New! Pantone View Home + Interiors 2014

Pantone View Home + Interiors 2014 – image via Pantone advertisement; Pantone.com

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:

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Pantone View Home Interiors 2014 Colors – image via Pantone.com

“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):

Pantone Technocolor palette

Pantone Technocolor palette – L- R – PANTONE 14-5002 Silver, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, PANTONE 18-4537 Methyl Blue, PANTONE 19-3638 Tillandsia Purple, PANTONE 19-4125 Majolica Blue, PANTONE 16-0435 Dark Citron, PANTONE 17-1349 Exuberance, PANTONE 19-0303 Jet Black

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.

Pantone 2014 Physicality Palette

Pantone 2014 Physicality Palette – L – R – PANTONE 19-3907 Forged Iron, PANTONE 16-3800 Satellite, PANTONE 18-3220 Very Grape, PANTONE 16-3310 Lavender Herb, PANTONE 18-0724 Gothic Olive, PANTONE 16-0840 Antique Moss, PANTONE 18-1512 Rose Brown, PANTONE 13-0607 Fog

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.

Pantone 2014 Sculptured Simplicity Palette – L-R – PANTONE 11-4800 Blanc de Blanc, PANTONE 19-4007 Anthracite, PANTONE 18-3912 Grisaille, PANTONE 18-1306 Iron, PANTONE 18-1807 Twilight Mauve, PANTONE 15-1114 Travertine, PANTONE 15-1506 Etherea, PANTONE 14-5002 Silver

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.

Fluidity

Pantone 2014 Fluidity Palette – L-R – PANTONE 18-3949 Dazzling Blue, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue, PANTONE 14-6329 Absinthe Green, PANTONE 17-1744 Calypso Coral, PANTONE 16-1543 Fusion Coral, PANTONE 16-3416 Violet Tulle, PANTONE 18-3533 Dewberry, PANTONE 14-0851 Samoan Sun

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

Pantone 2014 Intimacy Palette – L – R: PANTONE 11-0604 Gardenia, PANTONE 14-1905 Lotus, PANTONE 14-1313 Rose Cloud, PANTONE 16-1220 Café Crème, PANTONE 16-1510 Fawn, PANTONE 15-3910 Languid Lavender, PANTONE 14-3904 Evening Haze, PANTONE 16-3801 Opal Gray

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.

Pantone 2014 Moda Palette

Pantone 2014 Moda Palette – L-R: PANTONE 17-0840 Amber Green, PANTONE 15-0533 Linden Green, PANTONE 18-3828 Corsican Blue, PANTONE 18-2525 Magenta Haze, PANTONE 19-3325 Wood Violet, PANTONE 19-3520 Blackberry Cordial, PANTONE 19-1555 Red Dahlia, PANTONE 16-0836 Rich Gold

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.

Pantone 2014 Tribal Threads Palette

Pantone 2014 Tribal Threads Palette – L-R:  PANTONE 13-1008 Bleached Sand, PANTONE 16-1010 Incense, PANTONE 18-0920 Kangaroo, PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar, PANTONE 16-1441 Arabesque, PANTONE 18-4011 Goblin Blue, PANTONE 16-0928 Curry, PANTONE 18-1409 Peppercorn

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.

Pantone 2014 Eccentricities -

Pantone 2014 Eccentricities – L-R: PANTONE 13-0756 Lemon Zest, PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash, PANTONE 16-1360 Nectarine, PANTONE 19-4151 Skydiver, PANTONE 18-1755 Rouge Red, PANTONE 19-1431 Fudgesickle, PANTONE 16-1720 Strawberry Ice

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.

Pantone 2014 Collage Palette

Pantone 2014 Collage Palette – L-R: PANTONE 16-1620 Tea Rose – PANTONE 19-1652 Rhubarb, PANTONE 18-1163 Pumpkin Spice, PANTONE 14-1122 Sheepskin, PANTONE 14-0116 Margarita, PANTONE 14-5713 Cascade, PANTONE 17-4919 Teal, PANTONE 18-4220 Provincial Blue

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!