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Pantone’s ‘Radiant Orchid’ Rules 2014

It’s official: Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid as its choice for 2014’s Color of the Year. The annual announcement made by the self-described “global color authority” is set to inspire color palettes far and wide for product designers who are already planning their upcoming spring and summer collections, and fashion-focused shoppers can’t wait to see how the brilliant fusion of pink and purple will blossom in the upcoming year. Pantone’s ink experts claim the botanical hue symbolizes imagination and ignites creativity, intimating that originality is a strong value in this day and age. Of course, numerous connotations can be wrung out of any color, and we’re choosing to travel down the Radiant Orchid road with optimism and delight. Here are five fun reasons to embrace the newest color trend: <strong>1. Fashion Flushed:</strong> Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as a pink- or purple-lovin’ person, this shade, unto its name, gives a radiant glow to the skin. The cheeky trick for a rosier appearance complements all skin tones. <strong>2. Complementary Comments:</strong> Rolling off of 2013’s Emerald Green, the new color offers a congenial nod to its predecessor as their opposing positions on the color wheel are complementary. If you already have rich greens in your home Radiant Orchid will pair nicely. Whether it’s a plant, painting or new rug, you can harmonize by introducing a pop of this pinkish purple (purplish pink?) to your scheme. It’s all about breaking out of standardized realms and welcoming the unknown. <strong>3. Strong Primary Colors:</strong> This jovial mix has another interesting juxtaposition based on characteristics drawn from its primary color base of blue and red. The cool blue component reflects tranquility, trust and wisdom, while warm red tones produce excitement, strength and passion. Stability fused with energy equals ambition – an excellent trait to have when faced with adversity! <strong>4. Universal Harmony:</strong> Radiant Orchid’s most striking quality might be its ability to bridge the myriad gaps that are always expanding in our entropic universe. It borders natural as well as artificial environments, accents both eccentric and ordinary lifestyles, and blooms in all ages from infancy to adulthood. Radiant Orchid can represent broader topics of our present culture, but also offers an artistic partisan approach to new style solutions. In that way, this color serves as a reminder to look to new ideas and untried ways in 2014. <strong>5. New Year’s Wish:</strong> Pantone remarks that the <em>Phalaenopsis</em> flower shade, “… inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” These are things we can never have too much of as we look forward to the New Year! If the beguiling Radiant Orchid suits you, <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> has several beautiful pieces that will bring this charismatic color into your home.
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