Experts at Pantone have chosen a bolder hue for their Color of the Year. Replacing 2013's Emerald is 2014's Radiant Orchid. "This color is uplifting and bold without being overpowering," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
"Magenta is a thoroughly modern accent," concurs Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for Behr Paints. Orchid Kiss (670-B6) made Behr's list of top colors for 2014. "It pairs especially well with white, gray, and black," Woelfel says.
A Sense of Serenity
"Blues bring a sense of calm to our homes, which is a welcome antidote to the frenetic pace many of us keep," observes Sharon Grech, color expert for Benjamin Moore. Their Color of the Year for 2014 is the whisper-weight Breath of Fresh Air (806).
A Plum Choice
Sherwin-Williams's Color of the Year is Exclusive Plum (SW6263). "This dusky, filtered violet is refined without being stuffy and is layered with romantic potential," says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.
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Go for Gold
Colors inspired by the seashore and the landscape are also ones to watch in the new year, reports Farrow & Ball's Cole. Another top color choice for 2014 is the atmospheric Stiffkey Blue (281), which she points out, "perfectly encapsulates the natural trend."
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A Strong Statement
A New Neutral
“For a relaxed and versatile scheme, Purbeck Stone is a strong neutral,” says Farrow & Ball’s Sarah Cole. “It’s neither too gray to be edgy nor too creamy to feel out of date.”
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