Just the other day I was taking part in a conversation about interior design colour trends on the Modenus Google+ community. I shared my thoughts on how I predicted blues would be the Colour of the Year in 2014 as I felt they were becoming more and more popular as a ‘neutral’ alternative. Traditional neutrals – whites, greys, browns – are always the best sellers at paint brands and will be for many years, but there is a definite shift in the pattern with more people gravitating towards pale blue-green hues for their base palettes.
So I was thrilled when I discovered that Benjamin Moore announced Breath of Fresh Air – a pale, powdery sky blue – as their Colour of the Year 2014! The brand have predicted a shift towards people using colour in the form of softened and filtered pastels as a way to lift the spirit of a space without shouting too loudly. Breath of Fresh Air is designed to flatter the objects and art in a space and they’re calling it their new neutral. Of course, Mr. Bazaar is delighted at this news because I’m not only an advocate of decorating with blue but simply keen to see more people incorporating colour into their homes. I think Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year 2014 is a shrewd choice because it echoes the extensive trend for pastels across the interiors landscape (and far beyond, for that matter) in the last few years. Yet Breath of Fresh Air isn’t a typical pastel because it’s not too youthful, nor too saccharine. Instead it feels fresh, invigorating, liveable; quietly understated yet interesting and welcoming.
The announcement inspired me to pull together not only a series of spaces that have been decorated in shades the are part of this colour family, but also a market picks round up of pieces that work well to layer the Colour of the Year 2014 into your home. I’d love to know your thoughts on Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year – do you have any spaces with similar shades in already at home? Do you like decorating with blue?