Pantone revealed their Color of the Year in December 2013, quickly followed by their Pantone Color Forecast for Spring and Summer of 2014. Follow these color trends for fresh style all year long!

From cool pastels to earthy neutrals, we’ve got an entire lineup ready for you. This color report includes shades that will work for both men and women, but there are a few shades that have been tailored to fit one gender.

First, the transitional tones that will work with both masculine and feminine styling.

  • Placid Blue
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Paloma
  • Sand
Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Placid Blue 15-3920

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 Placid Blue - 

  • “[..] like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness [...]”  Pantone
  • “Light and airy [it] is a perfect background color for spring, offering another alternative to the classic neutrals.”  Pantone
Color Forecast Pantone Spring Summer 2014 Placid Blue Bathroom Wall Standalone Bathtub Bay Windows Wall Sconce

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring Summer 2014 Placid Blue Living Room Couch Wall Mirror White Chandelier Hardwood Floors Area Rug

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It’s ethereal and breezy, so neutral shades are definitely complementary. Placid Blue can be used on a grand scale due to its soft tone.

Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Dazzling Blue 18-3949

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Dazzling Blue -

  • “[It’s] a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue.”  Pantone
  • “[One of the] higher voltage colors in the palette [...]” Pantone
Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Bathroom with Dazzling Blue Clawfoot Tub Wall Mirror Wall Art

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Kitchen with Dazzling Blue Oven Hardwood Floors White Cabinets

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Dazzling blue certainly grabs your attention. Rich and electrifying, this jewel tone will make a statement in any room. All eyes will be on this bold accent color.

  • Placid Blue
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Paloma
Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Paloma 16-0000

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  • “[...] serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.”  Pantone
  • “[...] a confident and adaptable gray.” Pantone

Like black and gray, Paloma works like a true neutral. It can be layered when used in various textures without looking too matchy. Prints with a touch of gray are a great way to incorporate this color. They add subtle visual appeal.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Bathroom with Paloma Walls Side by Side Sinks Matching Wall Mirrors Indoor Flowers

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Nursery with Gray Polka Dot Walls White Crib Stuffed Animals Tassels

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Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Sand 15-1225

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  • “[...] warm, agreeable neutral, can be coupled with more daring colors in the palette – making them less intimidating.” Pantone
  • “[...] lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer.” Pantone

Sand has a warm undertone that is universally flattering. This light brown shade can be found among natural fiber textiles and wood, so it won’t be too hard to get your hands on. If you’re already working with more vibrant hues, go ahead and throw in sand colored accents to even out the palette.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Living Room with Sand Chevron Pillows Glass Coffee Table Paired Accent Chairs

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Sand Dining Room Floor and Leather Chairs Oversized Abstract Wall Art

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Sand Bedroom Walls Area Rug Black Dresser Table Lamp Wall Art

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Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals – cool and neutral shades. Let’s turn up the heat!

I’m talking about warm shades that are vibrant and dynamic. When people think of spring and summer, they usually picture bright sunshine, blossoming flowers, and beautiful days spent enjoying the outdoors. Well, the following shades of red, orange, and yellow definitely capture that idea. These transitional shades will work for just about any interior, and were featured in both the men’s and women’s fashion reports.

Get ready to take notes!!

Spring Summer 2014 Pantone Color Forecast Cayenne 18-1651

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  • “[...] a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals [...]” Pantone
  • “[...] fiery Cayenne red [...]” Pantone

Named after the chili pepper, Cayenne definitely embodies its tropical roots. Just like the spicy fruit, this color can be used to add flavor to any living area. Generally, red is a color of passion and confidence. Cayenne’s soft pink undertone has a romantic quality, but overall it’s still striking in appearance. Add a little zest to your home with this fierce shade of red.

  • Cayenne
  • Celosia Orange
  • Freesia
Spring Summer 2014 Pantone Color Forecast Celosia Orange 17-1360

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  • “[...] an optimistic, spontaneous hue” Pantone
  • “[...] much like the setting summer sun” Pantone

A little goes a long way with Celosia Orange. This uplifting hue works well as a statement piece because of its adventurous spirit. Blending the fearless energy and exhilaration of red with the delightful nature of yellow, Celosia Orange radiates enthusiasm and liveliness. Juicy pops of this citrus shade around the home are sure to attract attention.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Celosia Orange Console White Walls Striped Area Rug Indoor Flowers

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Celosia Orange Dining Room Wall Dining Room Table Chandelier Peacock Wall Art

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Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Freesia 14-0852

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  • “[...] a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. A tropical, floral-inspired shade [...]” Pantone
  • [...] harness the powerful energy that intense Freesia yellow brings to the spectrum” Pantone
Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Bedroom Freesia Bedframe Dark Walls White Bedding Floor Rug

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Named after the native African blossom, Freesia will brighten and enliven any area. It’s a bright, striking hue that looks stylish when incorporated into the home through accents and accessory pieces. As if it were plucked straight from a field of wild flowers, this refreshing shade of yellow is full of life.

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Last BUT not least - I’ve saved all the shades that are split between the ladies and gents. This doesn’t mean that only men or women can use a certain color, but some of the colors are modified to have a more masculine or feminine expression.

Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Hemlock 15-6114

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  • “Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that's very different from the greens of recent seasons” Pantone
  • “Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.” Pantone

Named after the lacy, white flowering plant, this verdant pastel is light and airy. It’s like a cross of mint and pistachio, so it’s fresh yet crisp. Hemlock acts as a neutral due to its soft tone, so it can be paired with just about any other colors.

  • Hemlock
  • Comfrey
Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Dining Area with Hemlock Floor Tricycle Dining Room White Walls

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Kitchen with Hemlock Cabinets Chandelier Mint Green Cabinets

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  • “Comfrey, a more masculine take on the softer Hemlock green from the women's palette, to create a fresh, seasonally inspired look” Pantone

Comfrey looks like a mossy and less saturated version of the 2013 Color of the Year - Emerald. The hints of jade add balance to the darker tone. Comfrey is reminiscent of lush and bushy foliage, so it only makes sense that this rich shade is named after a leafy herb.

AND now for some purple!

  • Violet Tulip
  • Purple Haze
  • Radiant Orchid
  • Magenta Purple
Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Violet Tulip 16-3823

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  • “[...] a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia” Pantone
  • “Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look” Pantone

Violet Tulip is a pastel shade of purple. There are hints of lavender and periwinkle, so it can look like a bluish purple. This shade of violet can serve as a neutral when paired with bold colors, or as an accent that stands out on its own.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Violet Tulip Loveseat Couch Light Hardwood Floors

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Violet Tulip Kitchen Island Chairs Purple Flowers Oranges in White Bowl White Kitchen

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Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Purple Haze 18-3718

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  • “[...] a deeper, stronger version of Violet Tulip [...]” Pantone
Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Purple Haze Entryway Yellow Accent Chair Wall Gallery Library Hanging Coat Rack
Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Purple Haze Bedroom White Flowers Chaise Lounge Vanity

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Purple Haze is a dusky lavender shade of purple. As a more masculine take on Violet Tulip, you’ll definitely notice the grayish tint. It’s one of the less vibrant, toned down colors and acts as a neutral.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Bathroom with Radiant Orchid Tile Backsplash White Sink Pink Flowers

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Leading the pack in the purple color trend, Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Color of the Year. This bright, rich purple is on the top of every style list. It’s vibrant enough to stand alone, but it looks great paired with other bold hues as well.

  • “The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip [...]” Pantone
  • “Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors” Pantone
Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Radiant Orchid 18-3224

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Living Room with Radiant Orchid Wall Crystal Chandelier Hardwood Flooring Purple Flowers

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2914 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Phone

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  • “Create a magnetic look by mixing Magenta Purple, a more robust version of Radiant Orchid, with the higher voltage colors in the palette, like Celosia Orange and Dazzling Blue. These three energetic yet versatile hues are sure to be a hit in spring 2014.” Pantone
Spring Summer 2014 Color Forecast Pantone Magenta Purple 19-2428

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It’s Radiant Orchid toughened up. Magenta Purple is a rich plum shade. There’s a subtle hint of magenta that blends nicely with the deep purple coloring.

Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Magenta Purple Velvet Sofa Tufted

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Color Forecast Pantone Spring 2014 Color Report Kitchen with Magenta Purple Oven Purple Backsplash Indoor Flowers Teapots

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It is amazing how versatile these shades are. Perfectly complementary in every way, and options for every taste. Pantone was truly on point this year!

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