Earlier, we shared with you Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. But the company has also released its palette of colors specific to spring 2014 to help you do everything from coordinating your outfit to decorating your home in the shades of spring.
Pastels dominate the color selection with several pops of color to bring some cheer to what’s turned out to be a brutal winter for most, even those of us here in the south. The colors were inspired by blooming flowers and travels abroad.
The pastel part of the palette includes Placid Blue, a calm color recalling the sky; Violet Tulip, a romantic vintage purple; and Hemlock, this year’s green described as summery and which works well as a neutral or accent color. Other neutrals for spring include sand, bringing to mind carefree days at the beach, and Paloma, a light gray.
For the bright pops of color, look to pair the pastels with Cayenne, a spicy red; Freesia, a bright sunny yellow; and Celosia Orange, which is both uplifting and sophisticated. The remaining two colors are a deep, bright Dazzling Blue and, of course, Radiant Orchid, the color of the year.
So how do you incorporate these hues of spring into your Lowcountry home’s décor? Try using the brighter colors by adding some accessories in those shades, like pillows, a throw, a new print or painting, draperies, a lamp shade or a footstool. We love the trend of wall decals, which you can peel and move around as you desire. Choose some in the neutral or pastel shades. These are all easy pieces you can switch out when fall arrives and you’re ready to add a touch of autumn.
If you’re more daring, you might consider painting one wall in one of the spring colors as an accent, adding a brightly colored chandelier (which more people are using in unexpected places like bedrooms or outdoor rooms), switching out your comforter, painting your kitchen cabinets or choosing a new rug in ones of the hues.
Here’s a video featuring Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute, sharing her personal insights about each color they’ve selected:
“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” says Eiseman. “While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.”
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