Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Color Family #1: Cool and Bright

Ultra Violet, Crocus Petal and Nebulas Blue

As a tip of the cap to 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, we start our Fall/Winter 2018 color families with these intriguing cool tones. The reason for our intrigue? Cool colors aren’t supposed to be this ‘forward’ – and yet, here we are. Ultra Violet commands one’s attention immediately, while Crocus Petal has a warm pink undertone that makes your eye linger a bit longer.

With all due deference to the purple tones, we are completely enamored with Nebulas Blue, one of the most dazzling blue tones Pantone has selected in the last 2-3 years. We expect to see Nebulas Blue everywhere – runways, home designs, graphic design, etc.


Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018
Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

2. Color Family #2: Rich and Seductive

Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat

When we see Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat together, we can’t help but think of a glamorous Hollywood starlet with a stunning red dress and a stole wrapped around her shoulders. Meerkat is the perfect compliment to these two red tones, with its punch of warm brown for support. None of these tones will have an easy time taking a ‘back seat’ to others in your kitchen or bath design; we’re most intrigued to see what designers can do with Red Pear.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #3: The Bold Standouts

Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow

You can’t be shy and utilize any of these colors in your design – Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow are for the bright, the brassy and the bold. While the mustard-tinged Ceylon Yellow may prove to have the most utility in kitchen and bath design, the proper splashes of either of its counterparts in this color family can be used to achieve dramatic, eye-catching results. Be careful not to overuse any of these tones, however!

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

Color Family #4: Smart and Sophisticated

Quetzal Green, Martini Olive and Sargasso Sea

If you want your design to radiate confidence, sophistication and luxury, these three Pantone colors should be in strong consideration for inclusion. Quetzal Green is a gorgeous blue-green that appears to be the offspring of emerald and sapphire. Martini Olive evokes images of upscale bars and dens, and is a rare green shade that could even be seen by some as a neutral. Sargasso Sea, meanwhile, is the most intriguing of all the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, providing a steady navy blue backbone to the season.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #5: Highly Versatile Neutrals

Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu

Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 color palette provides some of the most satisfying, pairable neutral tones in recent memory. Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu aren’t just neutrals that sit in the background; any one of them could easily be the lead primary color in your design. Tofu, in particular, may be our favorite ‘off-white’ neutral Pantone selection in years. With just enough warmth underneath a steady white base, Tofu is quietly one of the real winners of the Fall/Winter 2018 collection, and should be a strong contender for any neutral-tone kitchen design or bath design.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

The Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report has been released, and it (as always) has a direct effect on every facet of the world of design. Here at Design Your Lifestyle, we’re obviously most interested in how the 10 colors selected in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 palette affect the landscape of home design, interior design, and specifically custom kitchen and bath design.

Our first take of the collection was one of pleasant surprise. Traditionally, the autumn and winter seasonal color palette is a bit more staid and reserved, with more neutral tones, deep blues, grays and a hint of color. Not so in 2018! The Fall/Winter 2018 color palette is rich with vibrant colors, some pastels and bold, warm tones. Pantone stated with the release of the Spring 2018 Color Trend Report that 2018 would be more colorful in general; they certainly followed through with their promise here. It’s key to note that Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, appears in this collection.

In our last article, we covered the smart, versatile Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors. It would appear the classic color palette was designed specifically to pair neatly with these 10 tones, as the “mix and match” possibilities are bountiful.

The seasonal Pantone Color Trend Reports are best represented on the runways of Fashion Week and the world’s most notable fashion designers. But how do these 10 colors adapt and translate to the world of home design?

Short answer: some are less adaptable than others. There are easy candidates for home design to spot among the collection (Nebulas Blue, Martini Olive), but how does one integrate colors like Russet Orange or Limelight into the home? (Or should they at all?)

Let’s take a look at the 10 selections in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report and color palette, and offer a quick perspective on where they may fit into a smart home design.

