pantone’s color of the year for 2014: radiant orchid

It’s official! Pantone’s new color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. I’ve got to admit that I’m thrilled that we’re going to be seeing this gorgeous pinkish purple everywhere now. It’s such an easy color for most skin tones to wear and its femininity makes it absolutely perfect for a wedding palette.

Pantone Radiant Orchid |

Radiant Orchid is a pretty, warm, energetic hue and a really sharp contrast to last year’s emerald. The vibrancy of Radiant Orchid is going to make its way into weddings everywhere from the color of a bride’s nail polish and lipstick to the floral design and everything in-between.

Because Radiant Orchid is a nuanced color it will change slightly depending on what it is paired with. For this wedding inspiration board I wanted to pull some of the pinks out of it and balance its warmth with a cool powder blue. Plus, a touch of gold is never amiss at a wedding and yes – those are glitter unicorn escort cards!

Details to adore:

Gold glitter unicorn escort card |
Pantone Radiant Orchid wedding inspiration |


photo credits: sparkling purple Kate Spade shoes from Snippet & Ink, photographed by Scott Andrew Studio // bride via Once Wed, photographed by Brumley and Wells, bouquet by The Informal Florist // beet kavass drink from The Chalkboard Magazine // centerpiece via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Trent Bailey, designed by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design // lounge via The Knot // glitter unicorn escort cards from Green Weddings Shoes, photographed by Kelly Braman Photography, created by Hey Gorgeous Events.

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Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Absolutely beautiful!!!! I love the Pantone color of the year for 2014. Cannot wait to see the Radiant Orchid color makes its way to the wedding scene. And this has to be a record for an inspiration board. The unveil of the color just happened last night! You are good!!!!!

    • LOL thanks 😉 It’s one time that I really appreciate the Hawaiian time zone… the ‘unveil’ was still pretty early in the evening here!

  2. Can we say OBSESSED?! This shade is truly stunning and I love the lounge area with the soft blue paired with the Radiant Orchid color, gorgeous combination! …and those glitter unicorn escort cards are amazing to say the least!!

  3. So gorgeous. Love this board and very excited to see the color pop up in styled shoots and weddings.

  4. A color that most people will love to find coordinating colors for!

  5. Oh my goodness, purple gold and unicorns?! This is a wedding made for a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon 😉

  6. Beautiful, my friend! I’ll just consider you my official Pantone Color of the Year announcer from here on out! 🙂

  7. What a beautiful bride – I love how the orchid complements her red hair and milky skin. And I couldn’t help but grin when I saw that you included glitter unicorns…I expect nothing less from you 😉

  8. Love, love & love. I am revamping/branding myself right now and would love to see these colors on the color wheel. Is there somewhere that I can access color codes? Thanks for the post!!


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