The hottest trend color for 2014 will be Placid Blue, a soft and inviting pastel #15-3920, according to the Color Trend experts at Pantone. The designers at Beasley & Henley Interior Design (Winter Park and Naples) enthusiastically agree. Blue has never gone out of style of course, but like many colors it ebbs and flows in popularity. Blues in general are a perennial favorite, often referred to as ‘a pocket-sized vacation of sea and sky’. According to psychologists who explore the intricate interaction of color, behavior and mood, blue’s basic emotional valence is calmness and open-endedness, in contrast to the aggression associated with colors such as red. People associate blues with the positive characteristics of wisdom, loyalty and trust.
In home design, Blues will be seen in fabrics (see chair below by Dedar.com), lighting, wall colors, lacquered finishes and much more. In additional, they will make glamorous statements in focal piece chandeliers (see below – Anthropology.com) and rugs. Placid Blue fabrics can be matched easily with complementary colors such as yellow and white.