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5 Cool Paint Colors for 2014

A new year brings the chance for change, and nothing makes a fresh start quite like a new coat of paint. Kate here, and this January I began making some positive changes to improve my home. From painting my cabinets in the laundry room to adding  a palette of silver and gold in my dining room, the changes have been a long time coming. Are you planning a makeover for your living roombedroom or bathroom? Here’s something that might help–a collection of 5 cool paint colors for 2014!

A few of the color suggestions in today’s post are Pantone’s 2014 picks for the home. One is an up and coming shade that’s increasingly appearing in the spotlight. Another is one of my top picks, selected for its warm, refreshing nature and its ability to complement other popular hues. Before you head to your local home improvement store to stock up on paint chips for ideas, consider these intriguing colors…

pantone colors 2014 5 Cool Paint Colors for 2014

Deep Mint

The first featured color is a gorgeous shade I like to call “deep mint.” Pantone refers to the color as “Hemlock.” Deep mint is powerful yet soothing. A bit richer than the icy mint hue often seen in retro kitchens, this shade can even have an elegant feel, especially when combined with other decadent colors such as violet. [from Jill Sorensen]

Mint and purple make a stunning combination 5 Cool Paint Colors for 2014
Mint and purple make a stunning combination

Deep mint can also be ideal for accents, as shown by the painted trim in the room below… [from CB2]

Minty accents in a white room
Minty accents in a white room

Deep mint and gray make a great duo for modern spaces, and the result is quite refreshing! [from Chris A. Dorsey Photography via Houzz]

Deep mint living area
Deep mint living area

The color is also rejuvenating and crisp, especially when combined with white. The clean look that results from this duo is perfect for powder rooms. The space below features mint tile rather than painted walls, but the overall effect is the same… [from murff BADA, LLC]

Mint makes a splash in a modern bathroom
Mint makes a splash in a modern bathroom

Charcoal Gray

We now move to a dark yet elegant shade known as charcoal gray. Charcoal ranges from deep gray to almost black. The effect of this hue is dramatic and rich, which is intriguing, given that many would consider this color a neutral. Note how bright hues such as orange and green pop against charcoal walls. [from CB2]

Charcoal gray in a room of neutrals and bright accents
Charcoal gray in a room of neutrals and bright accents

Speaking of orange, below we see this fiery color come to life against a charcoal gray wall. Also note the way marble and agate-motif surfaces become extra elegant when placed against a charcoal backdrop. [from West Elm]

Orange accents in a charcoal room
Orange accents in a charcoal room

Who says you can’t mix silver and gold?! Warm and cool tones create a design-savvy blend that has exploded in the design realm. Another reason to love charcoal: it provides the perfect setting for a combination of metallic tones. The contrast is striking, as shown by the charcoal wall, gold pillow, warm wooden tones and metallic detailing in the next featured space… [from West Elm]

Warm tones against a charcoal wall
Warm tones against a charcoal wall

The kitchen of designer and blogger Athena Calderone showcases the perfect blend of light charcoal, brassy details and marble. An unexpected combo with a decadent look… [from Camille Styles]

Charcoal kitchen with gold accents
Charcoal kitchen with gold accents

Lemon Yellow

The next hot paint color on today’s list is a sunny one. Say hello to lemon yellow! This vibrant color is increasingly appearing in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. The perfect complement to crisp white, it’s a visually stimulating choice for waking up an otherwise stark room. [from Old Brand New via A Beautiful Mess]

Bright yellow details in a crisp kitchen
Bright yellow details in a crisp kitchen

When the talented bloggers at A Beautiful Mess successfully completed a stunning kitchen makeover, our favorite feature of the new space was the vivid yellow painted cabinets. Modern and positively radiant, don’t you think?!…

Sunny yellow cabinets in a crisp white kitchen
Sunny yellow cabinets in a crisp white kitchen

Don’t underestimate the power of lemon yellow in an unexpected location, such as the ceiling… [from Tara Seawright]

Lemon yellow ceiling in a crisp kitchen
Lemon yellow ceiling in a crisp kitchen

The way yellow brightens an all-white room makes it an ideal choice for bathrooms, especially when the walls are white and the space is screaming for a wake-up call! [from Rethink Design Studio]

Lemon yellow details in a modern bathroom
Lemon yellow details in a modern bathroom

Raisin

Next up: raisin. An unusual color that can ranges from rosy brown to earthy purple, this hue will make you take a second look. While this unexpected shade is hardly common, it’s ideal for spaces that seek to establish a decadent vibe, such as the living room or the bedroom. [from Reinvented Interiors via Houzz]

Raisin makes a big impact with turquoise
Raisin makes a big impact with turquoise

The space above veers into purple territory with a shade similar to Pantone’s “Rose Brown,” while the space below takes on an almost maroon feel (much like Pantone’s “Rhubarb”). Isn’t this raisin bedroom ultra luxe?! [from Gordon Stein Design]

Raisin goes glam in a chic bedroom
Raisin goes glam in a chic bedroom

Raisin meets rose in this next bedroom from Mochi Home. Note the Mid-Century modern vibe. Yes, folks–raisin can even go retro!

Mid-Century modern bedroom with a raisin color scheme
Mid-Century modern bedroom with a raisin color scheme

While the accent trim in kitchen below is hardly raisin, it reminds us not to overlook a slightly different shade in the purple family–“Radiant Orchid,” Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014! [from Creative Design Construction]

Splash of Radiant Orchid in the kitchen
Splash of Radiant Orchid in the kitchen

Dusty Peach

We end with a color that has been heavily showcased in images from the renowned modern retailer CB2–a shade I like to call dusty peach. This inviting hue beautifully complements deep mint and raisin, two other unusual, unique colors from today’s post. Plus, it’s a serene version of orange, making it subtly powerful. Note how well this hue pairs with shades of blue and green…

Green accents in a peach bedroom
Green accents in a peach bedroom

Speaking of green, dusty peach blends beautifully with lime green, creating a beachy feel. Why shouldn’t your space remind you of a tropical vacation? [from CB2]

Lime green pops against peach walls
Lime green pops against peach walls

Not to mention, this earthy shade serves as a neutral in spaces like the one below. Note how it adds just the right amount of color while leaving room for other powerful statements, from artwork to the striking geometric rug. [from CB2]

Dusty peach and white bedroom
Dusty peach and white bedroom

It’s both calming and unforgettable. It’s the perfect backdrop to bright punches of color. It can serve as a stunning neutral. For these reasons and more, I’ve included dusty peach as one of the top colors for 2014! [photo by Bruce Damonte for Nick Noyes Architecture]

Dusty peach accent wall in a modern home
Dusty peach accent wall in a modern home

Which of today’s featured colors is your favorite for the new year?

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