Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Radiant Orchid


For the past decade the global color authority, Pantone, has combed the world looking for the color that will be given the distinction “Color of the Year”.  The selection requires careful consideration and anything from entertainment – to arts – to travel destinations – to technology – to upcoming sporting events can influence the decision.

The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid,

a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple…

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Emerald was the 2013 color of the year, a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.

Across the color wheel, Radiant Orchid “encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

The reason this year’s color of the year reveal caught my eye is because I am really ahead of the curve on this one!

 A couple of years ago when it appeared that number 1 son was really out of the nest I began to mentally recreate the upstairs bedroom formerly occupied by said son.

What ensued was a purple room whose color inspiration began with a shell collection gathered on a family trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia (that is another whole subject).

I made shadow boxes after that trip with the shells brought back in boxes held on our laps for the flight home…

Shadow Box Shells

The soft purple in the shells was so beautiful, why not put that soft, calm color on the walls?…

Shadow box shells

And so the purple room began to come to life.

I found some Audubon prints purchased at an estate sale years ago and knew they would be just right…

Audubon prints

color inspiration for drapery fabric came from a childhood book collection…

Book collection

and so the collected purple room continued to grow…


I may not always be ahead of the curve

– but just so you know –

I have some of last year’s color of the year, Emerald, in my collection also!

I love the purple room…


and Cammie looks so cute surrounded by all the purple…


Welcome 2014 and bring on the Radiant Orchid…

purple dog

linking to Metamorphosis Monday

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  1. Such a beautiful room!

    A funny observation… Yesterday, while walking at the mall, we noticed an ad that said the color of the year was purple. But we noticed that not one store window (and very little of what we could see in the stores themselves) was purple. Maybe they didn’t get the memo?

  2. Kandy Sims says:

    Love the way you did the room! So pretty! I bought some prints at an estate sale too. They are still in my drawer!

    • says:

      Funny – mine were in a drawer for probably 15 years and I still have some more in there that need to come out!

  3. sally randall says:

    love the shells and we had a purple room one time and i loved it! miss it! and Belhaven!

  4. Lillian Carson says:

    Wonderful and Beautiful!!!