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Drumroll Please! The Official “It” Color Of 2014 Is…

Submitted by on December 11, 2013 – 10:00 amOne Comment

Barney is about to have the best year ever. The powers that be at The Pantone Color Institute have announced that “Radiant Orchid,” the Friendly Dinosaur’s plum-tinged hue, has been chosen as the “It Color” of 2014.

“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,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, just said in a news release. “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.”

Pantone began announcing the “It” color back in 2000. So how does a shade earn the crown? According to the official website, “to distill the prevailing mood into a single hue, the PCI team, led by executive Eiseman, combs the world looking for future design and color influences, watching out for that one color seen as ascending and building in importance through all creative sectors. Influences can include the entertainment industry, upcoming films, art, emerging artists, travel destinations and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, lifestyles + playstyles, new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention. With each unique color shade having its own special symbolism, an additional key consideration is the emotional component and the inherent meaning of the color.”

Take a look at a decade of Pantone’s color winners below. Do you think Radiant Orchid, described as “captivating, magical, enchanting, an invitation to innovation, modern, versatile and encouraging creativity and originality,” is worthy to be called the color of 2014?

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