Hottest Design Colours of 2014

Repainting your house soon? Kelly Coleman of GalTime shares this helpful colour guide.

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Kelly Coleman


If you’re getting bored inside the house, maybe it’s time to spice things up a little—in case some of your New Year's resolutions included decorating your home in this year’s hottest styles, we interviewed some interior decorators to equip us with colours and trends worth exploring.

Fresh Palette

According to Mary Lawlor, the colour-marketing manager for Kelly-Moore Paints, “What we expect to see in 2014 is a refreshed lighter palette of colours.” She speculates that the trend towards fresh, light colors is a response to previous years’ tendency towards darker colours.

“The pendulum is now shifting,” she says. Due to the blending of different cultures within families, “we are now seeing colours put together that haven’t been put together before.” Lawlor cites blending gold and turquoise with a yellow-influence neutral tone as an example of this.

The Star of the Show: Radiant Orchid
Pantone, a world-renowned company specialising in colour selection and communication,voted Radiant Orchid as 2014’s “colour of the year.” It is fresh, bold, and versatile. Aimee Beatty, an in-house stylist with Pier 1 Imports, suggests pairing it with smoky greys, chocolate, vibrant yellows and greens, or with neutral creams and linen.

In 2013, Emerald earned Pantone’s “colour of the year” vote, and this colour is definitely not on its way out. Lynn Dayton, founder and owner of Dayton Home feels it “looks good in just about any form.”

Aimee Beatty also advises the use of blues and greens to create a calming atmosphere.

Linen is Luxe
Linen is another popular colour this year. Dayton describes linen as, “calm and serene. This rich neutral hue has an earthy vibe that’s soft and soothing.”

Peacock Blue
Peacock blue, credited by Dayton as “moody and masculine,” is perfect for making small spaces, such as powder rooms, pop. The eye-catching hue can also be an intriguing accent colour.

Sunny Side
Oranges and yellows are obvious choices for a quick way to brighten up any room. While they are more popular for spring and summer, they can add some sunshine in the colder months, too! Dayton suggests using blood orange “in a crisp white kitchen or sunroom, and take it outdoors to add a splash of colour to your patio furniture.” Combing yellow with “playful patterns” creates a new, fresh look for the home, according to Beatty.

The most important thing to remember, says Dayton: “Although some colours certainly get their 15 minutes of fame, no colour is ever out…you should surround yourself with the colours that make you feel good.”

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Photos courtesy of Dayton Home and Carl Kleiner

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