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Agape for Grape


When you were just a little toddler, if you ever finger-painted a freeform mural of purple jelly across the kitchen wall, you’ll be happy to learn that your parents were wrong when they punished you and called you a brat. Truth is, you were really just a little genius who was way ahead of your time. That’s because Pantone, one of the foremost color authorities in the world, has just announced the color of the year for 2014-- purple.



Actually, the color is called Radiant Orchid. And according to Leatric Eiseman who is the executive director for the Pantone Color Institute, Radiant Orchid is a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.

It’s an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” She continues to say that this color speaks to our society’s focus on innovation with its “expanded creativity and originality.” Here are some ways Pantone suggests using it:

With shades of blue

With other purples

With olive and deeper hunter greens

With spring greens

With gray, beige or taupe


Not to be outdone, Sherwin-Williams announced its own color of the year for 2014—Exclusive Plum.

Yes, that’s a purple too. According to the company’s director of color marketing, Jackie Jordan, she chose Exclusive Plum for its “mystical and experimental qualities” that remind her of elixirs and brews. Hoping to stay away from ‘overly pink tones’, which are "too bright, too garish and tricky to work with,” Jordan calls Sherwin-Williams ‘ shadowy Exclusive Plum a more practical yet sophisticated "adult purple"  that is easier to work with. 

Whichever direction you favor, it’s nice to know that if you’re suddenly inspired to start painting purple all over your kitchen walls again, you won’t be punished.  Instead, you’ll be praised for your modern tastes and creative imagination.