Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Colors of 2014

Pantone, Radiant Orchid, color trend
There was tremendous buzz when Pantone announced their color of 2014, Radiant Orchid. I have always been partial to this shade and I am sure we’ll see it in fashion and home furnishings. I see it used for a bit of punch and used with turquoise, teal and chartreuse. Though “Radiant Orchid” received most of the color trend headlines many other forecasters have developed their top 2014 colorways.

indigo, Marissa Mayer, Dick Gentry, Yahoo
My color of the year is a medium-dark Indigo.  I noticed Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, gave this week’s keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And what is she wearing? You guessed it, a beautiful indigo blue dress that just happens to coordinate with Yahoo’s background colors.  Is this a seed of a trend?

Sherwin-Williams, Exclusive Plum, gold, gray, white
Sherwin-Williams’ 2014 top pick is “Exclusive plum.” It’s a sophisticated purple-violet that works brilliantly with gold, gray and white. Like Radiant Orchid, it works well with chartreuse. 

Pittsburgh Paints, Oakleaf, yellow, color trends
Pittsburgh Paints picked “Oakleaf” as their color of the year. It is a buttery yellow that is bright and cheery.
They say it “brings warmth in harmonious living and deep appreciation for the surrounding natural elements.”

Benjamin Moore, pale blue, Breath of Fresh Air
I love Benjamin Moore’s very pale blue “It Color” for 2014 they call “Breath of Fresh Air.” They are marketing it as a new neutral, gentle and encouraging comfort and simplicity. I can see it with sleek silver and chrome, browns and tan, and clean whites.

Delux Paint, Private Lagoon, color trend, teal
The Dulux Paint Company features “Private Lagoon” as their 2014 top trend color. It is a beautiful medium teal. It is a color I see ascending in the home furnishings arena this year and next.

Color Marketing Group, fashion, jewelry, 2014+ World Palette, color trends
The Color Marketing Group is one of the world’s most influential color forecasters. Their picks influence everything from fashion, jewelry, home goods, automobiles and industrial design. Their 2014+ World Palette was first formulated in 2012!

Wesco Fabrics, Magellan, embroidered medallion, indigo, orchid
Wesco Fabrics left nothing to chance with the hues of pattern Magellan, an embroidered medallion on cotton. We’ve got the Medium-Indigo and also the Radiant Orchid covered.

Images: Wesco Fabrics, Pantone, CMG, and Kate Smith’s great color site, “Sensational Color.”

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