December 10th 2013

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014


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Radiant Orchid 

Expressive, exotic, Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth; PANTONE® 18-3224 TCX Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.


The Pantone Colour of the Year has become the springboard for new colour inspiration for the forthcoming year. For more than a decade, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. At VeriVide, we witness how the Colour of the Year can affect all areas of colour in product design.

“While the 2013 colour of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “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 emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014

Smart Swatches

VeriVide is the Pantone’s sole stockist of Pantone Smart Swatches in the UK. These larger 10 x 10 cm dyed cotton samples are indispensable for designers and manufacturers in the apparel, accessories and home furnishings sectors. Setting up seasonal colour palettes has never been easier. Individual unbacked loose fabric swatches available for all 2,100 colours provide a precise way to select, specify, control and communicate your colour choices.

Unfolded swatches measure 10 x 20 cm; giving twice the fabric for optimum colour visualization and evaluation.

Ready for prompt dispatch, VeriVide stocks all 2,100 colours.

Radiant Orchid for fashion

Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Colour Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.

Radiant Orchid for beauty

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Radiant Orchid for interiors 

Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Likewise, the colour livens up neutrals including grey, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergises almost any colour palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Cross-referencing to other PANTONE libraries 

PANTONE 18-3224 tpx Radiant Orchid can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. Click here for cross-referencing information.

About the PANTONE Colour of the Year 

The Colour of the Year selection requires careful consideration. To arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world  for colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry, films in production, travelling 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 colour, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

Past Colours of the Year include:

For further details and to order Pantone Smart Swatches please call Georgina on +44(0)116 284 7790 or email

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