Colour is the most important aspect of any home. They can reveal a lot about a person and their tastes, from cool and clear whites to daring, passionate reds. A base colour sets the mood of a room, and will influence all of your home purchases and accessories in the future. Just like fashion, colours have seasons and trends, and 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for colour.
‘Colours of the year’ were announced by the kings of colour and colour research Pantone and leading paint brand Dulux at the start of 2014. Pantone went for a bold lilac called ‘Radiant Orchid’, whereas Dulux announced that a deep teal/grey mix called ‘Sea Urchin 1’ was the colour for 2014.
Both are pretty left-field and daring colours, with Radiant Orchid’s ultra-feminine shade turning heads (Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman described it as ‘magical’, denoting ‘creativity and innovation’) and Sea Urchin’s cool, dark shade symbolises balance according to Dulux, by combining ‘the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue’.
The colours couldn’t be more different, but both are worth experimenting with in your home. Teal and turquoise shades are set to be particularly popular in 2014, as they have the potential to be both fresh and calming, the teal palette covers a huge spectrum and moods, and the combination of blue and green can give a room an oceanic, dream-like feel.
Pantone’s predictions that purple and lilac will take over in 2014 reflects homes becoming more expressive, creative and daring. Many have shied away from purples and plums because of their dark colours, but American paint company Sherwin-Williams has also announced a purple shade as the 2014 colour of the year – a very dark violet called ‘Exclusive Plum’. Purples are traditionally seen as royal, bringing a wave of luxury and majesty into your home.
Alongside teals and violets, grey is shedding its reputation as a boring and oppressive colour into being embraced as a smart, cool and relaxing colour for the home which is easy to accessorise and can be complimented with bolder colours (including both turquoise and plum) to create a grown up and sophisticated look.
If you’re bored of neutral white walls, try out some of the colours of 2014 to see how you can transform your home! Experiment with an accent wall and see where colour can take you.