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Pantone describes Radiant Orchid as a blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink that, "blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination." It reminds me of Prince. P.S. I love Prince.

2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Let's get to know each other a little bit better, shall we? I'm obsessed with color. Along with my virtual shrines to Don Draper and Rock Hudson, I have entire Pinterest boards devoted to color - color palette crushes, tons of individual color boards, boards for groups of colors, and even one called Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Yes, I give my Pinterest boards fun names sometimes. Doesn't everyone? Wait...hey...come back.

One of my favorite parts of being a graphic designer is creating inspiration boards and choosing the color palettes for my projects. I like to work in tandem with my client, going back and forth on Pinterest describing their essence and aesthetic with curated images and splashes of color rather than words.

The big reveal of the Pantone Color of the Year is sort of like Christmas morning for me. My favorite of Pantone's recent picks was 2012's Tangerine Tango. I just happened to be using that color for my website at the time, and when Pantone deemed it Color-of-the-Year worthy I loved it even more.

When I first met the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, I was stumped. It reminded me of some of my favorite shades of the Esprit clothes that held my loyalty throughout the 80s. It was Purple Rain all over again, but now I'm almost 45 instead of 15. So what is someone who just isn't that into purple (excuse me, "Radiant Orchid") supposed to do?

First, I tried to remind myself that no one is making me paint my walls purple. Although, last time I toured the Bemis Building artist live/work spaces in SoDo, I saw someone rock a purple accent wall like nobody's business. She was using antlers before antlers was even "a thing." I don't think I could personally live with it on that grand of a scale, but I think it's pleasant enough to dash in bits of it here and there. That's how I would use it.