital technology, architecture, contract interiors, paint, textiles and plastics.
Pantone has also researched and developed color forecasting for different design industries, most notably fashion and home décor. Since the year 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been assigning a Color of the Year that conveys the current moods and attitudes of people across the world.
Far from merely picking up on a fashionable color, the Pantone Color of the Year is a color that is set to respond to what people are currently looking for. The inspirations and influences for the designated color range from art and film, travel and lifestyle, even social and economic situations.
The Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, an enigmatic and enchanting color bound to captivate the hearts and invade the homes and closets of many. Radiant Orchid has fuchsia, pink and purple undertones, creating a perfect color blend that inspires creativity and confidence. The intrinsic meaning of the color was also considered, as Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones evoke feelings of joy, love and health.
Keep up with design trends by incorporating Radiant Orchid into your home design. Soothing in character, the color is a delicate balance between cool and warm hues. It’s a great wall color for bedrooms and accent tile color for baths, as it offers a relaxing atmosphere.
You may also use Radiant Orchid as an accent color in living rooms or sitting areas with sofa upholstery and rugs. A quick color update may also be integrated with decorative pillows and wall art.
Radiant Orchid is also a great color to use with other hues. Employ a complementary color scheme by pairing it with chartreuse. For a more colorful palette, choose adjacent colors such as blue and red to create a cohesive yet vibrant space. A soothing and airy feel may also be achieved by using lighter tones of the color.