The news is out: radiant orchid is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. You may have even heard that Sherwin-Williams opted for exclusive plum, Benjamin Moore for breath of fresh air, Dulux for teal, and PPG for turning oakleaf.
Combine the lot of them with Pantone’s top 2014 spring fashion tone, dazzling blue, and you even have a great color palette for a future project. But what are the overall color trends for interior designs in 2014?
The industry’s capacity for rapid reproduction means that what we see on the fashion catwalks takes little time to filter into the home, generally starting with accessories and accent pieces before making the transition to larger-scale, higher-investment items. The use of color is fascinating to observe. While each color body and/or manufacturer has at least one dominant neutral color scheme within its 2014 trend palettes, bolder color definitely comes into play.
Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint, explains that with the 2014 palette, “we’ll see novel shades and unexpected combinations of colors in the year ahead in all areas of home decor — reds are more tangy, oranges are more expressive, greens are more jeweled, and blues are more tropical.”
Indeed, there was a shift to deeper, richer tones throughout fall 2013. Colors remain bright, bold and playful, which is a continuation — and furtherance — of current trends. Darker shades of gray are again (or still) being universally dubbed “the new black,” and gray undertones persist in influencing many of the most appealing shades, earthy hues and neutrals among them.
But 2014 also draws attention to blues, purples and pinks. A few could be branded “pastels,” but more often than not, the tones are lively and bold. Consider some of the following descriptions from the Pantone View home and interiors 2014 trend palettes:
• a melding of both vibrant and deep hues … intertwined in intriguingly inventive color combinations
• colors of power and energy counter-balanced by the … hues that express the necessity for introspection and calm
• both svelte and voluptuous … attention to detail and the drama of high fashion … can be theatrical in nature
• a sense of adventure, wit, experimentation and discovery … “tongue in cheek” in attitude and highly original in color juxtapositioning and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations
• a symphony of elevated and voluptuous color to … evoke an atmosphere full of vivid richness and blissful excess
Reds will deviate from the berry tones of recent years toward more energetic reds with orange undertones. Pair these emboldened hues with rich jewel tones, elegant darks, warm browns, spicy oranges or other bright hues.
Oranges move away from the more citrus-like tones of late to a spicier, earthy palette. Though these new orange hues lack the pink undertones of prior seasons, they look fantastic with pastel pinks and grays, or can be tempered with more complementary dark blues and turquoise.
Yellows have returned in a big way with a resurgence in gold and brass tones. While just about anything will go, look for a greater dominance among softer, more delicate yellows, such as PPG’s 2014 color of the year, turning oakleaf.
Greens made a strong comeback in 2013 with the strength of emerald and other jewel tones. With the prevalence of blues and grays, it should come as no surprise that greens will lean more toward the blue spectrum, embracing hybrids such as teal. Watery palettes, combining multiple shades of greens and blues, will no doubt be a favorite. Based on early trend palettes for 2015, expect to see more green, both directly and as undertones for prominent blues and yellows as 2014 draws to a close.
Blues will favor the ocean, from tropical paradise to deepest sea. With all the agates and high-sheen finishes seen at the High Point fall market, expect blue to sparkle.
Violets are moving along two distinct pathways, as is evidenced by Pantone’s radiant orchid versus Sherwin-Williams’ exclusive plum. The red-purples are more daring and thought provoking, while the blue-purples are much softer, bringing with them a certain tranquility.
For those who like a less vivid approach to color, boldness and vibrancy are counter-balanced by sophistication and simple elegance, using colors that are unassuming and that harmonize rather than fighting for center stage.
A more muted approach displays subtlety in the transition between tones within a particular scheme, presenting a more classic, timeless feel. Keep in mind that “timeless” does not necessarily equate to an abundance of typical neutral tones. There is plenty of room for experimentation; use it!
Christina Mogk is the lead designer for Mecc Interiors Inc., an accredited and award-winning Toronto-based design studio specializing in mindful, easy, classic, confident interior decorating, interior design solutions and project management for residential clients.