Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Move over Emerald, 2013 has ended and Pantone named Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes it as: “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.”

Flower lovers everywhere are rejoicing with the 2014 choice. It’s a natural in the flower world. You’ll find the hue in orchids (of course!) plus roses, carnations, stock, gerberas, hydrangea, alstroemeria and waxflower — just to name a few of my favorite blooms. Flowers allow you to update, restyle and interpret the color trend quickly and easily, without breaking the bank.

A luxurious centerpiece inspired by Radiant Orchid is enhanced with a touch of seeded eucalyptus in a navy blue vessel. Set it on a white tablecloth and continue the theme with a lavender overlay for a sophisticated tabletop setting.

Radiant Orchid Centerpiece — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

As our lives spin faster and faster with 24/7 connection, we all are looking for slow, meditation moments in our lives. The subtle grays and greens of succulent plants meet orchid radiance in a textural tapestry. Set this on your desk, pour a cup of tea, sit back and relax.

A Relaxing Radiant Orchid Floral Design — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

A flower necklace quickly updates your favorite LBD (little black dress for those of you who don’t text). A closet full of staples is trendy with the proper accessories.

RadiantOrchid-Necklace-Flws to Wear


Brides will surely embrace the color as they choose their wedding palette. Roses, freesia, heather and waxflower interpret the hue with romantic style in the bridal bouquet.

Radiant Orchid Bridal Bouquet — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Radiant Orchid captures the goodness of purple, lavender, and violet. It inspires creativity, promotes deep thought and soothes the soul. What a perfect hue to add balance to our lives in 2014.

How are you incorporating Radiant Orchid into your daily life?