And the winner is ...
The Color of the Year!
2014 Pantone's Radiant Orchid
What is a 'color of the year'? How is it chosen? Who chooses it?
What does it mean?
And who is Panatone?
In this complex and information-laden world, there are loads of resources that inform color and design directions. Be aware of future color and design trends, seek distinctive styling and substance. Most important, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and “on-target”.
Did you know ... someone in the industry sets all of design, decoration, fashion, and trends ... and this includes color. This is why you see similar colors and color trends across the spectrum of design, fashion, and decoration in a given year.
Believe It Or Not!
Annually, Pantone declares a particular color "Color of the Year." Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. For example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012. The color purportedly connects with the zeitgeist; for example the press release declaring Honeysuckle the color of 2011 said, "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues." The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View ($750), which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.
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Emerald was Pantone's 2013 Color of Year