Pantone’s anticipated seasonal forecast spotlights 15 hues poised to rule the closet and home come September—and some shades are anything but traditional.

By Marisa Spyker
February 20, 2018
Photo: Erin Kunkel, Styling by Liz Strong

As the promise of chilly winter days starts to fade, there’s no question: We’ve got spring on the mind. In the design world, however, things are just heating up for fall.

And if you’re itching to get on top of autumn trends, you might want to direct your gaze to a palette a bit more unexpected than the ubiquitous shades of changing leaves. 

According to Pantone, the authority on all things color, bolder and brighter hues are on the horizon for the Fall/Winter 2018 season. And while the predictions primarily focus on fashion, they inevitably influence design in all its forms.

“The Fall/Winter 2018 palette continues to show designers expressing the need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity though fashion,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a press release. “As designers and consumers alike continue to transition away from cyclical trends, and instead focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure, we are seeing very notable non-traditional choices.”

Pantone Color Institute 

Pantone pinpointed a palette of 10 hot hues for fall, with earthy, yet bolder fall favorites like Russet Orange and Martini Olive complimenting wild cards like the electric Nebulas Blue and the cheerful Limelight, a “pungent yellow-green [that] becomes the center of attention,” said Eiseman.

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Like the spring forecast, the show-stealing shades are reflective of a shift toward vibrant self-expression, with designers opting for looks that incorporate one bold hue in unexpected ways.  

“More so than in previous seasons, many of these hues are being used to make a very specific statement when used singularly,” said Eiseman.

Those less willing to bet it all on a single eye-catcher can still take inspiration from Pantone’s five-color Classic Palette, a collection of neutrals that provides the perfect backdrop for trendy brights.

Pantone Color Institute 

And if the concept of rapidly shifting trends has your head spinning, the Classic Color Palette (we love the deep blue Sargasso Sea) is a fail-proof solution that bridges the seasons with ease.

Find more inspiration for decorating with Pantone’s Fall/Winter palette here:

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