No, your eyes haven’t been deceiving you, there has already been an explosion of lilac in stores and online and for this you can thank Pantone for naming Radiant Orchid their 2014 Color of the Year. Pantone describes it as a “modern and surprisingly versatile shade” and sassy Radiant Orchid inspires one to explore their inner creativity with its warmth and beauty.
While Radiant Orchid is the leader of the Pantone Spring 2014 pack, the remaining hues were all chosen to form a colorful equilibrium either singularly or in pairs. Three calming pastels, all drawn from Mother Nature are included this year. Placid Blue, a tranquil azure sparkles. While Dazzling Blue, vibrant and strong, is reminiscent of the Caribbean. Violet Tulip is the yin to Radiant Orchid’s yang. And Hemlock is a softer, richer green than seen in past spring shadings.
Every seasonal palette scheme must have a complementing neutral and this spring the winner, Sand, was taken right off the beach. In fact, when paired with Dazzling Blue or Placid Blue, you immediately are taken back to those carefree summer days at the shore. Then Paloma, a cool yet sophisticated light gray is more of a primary neutral and can easily transition from spring to summer to fall.
Providing warmth and energy to the overall collection are Cayenne, Freesia and Celosia Orange. These scintillating and vivacious shadings all add a dash of energy and optimism to any wardrobe or room makeover. Bright and bubbly, Cayenne is a fiery red and mixes well with the buttery daffodil inspired Freesia while Celosia Orange brings a softer offering to the table. Its peachy coral hue pairs perfectly with the other two prominent colors without clashing or becoming too overpowering.
Nothing like the introduction of the latest spring Pantone colors to remind us all that warmer weather is right around the corner!