The New Year brings fresh ideas and renewed energy for decorating our homes. With the Christmas decorations safely packed away we start to see our homes in a new light, re-evaluating the space and looking for new inspiration and ideas. Maybe you have a home renovations to do list already? Maybe you want to make one and don’t know where to start. Whatever point you’re at with your ideas, hopefully this post, looking at the colour trends for 2014 will help you on your way.
Every year Pantone, the Colour Institute announces its Colour of the Year. Last year we had Emerald and I looked at how you could incorporate this into your home. This year, the Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 is Radiant Orchid.
Pantone says of its choice:
The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.
If you want to see how this could look in your home, take a look at some of these ideas:
You could use it as an accent colour in its most minimalist form –
Or you could really go for it and splash it everywhere!
And of course, it’s going to look just gorgeous in the Spring and Summer, particularly when we’re back dining outdoors again.
So we know Radiant Orchid and all shades pink, purple and fuchsia are going to be everywhere this year (I’m not too sure how I feel about that at the moment!) but what other colour trends for 2014 can we look forward to?
Farrow and Ball have announced their colours for 2014 focusing on the natural and organic that keep us in touch with nature and the outdoors. Apparently we are turning our backs on flat, hard surfaces that reflect our modern lives and want a warmer more comfortable look to our homes. I like their thinking. Purbeck Stone, as in the image below, looks like it’s straight from beach pebbles. Gorgeous.
Benjamin Moore has a similar idea with their Colour Palette for 2014 consisting of softer hues and more pastel shades than we’ve maybe seen in recent years. There’s definitely a shift towards a different base colour, but whilst whites and neutrals will never go out of fashion, subtler, softer colours will come to the fore.
One colour in particular, Breath of Fresh Air is chosen as their Colour of the Year 2014. Whilst not too sweet and sugary, with more of a smattering of grown up blue, I’m sure this is going to be popular. Make way for hints of colour on our walls and a lighter, softer overall effect.
So what do you think of these pastel orientated predictions? Can you see them working in your home? Would you use them on your walls or just for accents?
Definitely lots to think about here and maybe an idea to put together some suggestions on how to use the colours and adapt your room schemes to incorporate them. Mmm… I’ll get my thinking cap on!