9 Gifts in Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014 (Er, But What Is Radiant Orchid, Exactly?)

3 years ago

Pantone's color of the year for 2014 is … radiant orchid. Here's how Pantone describes it:

“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.”

So what is this healthy-loving, joyfully beguiling color, exactly? You can see the swatch on the video below -- I think it's a tad drab for my taste, but I'm loving the brighter, pinker variations on the tone you can see at Pantone's color of the year pinboard on Pinterest. And watch the video to see the VERY bright hues as shown by Pantone's executive director:

Designers, decorators, and even bakers have already joined the pinkish-purple parade. Here, nine variations on the color of the year that I think would make fabulous holiday presents:

First radiantly orchid thing

1. Radiant Orchid Windproof Umbrella

Storm-resistant function + cool resulting shape + color of the year = design geek's dream. Senz umbrella, $29 at Fab.com.

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2. Radiant Orchid Silicone Clutch

Silicone for easy wipedown if you use it as a makeup bag, and just adorable as a clutch. Pochi-mon clutch, $34 at Fab.com.

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3. Radiant Orchid Jade Necklace

Bonus points to the artisan for the Pride and Prejudice photo background. MooseandNigel long jade necklace, $30 at Etsy.

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4. Radiant Orchid Phone Charger Case

An easy way to add the necessary pop of It Color to an everyday look and stay powered up at the same time. Boostcase for the iPhone 5, $79.95 at Amazon.

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5. Radiant Orchid Uniqlo Cashmere Sweater

Slouchy and cozy and cashmere and on sale! Uniqlo round neck sweater, now $79.90 at Uniqlo.com.

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6. Radiant Orchid Ombre Cake

Image: Glorious Treats

This gorgeous layer cake invented by BlogHer food blogger Glory of Glorious Treats would make a striking addition at a holiday potluck. Get the recipe.

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7. Radiant Orchid Bento Box

Cool gift for a high-schooler, no? Monbento Bento Box in fuchsia, $29 at Fab.com.

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8. Radiant Orchid Guy's T-Shirt

For the fop in your life. And it's on super-sale right now, too. Guy's scoop-neck T-Shirt, currently $7.26 at ASOS!

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9. Radiant Orchid Pantone Chip Thumb Drive

I'd definitely give this to any designers and style bloggers on my list. $21.99 for 8GB at Pantone.com

What do you think of this color … or of colors of the year in general?

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