Thursday 1 September 2016

Pantone's Colour Forecast for 2017

We are kicking off September with Pantone's Colour Forecast for 2017. Can you believe that 2016 is nearly over? Incredible!

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute recently unveiled the 2017 colour trends at the International Home & Housewares Show. 2016 was the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity, a warm rose tone and a tranquil cool blue. It was the very first time Pantone had chosen two colours to be the Colour Of The Year!

And for the new year, expect the unexpected! 2017 will bring with it many unexpected colour combinations that are forecasted to surprise and delight! Among general colour trends and influences, nine distinctive colour palettes for 2017 from Pantone® View Home + Interiors were revealed at the show. Here they are as predicted by Pantone®. 

Day Dreaming – This palette is a continuation of the Colour of the Year pastel theme, with colours that evoke thoughts that are light and weightless….in contrast to the heaviness of day-to-day stresses. A key here is that other colours, such as Yellow Iris and a Nile green, are used to expand on the blue and pink.

At Ease – A step from Day Dreaming, At Ease is grayed down for more of a sophisticated feel. A variety of ever popular neutrals, both cool and warm, are blended with muted tones in a way that seems effortless.

Native Instincts – Style-wise, current and future forecasts point to a homogenous mix of design and colour where a piece of Native American pottery is compatible with a Turkish kilim carpet and/or a pre-Columbian artifact. Likewise, this palette offers bold colours like a smoky orchid and a Carmine red along with softer Earth tones.

Florabundant – Just like its name implies, Florabundant is filled with the sumptuous beauty of rich floral hues. This palette offers a lot of drama from Pink Yarrow, Chrysanthemum, Red Dahlia and Baton Rouge and includes varying shades of green.

Acquired Taste – In both food and surroundings, an acquired taste means an appreciation for the distinctively different. Such is the case with this palette which offers a mix of colours and/or textures not commonly seen together, yet they combine for a palette that is subtly luxurious. Colours include Orange Chiffon, Pale Gold, Mulberry, Brandied Melon, a dove gray and a muted pink.

Forest Bathing – This stress-reducing palette is inspired by the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku” or forest bathing. Studies have shown that a contemplative walk in the woods reconnects the individual with nature and elevates their mood. Several shades of green and blue-green are enlisted, which are contrasted by Grape Kiss and a refreshing Acid Lime.

Reminiscence – A different kind of walk – a walk down memory lane – is the mood conveyed here. Traditional shades like Maritime Blue, Sepia Tint and Rattan convey a sense of nostalgia and stability, but the mix of new colours like murky Martini Olive and Bird’s Egg Green keep the palette feeling fresh.

Raw Materials – Both the re-use and re-purposing of materials from nature and the health and wellness movement are represented in this palette. Zephyr Pink offers an unexpected pop of colour against the many, more natural tones.

Graphic Imprints – Described by Eiseman as “great fun,” this palette starts with a base of black and white but then pulls in a series of strong, vibrant colours with names that tell a story themselves: Blazing Yellow, Dazzling Blue, Prism Pink, Fandango Pink, Opaline Green and Orange Popsicle.

Details via Pantone Press Release

Which one's our favourite?
It's so hard to pick just one colour group but after a lot of hemming and hawing... though we absolutely adore the sophisticated muted neutrals of At Ease and the contemplative blue- greens of Forest Bathing, it would have to be Acquired Taste, which is an extraordinary collection of unexpected colours that you wouldn't necessarily see or pair together like Orange Chiffon, Pale Gold, Mulberry, Brandied Melon, Dove Gray and Muted Pink. 

Which is your favourite? Share with us.

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Needless to say we'll update you as soon as Pantone releases the much awaited 2017 Colour of The Year. 

Till next time...
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