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Pantone releases 2014 interior color trends


Pantone’s trend forecast book names nine key color and design themes for home furnishings and interior design for the year 2014. They are: Techno Color, Physicality, Sculpted Simplicity, Fluidity, Collage, Intimacy, Moda, Tribal Threads and Eccentricities.

“Consumers are becoming increasingly color savvy and color aware,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers seeking distinctive styling and considerable substance more than ever before, it 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.”

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 74 forecasted colors, and images from the forecast for use in presentations and storyboards.

Here is a look at the color palettes:

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.

Left to Right―PANTONE 14-5002 Silver, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, PANTONE 18-4537 Methyl Blue, PANTONE 19-3638 Tillandsia Purple, PANTONE 19-4125 Mojolica Blue, PANTONE 16-0435 Dark Citron, PANTONE 17-1349 Exuberance and PANTONE 19-0303 Jet Black.

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 interplayed 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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 13-0607 Fog.

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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 14-5002 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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 14-0851 Somoan Sun. 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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 18-4220 Provincial Blue. 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.

Left to Right―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 Lavendar, PANTONE 14-3904 Evening Haze and PANTONE 16-3801 Opal Gray.

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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 16-0836 Rich Gold.

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.

Left to Right―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 and PANTONE 18-1409 Peppercorn.

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.

Left to Right―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, PANTONE 18-1761 Ski Patrol, PANTONE 19-4305 Pirate Black and PANTONE 11-4300 Marshmallow.

【Source:The Editor at Large

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