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