I suppose I'm a little late, but I need anyway to share with you my enthusiasm for the color of the year 2014. Its name is Radiant Orchid, and its id number 18-3224.
When it was announced, many have protested for this particular nuance is to be handle with caution, but I personally love it! Surely it's less ordinary (...pardon!) than the latest color of the year 2013, 2012, 2011.
Which are the criteria Pantone uses to pick a colour rather than another? A brief answer from the press release makes it almost clear:
"[...] The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention."
It seems then Radiant Orchid "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health." I personally think it well combines with neutrals, from light grey to beige. It doesn't surprise me that on Etsy it's already a new trend!
Have a great Valentine's Day, and week end!