Calling it a modern twist on the traditional, color authority Pantone® filled its Spring 2014 palette with a combination of soft pastels and vivid bolds. With many of the contrasting pastels and brights inspired by nature, especially blooming flowers, the colors are a natural fit for outdoor weddings and other fashion-inspired tented events.
Pantone describes the palette, with suggestions for color pairing, this way:
- Placid Blue (Pantone 15-3920), like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness.
- Violet Tulip (Pantone 16-8323), a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia.
- Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock (Pantone 15-6114), a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons. Pair Hemlock, Placid Blue and Violet Tulip with a bolder hue for an au courant look.
- Sand (Pantone 15-1225), a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance.
- Paloma (Pantone 16-0000) serves as a quintessential neutral and may be combined with any color for sophisticated poise.
- Cayenne (Pantone 18-0651), a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia (Pantone 14-0852), a blazing yellow.
- A tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia’s warmth and energy help set the stage for Celosia Orange (Pantone 17-1360), an optimistic, spontaneous hue. Pair Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for a captivating vision, much like the setting summer sun.
- The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224), a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue (Pantone 18-3949), a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue. Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors.