The creators of the Pantone Fall 2014 Color Report drew inspiration for this season’s color trends from spring & summer’s super successful color palette. 

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It’s that time again! The lovely people at Pantone, our favorite color psychics, are at it again. This time, they’ve come up with the perfect colors for 2014’s fall season. I don’t know how they do it, but they are always SO on point!

This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall.

Leatrice Eiseman 
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute
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Radiant Orchid still “blooms with confidence and magical warmth,” but has been further enhanced and complemented. Though bright and bold, it remains a “captivating and adaptable shade.” Depending on what it is paired with, its mood and aura is constantly changing.

For me, Radiant Orchid is all about making a statement. Your home can make a huge statement before anybody even enters by simply giving the front door a fresh coat of paint. A Radiant Orchid door gives this hotel a very fun and welcoming vibe.

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Royal Blue is “both evocative and dignified, [and] provides more complexity and excitement than the average navy, while still remaining versatile.” This color seriously looks good with almost anything. A little chilly, but still so very deep.

Velvet is one of my absolute favorite fabrics. With velvet, you don’t ever just get one color. You get an entire spectrum. It’s so rich and multidimensional, just like Royal Blue itself. I think I am especially drawn to this interior because the designer took a sublime, somewhat muted, color that is often used as a neutral and made it the star of the show. Just because something can go with anything, doesn’t mean it should. Sometimes a shade just needs to stand alone.

Aluminum is a “futuristic stainless steel shade that serves as a complex neutral.” I love gray. Its true talent lies in complementing other colors, so it rarely gets to steal the show. But, gray—especially Pantone’s Aluminum—is just as wonderful on its own.

I love the textured details throughout this exterior. In general, grays make texture really pop. White washes texture out, black will shadow it, and anything brighter will take precedence. However, a beautiful gray can steal the show while simultaneously making its supporting players—like those sweet prisms in the siding—look stellar.

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Aurora Red is a “sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.” My favorite thing about this red is that it somehow remains a little subdued. It’s a bit deeper than the classic fire truck red we all know and love.

As I’m sure you have already gathered, I love a boldly colored couch. I really like that the Aurora Red in the painting is picked up as well. That detail really ties the whole ensemble together.

Misted Yellow adds “a ray of sunlight and warmth...allud[ing] to the promise of spring to come.” Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it: I am not a yellow person. That being said, I’m kind of digging Misted Yellow. It’s a little more sophisticated—actually, a bit sultry—than your average yellow.

Misted Yellow looks great in this bedroom. The white brightens it up, while the grays help keep it from becoming too overwhelming, as yellow is wont to do. And I think we can all agree that this bed frame is ridiculously gorgeous.

Sangria is an “exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations.” This is probably my favorite color of all. For me, it even surpasses Radiant Orchid. It’s just so delicious! And y’all already know how I feel about jewel tones...

If painting your kitchen cabinets a bright color isn’t adventurous, I don’t know what is! This kitchen is a little too modern for my tastes, but I do love the design and color scheme. Oh, gray, always keeping things grounded… (Get it? Because the floor is gray?)

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Mauve Mist is “a romantic and elegant purple shade [that] reminds us of the deco era and stimulates a sense of femininity and empowerment.” Mauve is traditionally much pinker and darker, but, names aside, I do love this shade. It’s kind of like Radiant Orchid’s little sister.

This living room vignette is definitely spot on. Mauve Mist meshes with everything else in this photo so flawlessly. And I love some good pattern mixing. That white settee is like a blank canvas for colorful throw pillows.

Cognac is a “classy and cultured brown that takes a typical autumnal color to a sumptuous realm.” I don’t usually go for brown (unless it’s wood), but this one is pretty. It’s very rich, yet soft, with a hint of pink in the undertone.

Now, this is brown done right. The Cognac and Aluminum wallpaper quickly warms up the space, while the pure, bright white of the sink (and what a lovely sink it is) keeps the room from going too dark.

Bright Cobalt with its “slightly green undertone…offers a subtle twist on the traditional cobalt blue.” I think this is Pantone’s take on a fall version of Dazzling Blue from this year’s spring and summer forecast. A touch deeper than its aforementioned predecessor, Bright Cobalt can stand alone or be used to accent another shade.

I’ve grown rather fond of wallpaper recently. It can bring so many great design elements to the table. Were that wall completely covered in Bright Cobalt, the space would become overwhelming. But a not-quite-white background underneath a Bright Cobalt print balances things out, even adding a little visual interest! What more could you ask for?

Cypress is a “majestic and powerful green…[with] a towering presence.” I really, really love this color. It’s so flexible, and graciously complements almost every one of Pantone’s other fall colors.

Okay, well, this is precious, and refreshingly subtle. A safari themed nursery that doesn’t scream “lions, tigers, and bears, OH MY!” in your face. That wallpaper is probably the cutest thing I’ve seen all day.

So, there you have it! Pantone’s Fall 2014 Color Report. As a follow-up, I’ll also be posting about how these colors are affecting the fashion world, so stay tuned! 

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