Radiant Orchid Color of the Year
Radiant Orchid, a pinkish purple (or is it a purplish pink?), has been named the Pantone Institute 2014 Color of the Year.
I actually have an orchid that is this color. In phalaenopsis orchids, it’s rather common. I’m not sure why the color is called “Radiant,” though. Perhaps it has a counterpart named Gloomy Orchid. If you ask me, those people at the Pantone Institute have way too much time on their hands. They probably chose this name after a week-long, top-secret filibuster at their hidden fortress, high up in the Himalayas.
But I digress! Radiant Orchid beat out two other horticulture-inspired colors: Skunk Cabbage and Stinking Hellebore. Okay, I made that last part up, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if they gave colors names like that? Why am I not a member of the Pantone Institute? Is it like Mensa? Do I need to write a test to get in? This is really going to bug me until I find out . . .