Color Schemes for the 2014 Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid, 2014 color of the year (Rena Klingenberg) Pantone has just announced its 2014 Color of the Year:

It’s called Radiant Orchid – and Pantone describes it as an “expressive, creative and embracing purple” that embodies love, joy, and health.

This color is a blend of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.

I created seven fun color schemes for Radiant Orchid, to help you come up with ways to use this Color of the Year in your jewelry designs if you wish.

In each of these color schemes, Radiant Orchid is at the far left.

Bright Color Scheme:

These saturated versions of green, blue, and fuchsia bring out the softer character of this orchid.

Bright Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Neutral Color Scheme:

Two pleasant tints of khaki plus a purplish gray make a nice backdrop that keeps orchid as the main attraction.

Neutral Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Rich Color Scheme:

Radiant Orchid works as a pastel accent in the company of these deep, rich shades.

Rich Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Bold, Vibrant Color Scheme:

Although the black and neons radiate a lot of power, the orchid can still hold its own with them.

Bold, Vibrant Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Soft, Misty Color Scheme:

Here Radiant Orchid works well with the palette of a misty seascape.

Soft, Misty Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Sunny Color Scheme:

Although I think of orchid as a cool color, it makes a good companion for the warm sunshine yellows here.

Sunny Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Fresh Color Scheme:

Radiant Orchid is a perfect color for Springtime palettes and floral designs.

Fresh Spring Color Scheme for Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year (color scheme by Rena Klingenberg).

Thoughts on the
2014 color of the year

Personally, I like it.

It’s a color I can wear – and as you can see above, it works well with a variety of other colors.

What are your thoughts on Radiant Orchid?

Are you likely to use it in your jewelry (or would you design jewelry to go with clothes in that color)?

Do you have a favorite of the palettes I put together above?

(My favorite is the Sunny Color Scheme.)

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  1. says

    I do like this colour, and would wear it or create with it. I think my favourite is the Bright colour scheme, although I do like the Sunny very much as well.

  2. Alice says

    Love the color. I like that it’s flexible and can look great with so many other colors!! I’m feeling inspired!

  3. Elaine says

    Love the color and the palettes you used with it. but it’s a difficult color for me to wear. I will be using it for the upcoming year in my jewelry without a doubt because many people will love this color.

  4. Luz Urena says

    Hi Rena: I love this color!! My favorites are the neutral and the rich color schemes. I will definately use these in my jewlery designs next year. Thanks for these.

  5. Beverly Holman says

    Love the colors. Thank you for putting the color schemes together. It is hard to chose a favorite but have too, it will be between rich, fresh and sunny colors. I have problems, at times, mixing colors but seeing them together increases my design ideas. For 2014, I plan to use them all in my jewelry designs. I use Kazuri beads from Kenya and they have all of these colors ( or close to them).

  6. Susan says

    This was my Mom’s fav color! I love it, too. Can’t wait to start designing with this color in mind. Hard to decide which palette I like best, but am leaning toward Rich and Bright. Gorgeous!

  7. says

    I love the idea that you put together the 7 color schemes. That will really help me in making next years color decisions. Usually I go with a plan but get so overwhelmed that I end up buying this n that. My favorite is the Rich color scheme. Thanks so much, I just love your site. I look forward to receiving your newsletter. I feel like that robot from short circuit, more input, more input!

  8. says

    Great idea to put together this variety of color palette with the Orchid. What I noticed is that whether intentional or not, you have shown how this particular purple could be used “seasonally” or throughout the year. Your favorite Sunny or Vibrant palette for summer, and Misty or Rich for fall/winter jewelry. Does that make sense?

  9. Diane says

    Rena, I want to thank you for putting Radiant Orchid into these color schemes. I am now looking at it with “new eyes.” I wasn’t sure I liked the color, it seemed either “too” something or “not enough.” It’s hard to explain, but when I had seen it before, it jut didn’t set right with me. I am particularly drawn to the soft, misty and like the rest with the exception of the bold, vibrant.

  10. says

    so very inspired!!
    and so generous of you to share with us not one, not two, but 7!! color schemes!
    I use all shades of purple a lot, both in clothing and in jewelry. I will use this new color in my designs, both for me and for selling.
    my favorite scheme is fresh, with misty as a far second 😉
    have a wonderful year, and a very, very cheerful holiday season!!

  11. Marcia Hooten says

    Love your color palletes. My favorite is the rich colors. Then the soft and misty. I didn’t realize I had so many beads in my stash that would go together. Merry Christmas.

  12. says

    Personally I love this colour. Its one that suits most skin types and doesnt wash out us over 40s. Love the color schemes you have come up with. Now all i need to do is buy more beads! Any excuse! :-)

  13. says

    I like RO very much, as the purple family is my favorite. I have more beads, crystals and gemstones in this color family than any other. I really like the Rich and Neutral palettes, which also show my like of muted hues.

    Rena, do you (or any other commenters) have advice about how to determine a most balanced or pleasing use of these palettes by deciding proportions, or ratios, for each of the 4 colors in the palette? Aside from experimenting and testing different combos out, do you have any thoughts/guidelines on ways to utilize the 4 colors across components in a design?

    For example, it probably wouldn’t look good to use all 4 colors equally in certain designs. Or perhaps, it is better to use warm colors as focals and cool or neutrals as background? Or pair bright colors with smaller bead sizes to balance larger, muted beads? I dunno!

    I’m just throwing random concepts out there, but would love to hear about anyone’s real-life experiences in utilizing palettes you’ve found or created.

    Thanks, Rena, for putting together some nice combos!

  14. Beverly Holman says

    Suggestion: if you live or go to Lowe’s, check out the paint section. They have all of the Pantone color cards. You can get them and make swatches of the color schemes to carry with you when selecting beads. Don’t know if it’s at Home Depot. Using the paint color cards is a good way of matching colors.

  15. Kate says

    I picked the Fresh scheme for myself, as I wear these all the time. Just throw in some black stuff now and again.
    This idea is great. Linda asked how do other designers mix their colour beads in a piece. I have been wondering the same thing and thought I would try a 50% – 30% – 15% – and a 5% What does anyone think? I’ll be back into beading when we settle into our new house from next Tuesday yay!
    Loved the article.

  16. Apu says

    Rena, I’m just loving your newsletter… What was a chance discovery is now something I look forward to. The information, discussions and the beautiful tutorials…. I’m a beginner in this field of jewelry making and appreciate all the information you so freely share:)
    Thank you!

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