Well, it’s that time of year again! The folks at Pantone have made their pronouncement predicting the color that will be most on trend for the coming year. The Color of the Year 2014 is.. drumroll.. Radiant Orchid!
I’ll admit, at first I was underwhelmed. I haven’t been a huge fan of purples since Christmas 1985 in which every single gift I received was of a lavender hue. It was the favorite color of my 13 year old self, but I eventually tired of it and moved on, pretty much abandoning it forever. But once this news got out, I decided to do a little foraging for color amongst the art on my Pinterest boards and what ho, I spy a bunch of this very shade!
So maybe my inner 13 year old is subconsciously seeping through into my pins. Or, more likely, these artists know what Pantone folks have discovered– this particular shade, dubbed Radiant Orchid, is much more versatile than it may seem upon first glance.
It can be soft and feminine, as its floral moniker implies. These artists know that pairing this color with creamy neutrals and fellow floral shades creates a feeling of delicate suppleness.
clockwise from top left casey matthews | riley lester | ada wang | bahman farad | laurence amelie | christina baker
When paired with darker shades and jewel tones, Radiant Orchid takes on a rich, earthy quality. Pairing such a feminine color with more heavy, masculine tones makes these abstract pieces perfectly balanced.
clockwise from top left elizabeth condon | eva lundsager | scott cumberland | charline von heyl
And of course, artists know when to capitalize on a color’s inherent pop factor. In the work below, these artists have used Radiant Orchids bright and bold sensibility to bring vibrant fearlessness to their work.
clockwise from top left julie cockburn | eva eun sil-han | shannon rankin | francois nielly | andy gilmore
Are you a fan of this lavender shade? If you’re an artist, are you using it in your current work or have plans to try to incorporate it in 2014? Designers & consultants, think your clients will be itching for artwork to incorporate this color into their interiors? Artsy minds want to know!
All image sources are linked above. Some images are cropped details of the original.