By now we probably have all heard about the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. While this may be the star of 2014, there are many other supporting actors that deserve some recognition.
As you have probably heard for the past couple of years, gray is the new black. With undertones of beige, green, blue or white, light and fresh, we are seeing gray in things from cabinetry, flooring, wall colors, furniture and clothing. It’s perfect for the homeowner who wants to dabble with color a little outside of their comfort zone. It’s so popular that some reports show that up to 30 percent of kitchens and bathrooms are currently using some shade of gray.
While gray is certainly hot, we are also seeing a trend of more white based colors like pastels. Pale blues like Benjamin Moore’s 2014 Color of the Year, Breath of Fresh Air, soft whites like Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, pale greens, yellows and even pinks contrast nicely with darker furniture and floors while still keeping a space nice and light.
Even with all of the pale colors being used, homeowners and designers still love using bold color splashes to make a statement. Found in backsplashes, small countertop appliance, art, lamps, pillows and accessories, these punches of color add a depth and richness to an otherwise neutral space.
In the end, it’s all about mixing the colors, textures and cultural influences that speak to you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with something new and make your space truly reflect who you are!
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