Have you ever wondered what exactly is Pantone? Those who know me well are aware of my obsession with color and have heard me refer to this word a lot!
Most commonly known in the design world, Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color matching systems to various industries. Examples of these color-critical industries include fashion, architecture, construction, paint manufacturing, digital technology, plastics and home interior design. Recently, Pantone has become more mainstream due to wider exposure from outlets like Pinterest, who highlight Pantone’s “Color of the Year” selection and merchandise. (Follow Pantone on Pinterest here.)
In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created this innovative color matching system to solve color discrepancies due to the spectrum being interpreted differently by individuals and various companies.
Pantone Color of the Year
On an annual basis, Pantone and its secret color committee meet over two days of presentations and debate to select their Color of the Year for the upcoming year and publish in Pantone View ($750). Fashion designers, florists, and a wide variety of other consumer-oriented companies use this to help guide their designs and roadmap for future products. The color typically reflects where they see trends moving based on the world’s cultural, social, artistic and technological status.
“Radiant Orchid” was declared the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year.
Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, explains how Radiant Orchid was chosen for 2014:
“I look for ascending color trends, colors that are being used in broader ways and broader context than before…In this case, Radiant Orchid descends from the purple family, which is kind of a magical color that denotes creativity and innovation. Purple is just that kind of a complex, interesting, attracting kind of color…[The] back-story to purple is that it inspires confidence in your creativity, and we’re living in a world where that kind of creative innovation is greatly admired. In the world of color, purple is an attention-getter, and it has a meaning. It speaks to people, and we felt that it was time for the purple family to be celebrated. That’s why we chose the particular shade called Radiant Orchid.”
Rick Debus, “Signazon Spotlight: Lee Eiseman, Pantone – Part 1”, Signazon Tips & Guides
Below are some of examples of how this beautiful, vibrant hue has influenced interiors over the past year!
Wondering about past Pantone Colors of the Year???
2000- Cerulean Blue
2001- Fuchsia Rose
2002- True Red
2003- Aqua Sky
2005- Blue Turquoise
2006- Sand Dollar
2007- Chili Pepper
2008- Blue Iris
2012- Tangerine Tango
With the help of The Savory, here are my early predictions for 2015’s Pantone Color of the year.
Inspired by your local farmers market….
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