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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pantone's Color of 2014

"Radiant Orchid"

This is one of my least favorite colors on the planet. It looks cheap and down-market and reminds me of the paint job in the locker room of a Jazzercise studio circa 1992.

Dumplings, what are your thoughts?

20 comments:

Mar gar et said...

Bridesmaid, 1986.

Rashon Carraway said...

Well. lol (seriously trying to keep my composure while reading your candid comments).

In a room. I cant do it.
As a point of menswear, I am all over it.

Lavendar, Purple, Lilac and "Radiant Orchid" compliments my skin tone.

Wait is this color also called fuchsia? Looks like it.


Mr.Goodwill Hunting

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Very disappointing indeed. I concur your thoughts. Dated but in a way where it was never fashionable even way back when...

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Oh thank heavens! I clicked on the blog with a sigh expecting to read the praises of that butt ugly color. I have a serious, viscerally negative reaction to it and all its Kirkland's-esque aura.

David said...

Not a fan. Then again, I've hated every one they've decided upon so far.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I completely agree. What were they thinking?!! I did like last year's color very much.

Elizabeth said...

It's not so very different from the Honeysuckle a few years back, is it? Someone at Pantone likes painful pinks.

Merlyn Corcoran said...

Hooked on Houses reported on the Pantone color and the image she used is very different - certainly not fuschia
http://hookedonhouses.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Pantone-Color-of-the-Year-2014-Radiant-Orchid.jpg
Monitor colors can vary so much also.

Raina Cox said...

Merlyn Corcoran - If you google "Pantone Radiant Orchid," you will see many shades. You will notice I downloaded the official Pantone swatch.

gmjl said...

Does this mean I have to repaint my emerald green walls?

Raina Cox said...

Mar gar et - Nailed it.

Rashon Carraway - The fact that I look awful in this color is a big reason for my intense dislike. ;)

Coulda shoulda woulda - My dislike for that shade has only grown in the past twenty years. And why is it always paired with teal?

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde - Honey, never loose your faith in me!

The Pink Pagoda - This one surprised me, given the prominence of that peacock/teal shade that has dominated of late.

Elizabeth - "Painful pinks" is brilliant!

gmjl - Ha! Life's only certainty is change.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Agreed. It's god-awful. So prom dress pink. Am I right?

Raina Cox said...

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs - Dead on.

Leslie at Lekalia Interiors said...

Oh boy, I know I'm in the minority here, but this color makes me smile! It's the color of my bedroom circa 1969. Think Carol Burnett, Twiggy, Cher (with Sonny), Three Dog Night, the Sears catalog ---Sweet times!

The Down East Dilettante said...

It's going o be a long year

Annette said...

I'm with Leslie at Lekalia Interiors and her references -- I have (now) vintage pants this color from Ralph Lauren and whenever I wear them, I'm approached by smiling strangers saying they love the color. In the right hands and on quality fabrications, this color is gorgeous.

An Urban Cottage said...

It's been three years since I learned of Pantone's obvious pin-the-tail-on-the-dumb-ass color game and I'm wondering why we care anymore. It's great self-promotion on their part kind of like Amazon's announcement of delivery drones on Cyber Monday. Or maybe I'm just Jaded Pinka Smith which I predict will be Pantone's color next year.

Raina Cox said...

An Urban Cottage - You're exactly right. It helps sell all of those awful coffee mugs lazy museum shop buyers foist on the public. And I will fully support your brilliant selection of "Jaded Pinka Smith."

a bit of earth said...

Actually this is the color of every 4-year old girl's favorite dress, shortie-set, jellie shoes, purse, footie socks, pajamas, bedspread, and Barbie Car. Which is why by the age of six we all hated it, and still do.
Maybe they went overboard with "Bring Your Daughters to Work" this year? That's mean, I'm sorry.

Joni Webb said...

well - i would like it on a white linen - in velvet - as a pillow. naturally. haha! not much else.