Even though a crazy last blast o’ winter just covered much of the northeastern US in a blanket of white, Spring officially arrived this past Monday, and with it comes COLOR! It’s time to shake off the winter blues (and blacks and grays) and bust out some brights. The color gurus at Pantone have forecast their top ten seasonal picks, which break into five colors on the softer side of Spring, and five more vivid tones that can segue right into summer. Read on to plan your next palette.
Pantone pulls its color trend report from the runways of high fashion, which debuted their Spring lines several months ago. After watching which items within the collections stood out, and how many designers used similar colors, they put together their final forecast. Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman describes it as an always evolving process. “It seems to me that exponentially it just gets better and better, because there is just so much originality and freedom in the use of color, particularly in the use of combinations. It’s fun for us to see the extremes too — from the silly to the sublime.”
The softer side of Spring
The first five color trends are reminiscent of a meadow bursting into bloom. Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut, and Island Paradise are the muted tones at the center of the group. These subtle shades are not your common nursery tones of pink, beige, and blue. They have greater depth, giving them a warmth and richness that works well from high fashion to home décor. These are colors you can use liberally without fear.
Buttery Primrose Yellow and refreshing Greenery round out this first set of five, adding the colorful enthusiasm of a perfect sunny Spring day. Greenery actually has the double distinction of being Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year! Primrose and Greenery go together as perfectly as a beautiful carpet of daffodils. Greenery is a lively, yellow-green, without any clashing blue undertones, like the new shoots, stems, and leaves that signal Spring’s arrival.
The segue into Summer
These next five colors echo the vitality of the great outdoors, from the beach brights of Flame and Pink Yarrow to the high mountain landscape of Niagara, Kale, and Lapis Blue.
Niagara was the most frequent color spotted by Pantone in the fashion collections of Spring, and it’s a key component in a trio of back-to-nature shades: the bright blue sky of Niagara, overlooking the rich, green foliage of Kale, and both wrapping around a deep lake of Lapis Blue.
Mixing these more earth-bound tones with a vivid orange and pink is wonderfully imaginative! We love these two vibrant, almost theatrical tones. They would be perfect pops of color for so many projects. But just like a good spice, a little bit goes a long way.
Playing with color is addicting, and the right blend can make the difference in a finished look that is just “okay” and one that is truly captivating.
If you’re a Sew4Home regular, you know we take our mixing and matching seriously. There are so many choices out there; it can seem overwhelming to pull everything together into just the right combination. Although mastering the proper mixology of color and motif is something designers spend years perfecting, there are basics everyone can use to create a fabulous look. Check out our tutorial on The Top Ten Designer Tips for Blending Colors and Prints. It’s part art, part science, and just plain fun!