What’s the Hot Color for 2014?

Pantone's Top Color picks for 2014

Pantone’s Top Color picks for 2014

For those of you who don’t know Pantone is the world’s leading commercial color think tank and just this week it has announced it’s top color choices  for next year.  From now until beginning of December people will voicing their opinion for top spot.  As you can see from the Pantone’s color pallet  above they have mixed pastels with brights which is a little unusual. I very much doubt we’ll see the tan or grey as color of the year because I don’t ever recall Pantone selecting a neutral.

I guess now you’re starting to wonder what does that have to do with you.  Well, for one thing you will probably be wearing the top picks because fashion houses, designers and factories all over the world use Pantone’s  to systemize their color process.

The colors Pantone has selected are for apparel fashion, however, a few of the colors selected will make it into home interiors. In 2012 Tangerine Tango, a orangey red was selected and we still see orange as a pretty strong color in home decor, especially accents.  Hues evolve over time, for instance this summer we saw a lot of coral which is a fabulous mix of orange and pink.

In case you’re wondering what have been the color choices in years past see below…

Pantone's previous years color selections

Pantone’s previous years color selections

Notice there have been quite a few versions of reds and greens.  So looking at the top choices and adding in my own personal agenda, I’m voting for the Cobalt blue hue, which Pantone calls Dazzling Blue.  I think its time there was another blue in the line-up and this particular hue can easily adapt itself to commercial commodities in home decor and, who doesn’t like blue.

Below are some ways cobalt blue can work beautifully both in fashion apparel and home decor.

Cobalt blue in nature

Cobalt blue in nature

Blue hues

Blue hues

Vintage furnishings updated with cobalt blue color

Vintage furnishings updated with cobalt blue color

blue and black - what a great combination
Cobalt blue and black – what a great combination

Blue stone inspired blue tray

Blue stone inspired blue tray

Cobalt blue accents

Cobalt blue accents

We won’t know Pantone’s 2014 color of the year until about mid December.  I’ll be writing about it once it’s announced. I’ve made my choice for color of the year, what’s yours.

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