Discover the Colour Trends for 2014

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.

colour trends for 2014

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 –

colour trends for 2014

Or you could really go for it and splash it everywhere!

colour trends for 2014


And of course, it’s going to look just gorgeous in the Spring and Summer, particularly when we’re back dining outdoors again.

outdoor living

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.

decorating trends purbeck stone

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.

colour trends for 2014

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.

colour trends for 2014

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!

Images: 1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. maggy, red ted art
    January 8, 2014 / 11:26 am

    Ooh so pretty! I need someone to give our house a colour make over!!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 8, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Haha, I doubt that Maggie somehow!

  2. Rebecca
    January 8, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Oh these are lovely. We are going white because we are trying to sell. I need a few splashes of colour but I’m rubbish with plants so don’t think an orchid would work. It’s beautiful though.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 8, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      I think the pale purple/lilac colour is a lovely accent colour, and then at least you can take the accessories with you when you move! šŸ™‚

  3. Jennifer
    January 8, 2014 / 11:33 am

    I love bright colours, although I tend to stick to accents rather than entire walls, and team with a pastel colour like the ones above.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 8, 2014 / 1:05 pm

      I know what you mean Jennifer, I’m all for white walls but maybe the tide is changing šŸ™‚

  4. Trish - Mum's Gone to
    January 8, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    I love the radiant orchid for a splash of colour although I’m not sure it would work in my house. Maybe I will try it outside – a great suggestion.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 8, 2014 / 1:04 pm

      I’m not sure it’s a colour I’ll use much either Trish but it will look gorgeous outdoors in the summer.

  5. Actually Mummy...
    January 8, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    Ah now radiant orchid is my kind of colour. My living room is already done, so now I need to work on the rest of the house! *googles new blinds for the kitchen*

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 11:57 am

      New Year always inspires home renovations – time to plan!

  6. Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    January 8, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    I am loving the Radiant Orchid! *wonders if I can repaint my bedroom without Mr Boo noticing??*

  7. Liz Burton
    January 8, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Oooh lots of food for thought here thanks Jen.

    I have a family room (garage conversion), kitchen and bathroom makeovers to plan this year! Best crack on with it.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Wow, that’s a lot of DIY!

  8. Mum of One
    January 8, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Gosh I love that staircase! It reminds me of a very glamorous piano! I am not terribly brave with colour but we need to re-damp course the house soon which will mean a whole load of decorating. Maybe I will find some courage this year!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 11:58 am

      What’s the worst that can happen? Maybe start with some colour accents?

  9. Carolin
    January 8, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Oh I’m so bang on trend with the mulberry walls. That’s the colour in my living room. I really want the duckegg in my bedroom and the grey in my hallway. Such nice neutrals that allow you to get so creative with accessories x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 11:59 am

      Sounds fab Carolin!

  10. Ali at
    January 8, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    what a delightful colour palette, I may just take some advice for the new bathroom – after some interesting tiles, you’ve inspired me!

  11. Donna
    January 8, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    I love accents, they can totally change a room and I usually love strong colours but I do like the Farrow and Ball pastels.

  12. Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer
    January 8, 2014 / 10:08 pm

    That blue is the one I’ve been waiting for – it’s absolutely my favourite colour. Love the orchid (accents only I think because it would hard to live with for a long time)and the grey is a great base to play with. I thought sage green was all the rage this year, but that’s why you’re a lifestyle blogger and I’m not!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 11:59 am

      To be honest Anya, I think it depends where you look!

  13. Mammasaurus
    January 8, 2014 / 11:08 pm

    I am a convert to the power of white with colour used as an accent tone!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      January 9, 2014 / 12:00 pm

      Never fails! šŸ™‚

  14. WallpaperInk
    January 21, 2014 / 11:03 am

    The breath of fresh air is lovely. It’s really…well…fresh!

    Not sure I’d go for radiant orchid everywhere myself; it’s a little, shall we say, decadent for my tastes. I love the little splash of it with the flowers though. Nice touch! šŸ™‚

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