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.