We're not even an entire month into 2013, and trend forecasters are already making predictions for 2014. The consensus? Let's just say that it looks like it's going to be colorful. Earlier today, the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) sponsored a presentation from Benjamin Moore highlighting the colors and emerging trends influencing the future of design. "Color Pulse 2014: From Theory to Selection" outlined what designers, architects, and enthusiasts can expect in 2014.
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Continuing its reign atop the "most popular" list, blue once again made an index of 2014's most prevalent colors. One possible reason for this blue's dominance? It's the color of trust—which during a time of economic and social unrest makes it an especially attractive hue. As with past years, shades of blue-green (teal, turquoise) are growing in popularity, but expect to see more monochromatic schemes of mid-tone blues.
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Coming in a close second to blue, at least in terms of popularity, is green. And given a growing interest in sustainability and nature, is it any wonder? Traditional palettes of avocado and chartreuse will remain popular, but expect more toned greens—such as olive and gray-green—to get some love too.
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Rather than separate red and orange, the two colors were grouped into one category. As opposed to years past, cool shades of red are steadily losing ground to ones with warm, yellow undertones. These hotter reds are even appearing on luxury cars, which signifies a possibly more permanent change when it comes to the red/orange palette. Since most vehicle owners see car purchases as multi-year investments, auto companies aren't exactly quick to switch things up.
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Yellow has spent the past few years rocking the world of accent colors, adding excitement to neutral surroundings. And it shows no signs of slowing down in the future. One change: as opposed to the previously popular greenish yellow, the 2014 version has sunny undertones of red.
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Often associated with ballerinas and Barbies, pink is finally making the leap into adulthood. The newest version mixes magenta with paler pinks, creating a hue that is muted and decidedly un-childish. Instead of raspberry, dusty rose, and mauve, think of an elegant blush.
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A color that lends itself to patterns and textures, the success of purple lies in subtlety. Case in point: a gray hue that casts a purple tint.
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Yeah, yeah, when isn't white a popular color in design? But in 2014, expect whites to get softer. No more sterile, antiseptic, sci-fi hues. Instead, we'll get white mixed with a spectrum of blues, greens, and grays to create a palette more conducive to pastels.
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Synonymous with sophistication and eclectic design, a variety of neutral palettes can be created using the gray family. Whether warm or cool, the color lends itself to texture, emphasizing a tactility not always found within a color spectrum. And it looks so great with a bright pop of color.
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Dark wood colors such as walnut and coffee are here to stay, as are tones that include blonde and honey. But the newest revelation in the world of neutral colors would be the color categorized as bark, which typically takes on a taupe or putty color, unique in its neutrality while still offering very complex undertones.
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