Trends | Color Cues | October 2013

What goes into picking a color palette for the year ahead? Pretty much everything. The major paint companies as well as color authority Pantone find inspiration from the worlds of fashion, design, mathematics, science and the natural world, as well as from prevailing consumer moods and interests. Thus the themes for 2014 range from a serene palette comprised of delicate shades (reflecting a need for balance and simplicity in life) to more opulent and vibrant hues that are energizing and imply a sense of curiosity. Each of the color stories featured here represents only one of several palettes predicted by each color expert.


  • Sherwin-Williams
    The colors in the Diaphanous palette are light, delicate and translucent and are meant to evoke tranquility, sensuality, serenity and escape—an antidote to society’s need for overconsumption.
  • Benjamin Moore
    Softer and lighter are the key words for describing Benjamin Moore’s color forecast for 2014, influenced by softer lines in furnishings and people’s need to relax and take a deep breath.
  • Pantone
    Fluidity is the palette that understands the inevitable human need for life-sustaining cool water tones, rendered largely in dazzling blues and blue-greens.
  • Behr
    Natural Avocation spotlights hobbies, curiosity and exploration through rich color.