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Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence as 2014 Pantone color of the year

Last year's Emerald as color of the year has given birth to the eternal flower of youth, Radiant Orchid. Each year the Pantone Color Institute® selects a color of the year. The softness of spring has taking form with the bursting of blooms from the exotic Radiant Orchid.

Shades of Orchid are seen everywhere around the globe.
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HAMBURG, GERMANY - JANUARY 30: Ronja Hilbig attends opening of the first LuxusLashes Lounge in Hamburg on January 30, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany.
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They say that everything comes back is quite the understatement, to have a Victorian color as the color of the year is certainly a fresh inventive force for designers.

Radiant Orchid is a responsive color for this crazy world in which to find solace and refresh the color world after a long winter's nap. The color allows us to be creative and think outside the box with a color that requires an attitude of confidence and allows us a myriad and fresh dynamic new color combinations.

For a moment consider the strength and power of Radiant Orchid. It is a delicate plant can produce splendid flowers, in simple soil and requires humid conditions. The longevity of the color and flower are paramount to the beauty of this treasure of nature. In most humid conditions flowers would wilt, but the orchid has her own inner confidence and this translates to the those that wear the color and explore this world.

An interesting pairing with Radiant Orchid is the use of strong and lively tones, not just the pale tone on tone. Pair a pale with a deep for exciting contrast and wardrobe playfulness.

So watch for variations on the purple theme for 2014 and you'll be spot on trend. This color is showing up in everything for men, women and decorating across the globe.

Just looking at the color, I feel like I can almost smell this luscious fragrance, can't you? Now the question is will you add Radiant Orchid to your wardrobe or your next decorating plan?

Past Pantone colors of the year include:

PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

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Cindy Ann Peterson, AICI FLC is a couture designer and an award winning image and style consultant. Named by the Netherlands' Kleur and Stijl as one of the Big 7 color and style consultants for Washington DC. She is also a co-author of "My Style, My Way" and "The Power of Civility." Having lived around the globe, she speaks on a variety of style and civility topics and reflects an international flair with her Peterson Perspective to delight and inspire. Visit her website at

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