tag archives: pantone color of the year

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sitting room | miami beach, FL | interior design by frank de biasi

green mohair rug | doug and gene meyer

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2017 pantone color of the year | greenery | 15-0343 TCX

photo credit pantone

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beauty is live | matte eye shadow | parigi

by terry | aqua-print eye shadow | green fizz

nars | duo eyeshadow | chartreuse green shimmer/cobalt blue shimmer

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and sephora

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oliver peoples | sofee sunglasses | clear/mirror green

dior | reflected P sunglasses | green/mirror green

barton perriera | justice sunglasses | gold/tortoiseshell/mirror green

photo credits bergdorf goodman, barneys new york, and barneys new york

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gianvito rossi | capri sandals | green

prada | suede sandals | green

gianvito rossi | artemis sandals | green

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and barneys new york

need i say more?

pink & blue.  the 2016 pantone colors of the year.

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2016 pantone colors of the year | rose quartz (pink) & serenity (blue)

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do pink & blue make you think of

balance?

calm?

or, tranquility?

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2016 pantone color of the year | rose quartz | 13-1520 TCX

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wellness?

compatibility?

or, duality?

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2016 pantone color of the year | serenity | 15-3919 TCX

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duality seems like an appropriate adjective, since the pantone color institute ™ selected two colors of the year for 2016, instead of one.  pantone, a division of danaher corporation, provides products and services for the design, retail, and manufacturing industries.

according to abc news, the pantone color of the year press release ‘explained that the combination echoed a growing trend of challenging traditional perceptions about color association.’

what perceptions do you think that consumers, designers, retailers, and manufacturers have about pink & blue?

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hermes | light blue printed silk neck ties

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charvet | blue cotton dress shirts

photo credits bergdorf goodman and bergdorf goodman

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bergdorf goodman restaurant | new york, NY | interior design by kelly wearstler

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de gournay | askew | hand painted chinoiserie wallpaper

bergdorf goodman restaurant, new york, NY

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Cornflower Blue

kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | cornflower blue (available now)

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dam-images-decor-2015-08-casa-fantastica-willson-serrano-designed-merida-mexico-home-slideshow-09kitchen | mérida, mexico | interior design by robert willson and david serrano

photo credit tim street-porter via architectural digest

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kitchen aid | 2016 pantone color of the year stand mixer | guava glaze (available in july 2016)

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kitchen | spain

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gucci | spring 2016 ready to wear collection | look 29

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com

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gucci | spring 2016 menswear collection | look 54

photo credit yannis vlamos / indigitalimages.com

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gucci | spring 2016 menwear collection | silk crepe cambridge shirt | light pink

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chanel boutique | costa mesa, CA | interior design by peter marino

photo credit chanel via architectural digest

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chanel | le vernis nail color | ballerina

chanel le vernis nail color | beige rose

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will 2015 be a year of contrasts?

if color forecasts are any indication, then maybe so.  color authority pantone, a division of x-rite that provides professional color standards for the design industries, named marsala as the color of the year for 2015.

‘marsala is a color that exudes confidence and stability’

-leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute®


living room | interior design by james magni

photo credit erhard pfeiffer

bedroom | london, UK | interior design by michael s. smith

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dries van noten | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

celine | winter 2014 collection | mini luggage handbag multicolor | vermilion

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isabel marant | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits marcus tondo | indigitalimages.com

sherwin-williams paints selected another red hue, coral reef, as the color of the year for 2015.

‘coral reef is an uplifting color’

-jackie jordan, sherwin-williams director of color marketing


living room | interior design by jay jeffers

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 bedroom | interior designer unknown

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missoni | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

aquazzura | resort 2015 collection | beverly hills sandal | coral

photo credit barneys new york

but, benjamin moore paints chose a complementary color, guilford green, as the 2015 color of the year.

‘guilford green is a color that signifies fresh energy and growth’

-ellen o’neill, creative director at benjamin moore

living room | piedmont, CA | interior design by barbara barry

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 bedroom | the peninsula beverly hills hotel | interior design by alessandra branca

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erdem | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

chloe | winter 2014/2015 collection | marcie handbag | baobob green

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bottega veneta | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

could it be coincidental that sherwin-williams and pantone both featured red and green in their marketing materials?

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or, that berry red is one of the colors that benjamin moore suggests to combine with guilford green.
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when you mix complementary colors like red and green together, you create brown.

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pantone is receiving mixed reviews for choosing a color with brown undertones, like marsala, as the color of the year for 2015.

PS.  now, ppg pittsburgh paints has announced that blue paisley is their 2015 COTY (color of the year).

could no trend direction be the trend direction for 2015?

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radiant orchid

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color authority pantone, has named radiant orchid the color of the year for 2014.  pantone, a division of x-rite, provides professional color standards for the design industries.

leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute® associates orchid, which has purple, fushcia, and pink undertones, with creativity and originality.

wendy donahue, a chicago tribune newspaper columnist, describes the pantone color of the year as:

‘one part cultural indicator and one part marketing forecast.’

so from a marketing perspective, the color orchid could appeal to fashion conscious, tech savvy, 20-30 year old consumers because they value creativity and originality.  would you describe ‘it’ colors, such as orchid, or other fashion trends, such as ‘it’ handbags or ‘it’ shoes, as individualist?  or, as conformist?

manolo blahnik | bb suede pointed toe flat | orchid purple

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people seem to either really like or really dislike purple.  so, orchid could be considered an individualistic color.  if you are an interior designer, orchid could seem too reminiscent of 1980’s mauve and teal color schemes to become ‘the new new thing’.

‘the kids are rocking an ’80s-comeback thing, but mauve is like the one thing I will never, ever embrace.’

-jonathan adler, potter, designer, and author

if you really like purple, would you use orchid as an accent color in a neutral interior design scheme?

living room | greenwich, CT | interior design by suzanne kastler

photo credit simon upton
or, as the primary color?

bedroom | 2007 kip’s bay decorator showhouse | new york, NY | interior design by drake design associates

photo credit nick johnson

almost a year ago, benjamin moore paints predicted that social media colors, like facebook blue and twitter green, would become some of the most directional colors for 2014.

click here to read my february 2012 post.

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now, color authority pantone, has named emerald green the color of the year for 2013.   pantone, a division of x-rite, provides professional color standards for the design industries.


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emerald green reminds me of the emerald green and grey dining room, designed by atlanta interior designer kay douglass.  the dining room was named one of veranda’s most memorable rooms for the magazine’s 25th anniversary,

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emerald green also reminds me of all of the georgian terrace houses with technicolor front doors in dublin, ireland.  my husband, bob, and i toured ireland with his parents while we lived in london.  living in london for five years was such an amazing european travel opportunity!

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now that we live in the san francisco bay area again, emerald green also reminds me of the de young museum in golden gate park, which was designed by swiss architects herzog & de meuron.  herzog & de meuron covered the museum building in copper panels with a perforated pattern that resembles the pattern of the light filtering through the trees.  the panels are developing a green patina that also helps the building blend into the natural environment.

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san francisco philanthropist and socialite, dede wilsey, was instrumental in raising more that $190 million in private funding and selecting the architects for the reconstruction of the de young museum, which was damaged during the loma prieta earthquake in 1989.  she is also renowned for her incredible harry winston emerald and diamond jewelry.

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do you associate emerald green with anything incredible?