Pantone’s 10 Colors for Fall/Winter 2018

1. Red Pear

Red Pear stunned and invigorated on the runway, but will it do the same for your home? We generally don’t see it as a wall color (perhaps an accent wall?) in most scenarios, but Red Pear certainly brings sophistication and depth to any space. Pair wisely with a very neutral/white tone, and Red Pear may prove to be a real stunner.

Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Valiant Poppy

Pantone describes Valiant Poppy as “brave and outgoing”, and we couldn’t say it better. This isn’t a red shade to toy with; Valiant Poppy is not going to shy away and fade into the background of your home’s color scheme. If you desire a bold red space, look no further.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

3. Nebulas Blue

Perhaps the most versatile of all the Fall/Winter 2018 colors when it comes to home design, we enjoy the richness of Nebulas Blue. It works well as a nautical tone, a bold bright blue, a primary or secondary shade. We’re intrigued by its potential as a complementary tone in a white kitchen or white bath.

Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Ceylon Yellow

A mustard yellow with a bit of ‘spice’, Ceylon Yellow is perhaps more versatile than other yellow tones – simply due to the fact it’s not as ‘bright and sunny’. The mixture of yellow-brown mutes the warmth of Ceylon Yellow, allowing it to serve as a secondary, complementary design tone in the proper setting.

Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Martini Olive

If you’re looking for a muted, savvy earth tone, Martini Olive is the kind of green you may like. Use it to evoke an earthy feeling in your space, or to solid effect in a more “sophisticated” bar, office, or lounge.

Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

6. Russet Orange

Here’s the paradox of Russet Orange: we love its bright, sunny disposition and bold orange hue. The same characteristics that make us love it as a color make us wary of it in design. If your space relies on earth tones and wood features, Russet Orange may have some utility in very small doses.

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

7. Ultra Violet

This bold tone is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. Ultra Violet is “a lot of purple” to take in at once, and while it makes a fantastic runway statement as a primary tone, it may not do the same in your home design. Except for rare occasions, Ultra Violet is best utilized as an accent shade.

Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

8. Crocus Petal

A pastel shade usually reserved for Pantone Spring collections, Crocus Petal is fresh and floral. If you’re looking for a soft touch in your home design, a shade like this one (used properly) can provide comfort and relaxation.

Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

9. Limelight

Limelight is either the center of attention in your design, or not in your design whatsoever. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart or the conservative designer. If you’re trying to make a statement, Limelight may be the color for you – but proceed with caution.

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

10. Quetzal Green

A deep emerald jewel tone reminiscent of recent Pantone selection Arcadia, Quetzal Green trends even closer to blue than past green tones in Pantone color palettes. It’s not an “all-over” shade, but it definitely has use in accents, decor and accessory pieces.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Cool But Powerful Colors

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Cool But Powerful Colors

The Spring 2018 Pantone color palette proves that cool can be powerful. Three of the most captivating, dominating shades in the 12-tone Pantone seasonal collection are from the “cooler” end of the color spectrum, showing the design world that greens, blues and purples can take center stage in any design.

In two previous articles, Design Your Lifestyle has broken the 12-color Pantone Spring 2018 collection into sets of three – the Versatile Complementary Colors and the Bright Tones. Our third of four pieces regarding the collection focuses on the Cool But Powerful Colors – three shades that help change the perception of greens, blues and purples in Spring 2018 design.

This trio is led by the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). An unflinching, powerful purple, Ultra Violet is equals parts mystical and dominant. By its side stand the blue-green of Arcadia and the light but attention-grabbing Little Boy Blue. Together, these 3 colors form our Cool But Powerful collection of the Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette.

The 12 shades selected for the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette (plus the 4 “Classic Colors” listed as an addendum) are a large step for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

So let’s take a closer look at these 3 strong-yet-cool colors, and how they influence color and design trends in the Spring 2018 season.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838)

The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year would make Prince and Jimi Hendrix proud. Ultra Violet is a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” color, according to Pantone. Unafraid to make a statement, Ultra Violet is confident and complex.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Ultra Violet

Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.

