Spicing it up with Cayenne

Pantone keeps a running survey on its website, tracking readers' favorite colors from its Spring 2014 Color Report. The number one trending color? Cayenne, this season's spicy blend of red and coral, and my theme for this week's 100 Pairs in 100 Days collection.

Warm and fresh, Cayenne stands alone beautifully.
Silver spacers by the Fire Goddess, handmade earwires
Glass rounds by Thornburg Bead Studios

It's equally assertive paired elegantly with white, or with dark, organic neutrals.

At right, clay spiral textured discs by Marsha Neal, spacer beads by Thornburg Bead Studio

I think Cayenne is at its best when paired with similar hues like orange or pink...

Starlight Knots, from a tutorial by Gwen Fisher

...and then really spices things up when you add in just a touch of pastel blue.

Lampwork discs pictured above, and glass headpins pictured below by The Fire Goddess

Vivid brights, soft pastels or classy neutrals? Click over to the Pantone website and vote for your favorite Spring hue!


  1. Wow, Karin, these are really HOT *TeeHee* I'm surprised how great Cayenne looks with that pale blue (fire and water!)

  2. Fabulous! They are all spectacular! I never thought I liked orange until Patone's choice of Tangerine Tango in 2012, but I really found it to be fun to work with. Cayenne strikes me as a more mature version of tangerine. Luscious, hot, and great. (and another reason to go bead shopping...)

  3. I love this color, and your earrings! This color looks so amazing with simple silver like the first two pairs - just stunning! But I'm sitting here staring at those weave earrings - how cool is that! going to have to try that!

  4. I love them all, but especially the first pair, with the silver heart connectors, and the beadwoven pair - that pattern is fascinating!

  5. Nice earings. Well done.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.