The overriding trend for 2014

We are in a time of great change and in order to capitalise on new and exciting opportunities we must understand who we are and how we fit into the new order of things. By looking afresh at what we have we can unlock the potential that surrounds us. The mood of the moment has a great effect on the type of colours that are popular and for 2014 we see a world in search of answers, which provides us with an open and exciting palette of colours to inspire renewal in the year ahead.

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Colour of the Year - Sea Urchin 1

The top trend colour for 2014 perfectly combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquillity of blue. Reflecting the overriding trend of unlocking, this muted teal has a gentle character and is a favourite in the world of design. Deeper and more sophisticated than turquoise, teal has a subdued richness which is often used to describe tropical seas of shimmering bluish green. A tertiary colour, teal is the combination of primary blue and secondary green which today is used to describe several different tones of this majestic colour.

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Silent Revolution

With power moving to the Introvert, design is starting to lose its ego, becoming more understated and thoughtful.

Introverted design celebrates simplicity and innovation to create beautiful forms and spaces that don’t show off.

The Silent Revolution palette is extremely subtle using slight shifts in hue and tone to create delicate combinations of tinted white and neutral mid tones

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Margin of Proof

Having a number to hold onto can be comforting in the chaos of our fast paced lives.

More of us are taking an analytical approach in our home life, setting objectives and measuring our performance in order to maximise our potential.

The Margin of Proof palette is constructed of masculine neutrals with an architectural appearance.

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Urban Folk

We all want to be part of something that is bigger than ourselves. Reconnecting with our roots reminds us where we have come from.

Patterns in folk art differ widely around the world but although the narrative changes there is a common sense of warmth and community.

Combine similar shades for a harmonious story like plum, damson and burgundy and then add a surprise contrast of ochre or light blue

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Secret Garden

This fascinating trend explores the idea of more harnessing the barely there, the fleeting and the ephemeral.

Floral motifs underpin this trend, but not bright frothy blooms, rather delicate blurred designs which are open to interpretation.

The Secret garden palette is filled with soft, smoky tones. Imagine rope plums, almost neutral tones of lilac and that perfect shade of delicate dove grey.

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Do It Now!

Cut loose and embrace the impermanence of cheap and throw-away materials to create imperfect design and dramatic patterns.

Raise an eyebrow or two, encouraging a smile or stimulate a conversation.

This is a high octane, energetic medley of colours where anything goes. Clash and contrast or combine and blend to create a riot of colour.