Arcadia (Pantone 16-5533)

Arcadia is a little more “retro” of a color, according to Pantone itself. Still, this deep blue-green is strong enough to leap into the present and demand our attention. Somewhat adjacent to an emerald jewel tone, Arcadia stays rooted in the trend of natural green and blue shades that began in Pantone’s 2017 collections.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Arcadia

Little Boy Blue (Pantone 16-4132)

Baby blue isn’t just for kids anymore. Despite its name, Little Boy Blue packs more of a punch than other light blues, and it’s far less pastel than fellow Spring 2018 color selections Blooming Dahlia and Pink Lavender. Instead, Little Boy Blue is more reminiscent of a Carolina Blue.

Pantone Spring 2018 collection Little Boy Blue

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Color design lovers, prepare for an explosion of color in Spring 2018! Pantone has released its Spring 2018 color palette for New York Fashion Week that offers 12 bold color choices, as well as a “Classic color palette” that presents another 4 selections.

It’s a huge leap forward for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

The Spring 2018 expansion to 16 colors provides an even larger palette from which to choose – and that doesn’t even include the “London” color palette!

Pantone’s Spring 2018 color palette delivers a knockout punch of bright colors, floral blooms, and vibrant tones. It’s interesting to note that the neutral tones selected for the Spring 2018 collection are a departure from grays and off-blacks of past seasons. Instead, Pantone focuses its neutral tones on woodsy, earthy browns and gentle off-whites.

The Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette screams “yacht party” with its 4 nautical colors. Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist, Warm Sand, and Coconut Milk are a traditional color design lover’s dream come true.

The combination of bright, floral colors and earthy neutrals is of particular interest to home design and interior design teams (like our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Taking a cue from Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette dares to be optimistic, warm, and upbeat.

We’ll be delving into each of the 16 colors in Pantone’s Spring 2018 collection in the coming weeks. For now, here’s an overview of the entire Pantone color palette for Spring 2018.

Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette: The 16 Colors Selected

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pantone Palette

PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet – Pantone 2018 Color of the Year
PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador
PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch

Spring 2018 Pantone Classic Color Palette

PANTONE 19-4034 Sailor Blue

PANTONE 14-4202 Harbor Mist

PANTONE 15-1214 Warm Sand

PANTONE 11-0608 Coconut Milk

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

If you had any questions as to whether or not 2018 was going to be a bold, vibrant year in design – well, Pantone just answered them.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. A confident, striking, and complex purple, Ultra Violet is touted by the color experts at Pantone as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful”.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

In their introduction of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year, Pantone refers to “enigmatic purples” as evocative of artistic and social brilliance, before invoking the names of such luminaries as Prince and Jimi Hendrix.

Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.

Now that we have our Color of the Year, the question for home, interior, kitchen and bath designers is simple. Where do we go from here?

Ultra Violet is a bold choice by Pantone, and admittedly seems far better suited to fashion design that interior or industrial design – at least on first glance. Decor designers have already utilized Ultra Violet on accessories and furniture, ranging from lounges to lamps, carpets to chairs.

What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?
What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?

But will we see home designers bold enough to utilize Ultra Violet as a primary or statement shade for full room design? Is 2018 the year where purple dominates accent walls, wainscoting, and total area paint rather than throws, accessories and pillows?

Early returns are in, and reviews are generally positive for Pantone’s choice of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year. The Guardian appears captivated by Ultra Violet, providing a vivid display of photos utilizing the shade of purple. Meanwhile, the New York Times is a bit more cautious in its appraisal, calling the color more “wishful thinking” than a reflection of what’s actually happening in society.

But that’s part of the charm of Ultra Violet – sometimes, the color we put into our world is simply a reflection of what we want it to be. And by injecting a mystical, vivid, daydreamer’s shade of purple into 2018, perhaps Pantone is giving us all a way to design our lives into a positive state.

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