Funny thing happened this weekend while at the local Home Improvement store – I learned the official 2014 Color of the Year! Not what you would expect to learn while looking for light fixtures, lumber and nails. But there it was, right up front near the check out registers, 4′ high in the paint department.

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color of the year, and that selection has a big impact on design, art and fashion. 2014 is the year of “Radiant Orchid” – guess I better start working that into some template designs!

Radiant Orchid is “an invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” It is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones… (that) inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute director.

– Troy @ TLC