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January 20, 2014

Colors of the Year 2014


Color has a huge influence on the rooms we live in, the clothes we wear and the items we use.  And every year, companies and color organizations select a color that they feel will impact fashion, new products and interiors. Each has their own process for developing their color of the year and many include global influences. You can be sure that a lot of thought went into each selection. Here are what some of the color movers and shakers have to say about their selections.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS®: Their color of the year is called Exclusive Plum (SW6263) and they describe it as a dusky, filtered violet. There’s a touch of gray in the color that gives it a neutral quality even though it clearly has its own color personality. Sherwin-Williams, a 150 year-old paint company developed Exclusive Plum as part of four palettes for 2014 made up of 38 individual colors.

PANTONE ®: Described as a harmony of fuchsia, purple with pink undertones, Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s choice for color of the year. Pantone had success in 2013 with Emerald which translated into kitchen accessories as well as in fashion. Radiant Orchid seems a perfect color for fashion and accent wall paint colors. Pantone is a world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.

BENJAMIN MOORE®: Their choice for 2014 is Breath of Fresh Air (color number 806). This livable soft blue reflects a growing interest in pastels. It’s part of a 23-color collection designed to work together. Nearly everyone says blue is their favorite color and this one is hard not to love. Benjamin Moore is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway and one of North America’s most respected paint and coatings manufacturers

It’s interesting that all three colors are on the cool side of the color wheel and two of them are in the purple family this year. It takes time for new colors to show up in manufactured goods but painting walls in these trendy new colors is possible right now. Remember that individual computer monitors can affect how a color looks on your screen so request a real sample if you want to work with these trend-setting colors.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces