Pantone, the global authority on color, recently released its selection for the 2014 Color of the Year. Receiving the year’s top honor, the color Radiant Orchid strikes a unique harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones to create a color that blooms with confidence and warmth.

“While the 2013 color of the year, 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®.

Radiant Orchid, which can be described as an expressive, creative purple that draws you in and embraces you with its charm, offers opportunities to be showcased through fashion choices, makeup and home décor.

The color is both adaptive and beautiful, and it is easy to spruce up the interior of your home by adding the hue as a paint color, through accent pieces or by implementing accessories. Radiant Orchid works well with strong green tones, such as olive and deep hunter greens, and it also pairs easily with brighter shades such as teal, light yellow or turquoise.

For those who love a more neutral palette, try adding just a pop of color to gray, beige or taupe with a few carefully selected Radiant Orchid accent pieces, such as throw pillows, patterned curtains or fresh flower arrangements.

This stunning color is uplifting without being overpowering and can breathe new life into almost any color palette. It can also provide a unifying element for diverse, open spaces, which provides you with a natural flow from one room of your home into the next.

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