Are you feeling a little vibrant? I mean really vibrant. I mean bring summer into spring kind of vibrant. Well you should be, because the Spring 2014 PANTONE color palate is absolutely gorgeous – and you might have to get a little brave to use it. Hues like Hemlock and Sand will ease the minds of those who travel the neutral roads of life, but if you’re ready to kick your heels off (or your…dress shoes…) and get a little colorful, then take a walk with me down Spring 2014 Spring Color Road!
Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224)
Who doesn’t love orchid? It’s a color you just can’t describe other than to call it orchid. The vibrant not-quite-neon purple is usually difficult to work into color palates since it’s so bright and calls so much attention to itself. Unless, of course, the color gods at PANTONE deem it permissible – in which case my vote is to use it as much as humanly possible. Pairing orchid with white is a great idea for bridal jewelry creation, particularly for spring and summer weddings, while pairing it with other Spring 2014 colors such as Sand or Paloma make for interesting combinations that you can incorporate into your designs.
Violet Tulip (PANTONE 16-3823)
If orchid is the vibrant, daring, controversial fashionista, then Violet Tulip is the sweet, rule-abiding sister. But don’t count this color out as being dull. Violet Tulip is a gorgeous hue that combines hints of pale purple with an almost forget-me-not blue tone and just a splash of Orchid’s electricity. The result is a surprising but demure violet color that can (and should) be incorporated into spring creations. Pair it with Hemlock for a touch of fantasy, or Sand for a vintage-inspired, classy combination.
Dazzling Blue (PANTONE 18-3949)
If you’re like me, when you think “dazzling”, blue isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. That is until now. This shade of blue is absolutely stunning, drenched in royalty, sparkling with natural beauty, and – well – dazzling at first sight. Combine it with Hemlock for an oceanic theme, or go for bold by combining it with another vibrant Spring 2014 PANTONE hue such as Freesia. And if you’re designing for a wedding, finding something blue shouldn’t be too difficult this season.
Placid Blue (PANTONE 15-3920)
Placid Blue and Violet Tulip both roll their eyes in contempt of their outrageous siblings. As Violet Tulip provides a subtle, demure side to Orchid so, too, Placid Blue provides a calming alternative to Dazzling Blue. It’s almost an antique blue which, when combined with colors like Sand and Hemlock, creates a watercolor appearance that is nostalgic and nautical all at once. Use it whenever your work needs a cool, calm breath of fresh air.
Hemlock (PANTONE 15-6114)
Hemlock is one of my favorite colors in the Spring 2014 palate. There’s something so “old book” about it that I can’t put my finger on. It seems like it would be the color of the binding of an antique book, or the type of green that you’d find in a fairy grotto. It evokes imagination and romance all at once, and quite frankly, I can’t wait to use it. While I find it difficult to describe Hemlock, if I had to I’d say it’s a dusty robin egg blue mixed with a faded sea foam green – but even that doesn’t quite do it justice. Take a look for yourself, and see how you can mix Hemlock with other Spring 2014 colors – or even neutrals – for a gorgeous color combination.
Paloma (PANTONE 16-0000)
I have to be honest. When I first saw Paloma, I did a bit of a head tilt. You know, how puppies do when they can’t understand what they’re seeing. I wasn’t sure I loved it. Sure, everyone needs a neutral, but I just didn’t understand the flat grey. So I went searching for palates and concept ideas, like I’ve linked to throughout this article, and I came across the collage I have linked in this section – and I fell in love. I understood the point of Paloma – that it was more than just a neutral. Paloma is a cloudy day in vintage Paris, the feeling you get when your bare feet are resting on stones at the bottom of a river, and the calm before the storm along a dreary yet dazzling seaside. Paloma is a feeling, and if you can capture that feeling in your work, you’re well on your way to making others fall in love with it, too.
Sand (PANTONE 15-1225)
This color is self-explanatory and unique all at once. It’s part champagne, part seaside, and I just love it. Living in California I can tell you that capturing the feeling of sand between your toes is really difficult to do. You can explain it, take pictures, but unless you’re there you just can’t impart that feeling to someone else – unless you’re using Sand to tell your story. This color feels like the beach and every relaxing and carefree feeling associated with it. Use it as a breathy neutral in your work, and mix it with rose gold tone metal and Placid Blue for a romantic and nautical piece.
Freesia (PANTONE 14-0852)
Just when you’re feeling relaxed on the seashore on a cloudy day, Freesia comes in to mix it all up again. This eye-popping canary yellow is an aesthetic punch that is beautiful and bold all at once. Using it as a main color can be tricky, as you don’t want to overdo it. But mixing it in as a flavorful kick – particularly with colors like Cayenne – is a great design decision. If jewelry making were cooking, Freesia would be the curry.
Cayenne (PANTONE 18-1651)
If colors were children, I wouldn’t be allowed to pick favorites. Fortunately, they’re not, so I can, and Cayenne is absolutely my favorite color this season. The best way to describe Cayenne is to say that it’s coral with an attitude. It’s coral with a pixie cut, a black leather jacket, and a sassy pair of heels. Coral and bright red got in a fight and called it even, and the truce became Cayenne. It’s not so bold that you can’t use it in elegant settings, such as bridal jewelry, but it’s not so pastel that it can’t be left alone with a neutral. If you’re looking for a sweet and saucy addition to your color palate this season, Cayenne might be just the cure.
Celosia Orange (PANTONE 17-1360)
As a die-hard Seahawks fan, I was a little insulted at the Dazzling Blue/Celosia Orange combination in this season’s color palate. I mean who did this, a Broncos fan? But then we won the Super Bowl and I was good with it. Okay, so I’m half kidding – but seriously, this orange is the same eye-popping, in your face, fiery orange that you might associate with a certain Denver football team. It’s like the perfect pumpkin – electrified. And it’s absolutely epic. If you really want to get some hearts racing, mix Cayenne, Celosia Orange, and Freesia for an insane (but gorgeous) creation. If you’re even starting to think twice about incorporating this color into your jewelry designs this spring, stop thinking, listen to Nike, and just do it!
Hopefully the links and descriptions of PANTONE’s Spring 2014 color palate have you inspired and ready to design. Incorporate other colors you love, use some pops of color, and get a little whimsical with the dusty pastels of Spring 2014. I personally can’t wait to get started, and I’m already dabbling with (okay drenching a project in) Dazzling Blue. This is going to be one vibrant spring, and I hope you have a lot of fun designing with these brilliant colors.