We just saw the Pantone Color of the Year – 2014 and it is Radiant Orchid. The announcement was released yesterday from Carlstadt, N.J. and it is somewhat surprising in its boldness. The renowned color and style organization says “spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows”.

As you can see in the swatch at the top of the post, this is not necessarily a color for the timid. However, as always, the research behind this is solid. Pantone describes the process as follows,  “the color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention”.

Janel Laban of  ApartmentTherapy.com believes that “its going to work well for interiors. It is a color that coordinates beautifully with light yellows, and, the neutral of the moment, gray, as well as with pale, warm taupes, creamy whites and soft metallics, both silver and gold”. Let’s speak for a moment to Janel’s point above on coordinating Radiant Orchid. Country Floors presents (above/below) our Luminere Collection, a noteworthy glass line featuring a rippling surface and offering the light yellows and neutral grays, amongst its 48 colors, that Janel alludes to.

It is safe to say that many designers and sophisticated homeowners will consider  Radiant Orchid, the  Pantone Color of the Year – 2014 to be somewhat playful. Fair enough! Since Country Floors has showrooms across the United States and now in Puerto Rico, why not stop in and learn more about the Luminere Collection  and lets have some fun working with it and Radiant Orchid. As always, thanks for reading!