Put your decorating fears to bed and awaken your personality with the latest color trends
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(BPT) - The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality.

Looking for a place to start? Find a paint color that matches your character and charisma. Paint manufacturers are now releasing their predictions for 2014's hot colors. Many, like the four trend palettes from Pratt & Lambert - Common Ground, Uncharted, Nature's Bounty and Grace - provide descriptions and pose questions that can reveal your perfect color choice.

Common Ground

Are you enticed by the beauty and mystery of different cultures? Are you constantly looking for ways to embrace your adventurous side? If so, the Common Ground palette is for you. Inspired by dramatic, floral patterns, tribal prints and saturated hues, this global palette features boldly exotic and fearless colors. Pair Olive Grove with Orange Spice to get a look worthy of a world traveler. Dress the room in dark-wood accents, brass hardware and fixtures and rich textures to complement the new daring hues.


Do the depths of the sea and unexplored realms of the universe cause your curious side to quiver with excitement? If yes, then it's time for you to discover the colors of Uncharted. By focusing on bright colors set in dark spaces, you'll awaken your spirit and open your mind to the unknown. Incorporate Delightful Aqua or Deep Cerise with Noir to get an out-of-this-world, fantasy-worthy room. Polish your bed with velvety, plush pillows and a comforter in a chic, peacock pattern to add another touch of whimsy.

Nature's Bounty

Looking for a more simplistic slumber? Find harmony with the earth through Nature's Bounty palette, which celebrates the purity of Mother Nature and a sustainable, responsible future. This trend brings with it rich, honest colors representative of whole foods, plants and soil from the farm-to-table movement. Bring Pratt & Lambert's 2014 Color of the Year, Sunspot, into your restful room for a natural touch that will liven the space. Complete the look by showcasing the raw and unique look of unfinished wood. Accessorize with handmade, knitted blankets to give an organic, honest feeling.


If you're looking for a soothing and feminine place to rest your weary eyes, the Grace palette can calm your nerves and provide a soft backdrop to a rough day. This color offering is inspired by the peacefulness, tranquility and subtle delicateness of the world that surrounds us. Muted colors and ethereal, earth tones, like Blue Star and Dover White, work together to create nostalgic beauty and a relaxing retreat. Dress the room with light, airy fabrics and romantic, antique accessories for a minimalistic boudoir that will leave you feeling rested.

By narrowing in on a few key trends, you'll sift through the color clutter to create a special sanctuary that reflects your individuality and personality. There's nothing to fear - simply invite new colors to the space and wake up a tired bedroom that echoes your spirit and soul.

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