Category Archives: Color Trends

What’s so great about Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid?

Pantone made its big announcement today that its 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid.

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What’s so interesting about that?

Most interior designers and bloggers are not that excited about it. Of course, a few are, but really, when was the last time you walked into a house with a lavender living room? The most I see is an occasional bedroom (it would be lovely in a master bedroom and I have a similar color in my daughter’s bedroom).

From a fashion standpoint, the color makes more sense as it can enliven your wardrobe with a punch of color and it works well with both silver and gold accents!

What I notice is that it’s the first time in several years that a color with a hint of grey in it (a “dirty” or “earthy” color) has been used.

Granted, it’s not SUPER earthy, but it is definitely a bit toned down as well as lighter than the past few years’ worth of super bright colors, which you could totally pair together, while Radiant Orchid would look out of place!

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So to me, that signals that even though this pretty lavender color still works with the “it” neutral grey,

it is a first step back toward the earth tones that will eventually bring back beiges and browns again!

In fact, it might be just the thing to update your espresso brown leather sofa!

What do you think? Will this be the beginning of the end for GREY????

Benjamin Moore 2014 Color Palette

Every year various paint and color consulting companies project what they think the upcoming trends will be. This year Benjamin Moore, the paint company I use as the basis for my color consulting, chose a fresh, soft palette with what they are calling “The New Neutrals”. The colors are soft and like pastels but with a slightly muted undertone to keep them more sophisticated and less like “Easter Egg” or “Candy”. Benjamin Moore 2014 Color Palette jpg I think the colors in your home should reflect your personality and desires. However, knowing that these colors are up-and-coming can help you determine what direction you want to take when mixing in your own favorites! Keep in mind when buying finishes such as tile, countertops, carpet, and large furniture items, that these items will boss around the entire look of each room and they are crucial to get correct!

If you need help figuring out how to make your existing home feel more put-together and flow beautifully, give me a call or email to schedule your own personal paint and finishes consultation!