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2014 Color Of The Year Radiant Orchid

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky

It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone I talk to recently is so ready for this year to be over. 2013 was the first year in recent memory where I wanted each day to last a little longer.

Turmoil in the form of losing my joy, downsizing my apartment, and having two eye surgeries were a little stressful. Nothing beat the joyful moments of the birth of my first grandchild and treasuring the people in my life.

If there’s one takeaway from this year it’s this: I will continue to live in the present moment. So while anticipating the coming of 2014 I’m going to savor today, the last day of 2013.

How Can A Blind Person Appreciate Color?

Radiant Orchid, if you don’t know already, is the color of the year for 2014. According to Pantone, Radiant Orchid is described as: “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.

Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

The description of Radiant Orchid is such a lovely portrayal of the color. However, what does this mean to someone who cannot see? When I think of explaining color to someone who has never seen it, I think of the adage “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

It’s true some of us with vision impairments can still see and appreciate color, It’s also true that some of us have no concept of color. For a person who is born totally blind (without light perception), color is an abstract theory. While there are no easy answers, I like how Tommy Edison attempts to describe color in this video: What color means to blind people.

If we can agree on feelings evoked by descriptions of color, this gives those of us in the blind community a starting point to appreciate color on a different level. Color plays a major role in fashion and being aware of colors can be helpful when buying apparel, cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories.

You can have so much fun enhancing what you already have in wardrobe with pieces that incorporate trending colors. While all colors and types of clothing do not work for everyone, you should go with what works best for you.

Next week I’ll continue the discussion on color and how you can include various colored pieces into your wardrobe.

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

3 thoughts on “2014 Color Of The Year Radiant Orchid

  1. Thanks for the reminder to be present. It’s so powerful. A color of the year? How fascinating! I’m going to look further into that – I wonder what color it was the year I was born…HNY!

    1. Thanks Lib, yeah, I’m not sure how far they go back but I just found all the info on the website fascinating.

    2. And it also gives me another reason to buy more jewelry. I may be living under a bridge soon but I’ll be decked out (no pun intended).

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