Following 2013's Emerald Green, Pantone is suggesting Radiant Orchid as the shade that summarises the overall colour trends of 2014.

The rosy pink (aka Pantone 18-3224) represents a healthy glow, making projects that use it appear more energetic, says Pantone. The colour system developer sees it being combined with reds for a seductive look, or accented with similar shades of lavender, purple and pink – or contrasted with deep greens or turquoise. 

Pantone says its sees the colour being used to these ends across fashion, beauty and interiors – as well as advertising, graphic design and art. It notes the colour appears in the spring collections of fashion labels such as Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi.

We're going to take Pantone's interpretation with a pinch of salt though, as Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute describes its choice of the 2013 Colour of the Year as a "symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity" – which is an odd thing to apply to a year where the phrase 'austerity Britain' was overused to the point of cliché.

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