Pantone released it's color for the new year: Radiant Orchid. Read more here.

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Here's a quote from the Pantone site:

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

If you like purple, this may be your year, but I'm not persuaded that this is my color of the year. As it turns out, the choice of emerald last year didn't do much for me either. Have you noticed a lot of emerald out there in the real world? I have not. And I haven't used much, if any, emerald in my quilts. However, I would like to find a little bit of this purple in fabric… it's a hard color to find much of.

In related Pantone color news, my son, Chris, told me about @everycolorbot on twitter. If you follow @everycolorbot you will be tweeted a random Pantone color every hour. If for no other reason than it makes scanning through your tweets prettier, it's worth following. (As you can see from my phone's screenshot, I don't follow a huge number of folks on twitter.)


5 thoughts on “Orchid?

  1. DMC 209, I would say. It looks great with the whole range of bluey greens from aqua through to chartreuse. Even emerald!
    Like Paula, I am ahead of the curve for once! Last summer I made a concious effort to buy and use more purple in my projects. Purple was like a blind spot for me, I just never came home with it. Fortunately, the owner of my nearest LQS loves purple, so I was able to find just what I wanted!


  2. I’m trying this as my laptop background today. It’s kind of nice but I’m not totally wowed. Emerald was NOT a favorite. I didn’t even consider putting it anywhere. So radiant orchid is better than emerald!


  3. I think you are right. It’s difficult to find this shade in fabric right now since purples have been out of fashion. I actually like the color but can’t find any solids in this range at any of my local fabric stores.


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