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Pantone color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid

Pantone color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid
Color forecaster Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as its color of the year for 2014. (Pantone)

Emerald green is so 2013. Say hello to Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014.

Those not familiar with phalaenopsis may wonder: What, exactly, is Radiant Orchid?

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In the company's annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" that "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health."

How much weight do these Pantone predictions carry?

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last spring, Emerald -- Pantone's color of the year for 2013 -- could be found seemingly everywhere: Bernhardt furniture, acoustic wall textiles, Ikea velvet sofas.

Radiant Orchid has already premiered in spring 2014 fashion collections by Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi.

Bottom line: Prepare yourself for purple furniture, pink poufs, fuchsia bedding and perhaps Radiant Orchid gowns at this year's Oscars.

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