Pantone View Home + Interiors 2014 – they’re here again! The nine Pantone View Home + Interiors 2014 color palettes. I have been too caught up in designing to post as of late, but as spring comes upon us and color returns, so will I post with more frequency – starting with the newest Pantone palettes or new, as new comes.
I pouted all week that life intervention prevented me from attending the seminars by Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman at The Chicago International Home + Housewares Show, but there is so much about this year’s colors at large to share, that this deficit may be over-looked.
Before I set about comparisons, contrasts, what appears to be long or short lived in trends going into 2014, I will as every year begin at the source with Pantone’s own vision of the year in color to come:
“Consumers are becoming increasingly color savvy and color aware. With consumers seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance more than ever before, is critical that retailers and designers be aware of future color trends. To successfully entice consumers, colors and color combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and most importantly, on-target.” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
In case you are not familiar, Pantone sets the standards for color in the print, fashion, automotive, Home + Housewares, and a myriad of other industries. If everyone had their own version of a particular color, no two prints or images would be the same. Standardization raises visual communications to a plateau that transcends barriers of language or other interpretation. In other words, Pantone creates the primer for the visual language of color, so it can be applied and interpreted correctly by all. Forecasting is a more recent Pantone initiative. Pantone has made it its mission to keep their finger on the pulse of color, staying ahead of the trends and actually forecasting what most industries will be doing, looking forward at least three years. Pantone View home + interiors 2014 is a forecasting book that provides color and trend direction for home furnishings or interior spaces. So what does this mean for you?
Knowing what will be available and prominent in the industry helps design enthusiasts to make choices that are both timely and long-lived, but that is not why I share forecasts here. Color is an area of tremendous trepidation for many people. The benefit of having color gurus in your pocket, narrowing some 26,000 shades and their endless derivatives to a mere 9 palettes guaranteed to play nicely in the sand-box is a tool you can’t put a price on – but you don’t need to! Here it’s free
The nine palettes for 2014 are (drum roll):
Innovative Techno Color acknowledges the advancement of technology – how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the color universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues, frequently executed in reflective surfaces. A range of shades, including a multifaceted emerald, an exuberant orange, a turquoise-like blue and a strong, vital purple, plus true blue, jet black and dark citron, are intertwined in intriguingly inventive color combinations.
As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counterbalanced by the presence of hues that express the necessity for introspection and calmness. The stamina of forged iron, satellite gray, antique moss and Gothic olive are inter-played with the healing shades of herbal lavender, grayed grape, rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray – all presenting a challenging, yet invigorating, game change.
Sculpted Simplicity recognizes how important shape, form and structure are to the end product and/or environment. The colors are unassuming and do not take center stage. The sophisticated tones elegantly harmonize with distinctively nuanced undertones, including travertine, anthracite, blanc de blanc and twilight mauve, supported by an anodized brown, ethereal gray and a suggestion of silver.
Gliding gracefully through watery channels, Fluidity is the palette that understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones, rendered largely in dazzling blues and blue-greens. These cooling hues are underscored by shimmering sea grass shades and undersea-creature colors, such as absinthe green, violet tulle, blazing Samoan sun, dewberry purple and two eye-arresting orange-coral tones.
Intimacy implies a certain affinity and relationship expressed in tints and tones that are inviting in nature and softly tactile – closely connected, yet subtly different – a happy marriage of adaptable warm, cool and neutral tones. The combinations effortlessly offer an understated color collection. Gardenia white defines a lotus blossom pink; rose cloud, fawn and café crème are delicious together, while pale lavenders and opal gray are effectively approachable.
Both svelte and voluptuous, Moda speaks of attention to detail and the drama of high fashion when translated into interiors. Combinations can be theatrical in nature, displaying fashionable or whimsical flourishes, but always done with tasteful finesse. Red dahlia interacts with blackberry cordial and wood violet, all accented by a yellowed amber green. Corsican blue meets with magenta haze and an expressive linden green, while rich gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations.
We are all members of tribes, whether through cultural background, religion, political affiliation or community. The colors in Tribal Threads are as varied as the tribal diversity they represent, yet they construct a universal linkage of artistic appreciation rooted in personal expression. Color combinations may be disarmingly simple or as complex as inter-woven threads. Neutrals, such as bleached sand and kangaroo brown, highlight an exotic arabesque burnt orange, while goblin blue is flavored by curry and peppercorn. A rose-dusted cedar shade is set off by taupe-toned incense.
There is always room for an eccentric palette with a personality that defies the established rule book of design and color, bringing with it a sense of adventure, wit, experimentation and discovery. Eccentricities is tongue-in-cheek in attitude with color juxtapositions that are highly original and cleverly conceived in evocative combinations. A flash of neon green radiates off of zesty lemon or nectarine combines with a daredevil skydiver blue. Fudgesickle brown is rendered sweeter with strawberry ice. A warm red coexists with its cooler counterpart, while black and/or white can be drawn into any combination.
Collage is a gathering place for found objects that are well worn and somewhat nostalgic – a charming mélange of artfully constructed designs that demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness. There is poignancy in the color and design of the palette that sounds a familiar chord. Tea rose, deep reddish rhubarb, warm pumpkin spice and cozy sheepskin, are refreshed with margarita green, provincial blue and cascading tones of aqua and teal.
There is an awfully lot to say about all of this, and we certainly will be exploring the in and outs of using these colors to create a look that puts your own stamp on the colors of 2014 – but there’s also allot to be said for digesting one meal at a time. Join me next week for dessert, coffee, and how-to’s that make it all work in your own space!