Radiant Orchid is a brighter, fresher tone than the lowly, greyish mauve of yore. Picture: Website screenshot

London - If you’re looking to glam up your lounge for the holidays, you’re in luck. Pantone has released the name of its 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

The colour is described by the Pantone colour wizards as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones”.

Pantone should know. It is a major colour authority and provides colour forecasts to many industries, including home design, fashion, beauty, graphic design and product packaging.

Most millennials won’t remember this, but in the 1980s, there was a colour similar to Radiant Orchid that we called mauve. Mauve was hugely popular and eventually became a bad cliché, a colour found in doctor’s offices and really ugly large lamps. Every new home in every complex had rooms painted mauve.

Thank goodness that a close look at Radiant Orchid reveals a brighter, fresher tone than the lowly, greyish mauve of yore.

Jessica Bantom, a colour consultant, says she checked out Radiant Orchid and found it refreshing.

“It’s something a little lighter, because the last few colours of the year have been pretty bold,” she says. Bantom’s referring to Pantone’s 2013 choice, Emerald, and 2012’s Tangerine Tango – two out-there colours.

“This Radiant Orchid has a different kind of vibe to it,” Bantom says. “It’s a pastel, but not the old-fashioned, old-lady pastel. It’s exciting, and I have seen it coming out in cosmetics. It will be interesting to see how it’s applied in interiors.”

Bantom adds that she thinks she’ll use it as an accent for bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms, but that she won’t paint a whole room in the colour for now.

Pantone says it has chosen the colour because it produces a rosy glow when worn, looks good as a lipstick and, in interiors, is a nice combination with olive, hunter green and turquoise. - The Washington Post