Did you know that there’s an official “color of the year”? If you read design blogs very often, I’m sure you do. I don’t talk about it much here because I think it’s kind of funny. Every year, the people at Pantone name the official “color of the year”, and for a couple of months, all of the blogs are abuzz about it. It kind of seems to me that it’s just more fodder for blogs and magazines. Another way to sell more stuff, more paint, more clothes, more nail polish, etc., that will only be deemed “so 2014” a few months down the road. . .
And, even with all of the hype, you have to wonder how much real people are actually influenced by the color of the year. I can see how one particular color can influence fashion for a season, but I would guess most of us don’t have the budget or inclination to change up our houses according to what the experts say. Color in home design seems more personal than trendy. This year’s color is “radiant orchid” (a fancy name for purple), in case you didn’t get the memo. I have to be honest, I’m not naturally drawn to much of anything in the purple family. Or, at least I wasn’t until I saw this living room by my friend Sherry.
above images via Sherry Hart Designs
She makes the whole “pop of color” thing look effortless and beautifully demonstrates how an “on-trend” color can fit into a room by just bringing in a few fabrics and accessories. (All of which could be easily changed out, by the way, if the homeowner falls in love with “shimmering sunset” or whatever next year’s color happens to be.)
What’s your take on the “color of the year” hype?