The Color of the Year for 2014 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Move over Emerald, there’s a new hot color in town. Get ready to embrace purple in the new year.

Pantone has crowned “Radiant Orchid” as the “2014 Color of the Year.” Pantone calls this attention-getting hue a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” that is expected to catch on in everything from home interiors, accent pieces, and accessories to clothing lines in 2014.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Pantone says the color complements olive and deeper hunter greens as well as makes a great combo when paired with turquoise, teal, and light yellows. It can also help liven up neutrals, such as gray, beige, and taupe.

Radiant Orchid will replace the 2013 color of the year, Emerald.

Here are a few examples from Houzz of how the color is being incorporated into interior spaces:

What do you think of this year’s color of the year? Is there a place for more purple in home interiors?

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Donna Tidwell

    Interesting…I’ll wait to make major changes to my décor until I see the 2015 Color of the year.

  2. My favorite color… just few months ago we bought our house on “Purple Sage Dr.” and I’ve painted my master suite different shades of purple… I think it looks beautiful 🙂

  3. We were looking for a color to paint my office wall. I think we’ve found it!

  4. Wow, this is usually a difficult colour to make work. I think the idea of having purple as a subtle feature colour really works well.

  5. I really like how it complements a black and white kitchen walls. It accentuates one side of the room – making it more vibrant.