Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Take on Pantone Spring Colors 2014

Pantone has introduced a Spring 2014 palette that is all about stability and balance. The collection aims to marry adaptable pastels with captivating brights, creating a sense of naturalness, energy and equilibrium.

The first four colors on the left, together with Sand, form the basis for the natural pastels in the collection. Hemlock is a very different green then we've seen in recent years, although it still calls up the color of 2013, Emerald. This green is sedate and gentle. Like all of the pastels, it can be paired with any of the bolder colors for a beautiful, energetic combo.  Match Hemlock with Cayenne or Celosia Orange to take advantage of the power of contrasting colors. These will pair up wonderfully without being overwhelming.

The pastel Violet Tulip finds its bold counterpart in Radiant Orchid, and Placid Blue has a beautiful, deeply saturated Dazzling Blue on the opposite end of the palette. The Pantone Color Institute writes that both Radiant Orchid and Placid Blue "are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors."

What do you think of Pantone's choices for Spring 2014?  If you like these selections, will you incorporate them into your work or your wardrobe? You can vote for your favorites here.

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