Many of the major paint companies have already released their new paint line ups for 2014. Pantone also announced its Fashion Color Report for spring 2014 in September. The color that appears to be the favorite for 2014 is blue. Muted, serene, and simplicity were the words used to describe this year’s color line up by paint giants Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. From Pantone’s report, their palate ranged from muted and simplistic to vivid and bold. While making color decisions based on trends isn’t always a good idea, it’s a nice place to start looking for colors that maybe around for a while.
Why look to the paint companies for color trends?
Paint companies can track what’s happening in color trends in real time. Based on what consumers are buying, and tracking the slightest change in what’s being purchased, they can predict where the trend is heading. Their forecasts are built on this information and can be the most current look at what people are truly looking for in colors for their homes.
In Sherwin Williams’ 2014 Color Forecast, they offer four pallets, each with their own intrinsic personalities:
-Reasoned – a neutral pallet with nice grays with layer subtle undertones. One to watch from this would be Crushed Ice (7647). It’s a warmer gray that is simple without being sterile.
-Diaphanous – soft smoky colors that are light, delicate, and ephemeral. A nice selection here would be Balanced Beige (SW 7037)
-Intrinsic – a riot of colors that evoke the feelings of a fiesta. Georgian Bay (SW 6509) would be a good choice for staying with the 2014 trend of blue.
-Curiosity – “Where mad science meets fantasy.” The colors are muted with mostly dark blues, browns, and grays.
In their Color Trends 2014, Benjamin Moore presented Breath of Fresh Air (806) as its 2014 color of the year. A bit lighter than their ever popular Palladian Blue (HC 144), it will prove to be a go-to color for any room. The colors offered are a wonderful array of neutrals that will match each other, so that each room will work with and transition into another. The colors are softer and lighter,
without being too “candy” or “Easter Egg.” Another color to watch from Benjamin Moore is Van Deusen Blue (HC-156), which pairs well with Breath of Fresh Air.
The color juggernaut Pantone is the global authority on color and provides professional color standards for design industries. When they talk colors, people listen. The 10 colors that they’re talking about for the women’s spring fashion line up include:
-PANTONE 15-3920 Placid Blue
-PANTONE 16-3823 Violet Tulip
-PANTONE 15-6114 Hemlock
-PANTONE 16-0000 Paloma
-PANTONE 15-1225 Sand
-PANTONE 14-0852 Freesia
-PANTONE 18-1651 Cayenne
-PANTONE 17-1360 Celosia Orange
-PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
-PANTONE 18-3949 Dazzling Blue
When looking for color trends, remember that it’s easier to change clothes than it is to change the color of paint on the walls. The colors may be a bit more risky, because there’s less commitment. This can be seen in Pantone’s offering of pairing pastels with bright hues. Remember that in the end, it’s about what color palette appeals to you and makes you feel at home.