2014 Color of the Year


paint fanEach December Pantone announces the color of the year.  We’ve had Tangerine Tango, Emerald, Honeysuckle, Turquoise, and Yellow in recent years and this year, 2014, the color of the year is:

Radiant Orchid 

 Pantone’s Color of the Year is based on a plethora of criteria, from social events to movies to the art scene to world events and fashion.

Radiant Orchid is a gorgeous color that speaks to many aspects of our lives because it is a complex color made up of many: fuchsia, pink and purple. And each of those is made up of many.

In my book Simply Color I talk about primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The three colors used for the creation of Radiant Orchid are tertiary colors, the combination of a primary with a secondary color.

Fuchsia Fuchsia, which in my book is called Magenta, is created using the primary color of red with the secondary color of purple.  Fuchsia is about seeing the beauty in the details of life, in every facet of life, in every part of nature and connecting with the Divine spark of life in every living thing.

Pink Pink is about the feminine side of life, the motherly aspect of unconditional love and the connection of everyone into the concept of the oneness of life. It is made from adding white to the primary color red. White reflects all the colors, so is highly complex.

Purple Purple represents the spiritual aspect of life, healing, transformation and even transmutation. It is created from two primaries: red and blue, together creating a secondary color.

Radiant Orchid speaks to healing, unconditional and Divine love, and transformation.

It is the perfect color to carry us forward in our quest to create a new way of being on this planet – one based in love and the concept that we are all one. Healing, it moves us from the old to embracing a new way of being: our transition from the patriarchy to a society that beautifully and lovingly blends feminine and masculine energies. It represents, and carries us into, transformation, to a world that is different from the one we now have.

Welcome, Radiant Orchid! We welcome your loving, transforming, healing energy to the world!

To find out more about Radiant Orchid, visit the Pantone website.

What is the Color of the Year for 2013?

Indigo, Color of the Year?


We’ve had tangerine tango, honeysuckle, turquoise, and yellow in the last few years as Color of the Year. Pantone is one of the contributors to that selection and we won’t know for a few weeks what it will be for certain. But according to color trend forecaster Lidewij Edelicoort it just might be Indigo! You can read more about that here.

If you could cast a vote, what would YOUR vote be for 2013 Color of the Year?

Top 10 Fashion Colors for Fall 2011


Fall 2011 10 Top Fashion Colors

According to the Pantone Color Institute, the colors we should be wearing to be hip appeal to a “vibrant, romantic ideal.”  The names are intriguing, even exotic, but the colors are familiar nonetheless.  They include:


  • Bamboo (mustardy yellow)
  • Emberglow (orange family)
  • Honeysuckle (color of the year 2011-pink family)
  • Deep teal (deep turquoise family)
  • Cedar  (olive green family)
  • Phlox (purple family)
  • Coffee liqueur  (brown family)
  • Nougat (tan family)
  • Orchid hush (purple gray family)
  • Quarry (gray blue family)


This link and this one will take you to a short articles with great photos of how to combine these colors in your wardrobe.  Chances are, you already have some of these hanging in your closet so check it out for a great visual from the fashion world!