Last Year’s “Color of the Year” Should Have Been Blue (Whoopsie, Pantone)

Since we are now firmly planted in 2014, it is safe to say that BLUE should have been last year’s official color; or, if you’re romantic, let’s call it “sapphire” or “azure.” In practice, blue WAS the color of the year, but history has a way of being remembered not by what the people did, but by what the royalty wrote down. When it comes to color, Pantone is still king.

Although green, and its emerald iteration, was a strong color story in fashion and eventually home decor–probably due to the self-fulfilling nature of Pantone’s predictions–blue stood out in 2013 and was utilized in all realms of design. Early in the year, I first noticed blue in Paris at the Maison and Objet show; it appeared in all forms of fashion, and has since saturated our world.

Blue is a tremendous color; it exudes calmness, trustworthiness, stability, and security. This reflects where we are as a nation and a world: we are positive, forward-looking, and hungry for stability both in politics and our day-to-day lives. In Pantone’s fashion color report for Spring 2014, Dazzling Blue (a more exciting version of navy) was chosen as the top color for the season. I agree, and I believe that blue will not go away anytime soon. In 2014 and 2015 blue will not only stay around, but will also become an established and reliable neutral. Instead of acting purely as a strong accent, blue will also become a ubiquitous base color, like grey has recently been in home, fashion, and design.

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