Stealing a Pantone book from an employer has become a rite of passage for young designers – perhaps that’s why the good people at Pantone sell mugs and do things like announce the Pantone Colour of the Year.
They certainly know what they’re talking about. It was no surprise to me that the Colour of 2013 was 17-5641- that’s Emerald to us regular folk – after my son came home with a green painting and said “because it’s your favourite colour”. I thought to myself: ‘I haven’t told him that,’ then noticed I’d dressed him like a little leprechaun and it dawned on me that everything I’d bought in the last six months had been green. So either I had accidentally landed bang on trend or Pantone had been stalking my Pinterest feed.
The colour for 2014 is PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid. If you’re baffled by the jargon, think of Radiant Orchid as a place where mauve, lilac and fuchsia come to mingle. A little bit candy floss, a little bit Dame Edna, it’s fun and girly but strong and it looks awesome whether you paint your nails with it or tile your walls with it. Here are some of our favourite incarnations of Radiant Orchid in 2014 so far…
Made a Mano tiles; Bleach London hair colour; Brika bangles, £18; Sheriff & Cherry sunglasses from Net-a-porter, £30; ASOS drop earrings, £8; Tim Walker photography; Lacoste high tops, £55; NARS limited edition Thakoon nail polish in Ratin Jot, £14; J.Crew V-neck tee, £29.50; Michael Kors bracelet watch, £116; vintage Vogue; DIY dip-dye cups tutorial on Design Sponge.