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2014 Color Trends

By January 5, 2014 2 Comments
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Each year everyone that works with design are curious to see what the predicted new color trends are going to be from paint companies, PPG and Pantone. This year as ever year, color can make an impact not only on manufacturing, marketing but clothing and decorating. Color speaks differently to every person also, so to see the mix that is being forecasted helps us define our likes and dislikes.

I thought to make life easier for readers I would try and compile some of the information that I have researched and found. Kind of like one stop shopping for color trends.

Pantone the color gurus so to say, picked Radiant Orchid as the color for 2014. Whether that will be accepted by consumers is to be seen. The pallet they have chosen I think, tends to be softer in tone. I found it very interesting that Leatrice Eisemann from Pantone says that blue and greens can finally be considered neutrals, as well as accents. I feel that whenever you look to nature for a color pallet it does appear more neutral in our surroundings.

pantone 2014


PPG leading company of paints and coatings for all industries predicted 2014 color that Butter Cream Yellow will be the perfect hue to reflect “the spirit of Pause and Refresh” creating tranquility and of course complementing the blues and greens that are trending.PPG colors

Looking at the paint companies, Benjamin Moore has compiled a palette as they describe 2014 trends as a breath of fresh air. The grays are shifting more to blues, greens, lavenders and pinks. Soft filtered pastels again considering this palette the “new neutrals”

BM color trends 2014

Sherwin Williams has created their color pallet for 2014 based on inspirations. They have broken it to four categories for their Colormix 2014. To recap quickly Reasoned are their gray colors, Diaphanous are soft shades of pink, green and beige. Curiosity are deeper in saturation that Diaphanous and would be complementary to the other two categories. Last is Intrinsic that are deeper also and range from Polished Mahogany to a bright Capri blue.SW 2014 colors

Behr has also broken their color pallet for 2014 into four categories. Their goal is to help show how you can take a color palette and create a room within a particular pallet. I think this is helpful for those that feel they are color challenged when it comes to creating a room.Behr colors


The resounding trend I have seen are the more pastel, tranquil colors coming into the homes. They make a home feel like a sanctuary, and with the craziness in everyone’s life I like that idea.

If you transform a room this year send me pictures!

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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