2014 Colors of the Year

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year is Exclusive Plum. It’s a sophisticated version of violet; purple with a touch of grey. It’s a color that men and women will like. SW suggests pairing it with copper, but I tend toward cool colors. It would be scrumptious with pale greys, hammered silver and deep fern green

Sherwin Williams 2014 Color of the Year Exclusive Plum

SW Exclusive Plum

PPG went in a different direction with their color of the year. They chose Turning Oak Leaf, a buttery shade of yellow.

This pale, mellow color is a refreshing change from all the bright and saturated colors we’ve seen in recent years.

It will go with almost any color palette. I would love to see it paired with Exclusive Plum.

PPG 2014 Color of the Year Turning Oak Leaf

Benjamin Moore went with Breath of Fresh Air, a crisp sky blue. They are calling it their new neutral. Although it will go with many other colors, I’m not sure I would go so far as referring to it as a neutral. But it is a lovely shade of blue that makes me wish it were summer.

Benjamin Moore's 2014 Color of the Year Breathe of Fresh Air 

Pantone went with Radiant Orchid, a vibrant, bright fuchsia. This is my least favorite color choice for 2014. And I love pink and purple! I can see this shade in a girl’s room, but only as an accent color, in very small doses. I don’t have too many clients ready to paint the family room in orchid.

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Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Let me know what you think of these colors. Which one would you decorate with?