Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway

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Image: The Selby

With Fashion Week just around the corner (It begins on February 6th), now may be the perfect time to reflect on runway trends that seamlessly translate into interior design. When it comes to colors, the Pantone Fashion Color Report provides a palette of popular hues from last year’s runway. Its selection of pastels, neutrals, and brights offers fashionable inspiration for your next decorating project.

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior CollectiveImage: Pantone

Placid Blue and Violet Tulip

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior Collective

Image: David Collins via Sukio

This room by David Collins shows the sophisticated possibilities of pairing Placid Blue and Violet Tulip. With their color report, Pantone invites us to reimagine blue as a versatile neutral—perfect for a wall color or a large upholstered piece. Meanwhile, Violet Tulip offers a happy, “nostalgic” accent.

Freesia and Paloma

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior CollectiveImage: Domino Magazine

Freesia and Paloma may be one of my favorite combinations. After all, you can never go wrong with gray, and a bright “blazing yellow” like Freesia will give a room impact. Decorator Matthew Sudock used a similar color as both artwork and headboard in this modern bedroom.

Celosia and Sand

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior CollectiveImage: NY Times

Pantone refers to Celosia as a “sophisticated orange” because it’s bright and optimistic without looking like a popsicle. Designer Sheila Bridges tempered a similar hue, Orange Blossom by Benjamin Moore, with Sand-y accents in her apartment’s front hall.

Hemlock

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior CollectiveImage: Elle Décor

Like Placid Blue, Pantone recommends using Hemlock, a “summery ornamental green,” as either a background or accent color. Here, it provides a chic canvas for statement pieces like a custom brass staircase.

Radiant Orchid and the Rest

Color Inspiration From Spring’s Pantone Runway on the Interior CollectiveImage: The Selby

Of course, I must mention 2014’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. It’s much deeper than I previously thought, more similar to this painting of Shakespeare than the settee beneath. Other colors in Pantone’s spring palette include Cayenne Red and Dazzling Blue, which, along with Radiant Orchid, rate as the three favorites in Pantone’s online survey.

From tranquil to spicy to scintillating to carefree, there’s an option for every mood and personality. Which color from Pantone’s report would work in your home?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.