Drum roll Please!! Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority, today announced PANTONE® 18-3224 RADIANT ORCHID, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014!

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color 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.”

Then, for those of you who know me, know that I am passionate about Sherwin Williams and the color match would be EXCLUSIVE PLUM-SW6263. Each year, Jackie Jordan along with many other Sherwin Williams color experts also research color influences from around the world to determine the annual color forecast and the color of the year. The forecast this year includes 38 colors grouped into four palettes called Reasoned, Diaphanous, Intrinsic and Curiosity. Check out these colors and more and let me know your favorites at


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