Each season, inspired by fashion trends and influenced by designers, Pantone launch their new colour palette and this Springs 2014's colours are some of my favourite. A palette of muted pastels to vivid brights. Placid Blue, Paloma, Hemlock and Sand are paired with bright, Radiant Orchid, Dazzling Blue and Freesia. Mid tones nudge their way in with Cayenne, Celosia Orange and Violet. Beige may be out for 2014, but 'Sand' is most definitely in and paired with Placid Blue, makes a gentle statement. Personally, I am not a fan of Radiant Orchid, however combined with Dazzling Blue, it would make a force to be reckoned with.
My favourites from the new palette are Placid blue, Paloma and Sand, pared down shades very similar to the inspiration for my bedroom makeover... I wonder, should I be patting myself on the back for picking out these colours before they were launched? With regards to the brighter shades, I have just bought some mid toned blue and white Ralph Lauren fabric to be made into cushions for my living room and I would love to have them piped with Vibrant Freesia, such a joyful colour.
I have been browsing Pinterest for some ideas from the new Spring palette and found some great inspiration from muted to bright...
2. Paloma and a hint of pared down Radiant Orchid in the flowers
3. Radiant Orchid seen in the geometric wallpaper above
4. Radiant Orchid & Celosia orange....hmmm?
5. Cayenne, Paloma, Placid blue and lighter tone of Freesia. Pin tracked back to Will at Bright Bazaar
6. Dazzling Blue, or a little too dazzling?
7. Freesia makes an impact in this entrance way
8. If you don't like brights but still want to use yellow and blue, try softer shades such as this bedroom above.
Is it a co-incidence my large painting, Rhapsody in Spring', (still in progress), features a 'Radiant Orchid' on the right hand side!
Whatever way you want to use these colours, I feel there are no rules, pick pastels or brights or mix and match. As seen from above you can create beautiful interiors using a little creativeness. In saying this however, I would keep the stronger colours such as 'Dazzling Blue' as an accent colour don't over do these unless your aiming to create a huge impact as seen in image (6) above.
If you want to learn more about the designers and influencers for Pantone's spring colour trends, you can read about them at the Pantone Website.
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