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2014 Is Going To Be So '80s, According To Pantone's Color Of The Year (PHOTOS)

When Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year, we had a nagging suspicion we'd seen it somewhere before.

"Radiant Orchid" isn't just a warmed up, more vibrant version of the purple color paint brand Sherwin Williams previously named next year's hottest hue, but a color that Pantone itself highlighted among one pastel-loving decade's biggest influences -- the 1980s.

According to the color authority, who looked at 50 years of color trends in this infographic, the 80s were a time when the economy turned around, vibrant colors made a comeback and, well, purple reigned.

Here's a look at 80s orchid and how far the hue has come (after the jump).

Then...
pantone color of the year

And now...

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