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How to Use 2017 Pantone Color Trends In Design


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Discover nine amazing trends that come from 112 new graphic colors that translate into 1,867 possibilities.

In March 2016, Pantone released 112 new graphic colors aimed at infusing new possibilities into design. The colors translate into 1,867 mix use cases in 2017. Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the set of colors aimed at making consumers stop and take notice of products.

The key trends identified in Pantone’s predictions include:

  • The rising use of maps – both traditional and contemporary – as a design element.
  • The resurgence of black and white imagery; power-clashing – “the use of unexpected color combinations that seem to be discordant, but yet they still work”.
  • Pixilated and digitized patterns.
  • The popularity of green, both as the color of nature and of health and wellness.

According to Eiseman, metallics remain popular, with “all kinds of household objects being transformed into objects d’art.” Iridescent flatware is not new, but technology is making it more vibrant. Colored glassware is also popular, though so is clear glassware that is more about form and function.

And while sleek, contemporary looks are frequently seen today, the vintage or retro look is not going away, either. “‘Rescue’ is the new buzzword that is replacing recycling,” said Eiseman, “and handcrafted and raw materials are seeing a resurgence.”

Of course, there is also Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz, which represent a breath of fresh air in interior design. According to Eiseman, these colors represent a way of helping consumers “escape the stress of their modern lives, offering reassurance and security in difficult times.”

Many of these trends can be found in the 2017 Pantone® View Home + Interiors. The palettes showcase forever-divergent tastes and styling influences in nine distinctive groupings:

  1. Day Dreaming – This palette is a continuation of the Color of the Year pastel theme, with colors that evoke thoughts that are light and weightless; in contrast to the heaviness of day-to-day stresses. A key here is that other colors, such as yellow iris and a Nile green, are used to expand on the blue and pink.
  2. At Ease – A step from day-dreaming, this pallete is grayed down for a more sophisticated feel. A variety of ever popular neutrals, both cool and warm, are blended with muted tones in a way that seems effortless.
  3. Native Instincts – Style-wise, current and future forecasts point to a homogenous mix of design and color where a piece of Native American pottery is compatible with a Turkish kilim carpet or a pre-Columbian artifact. Likewise, this palette offers bold colors like a smoky orchid and a carmine red along with softer earth tones.
  4. Florabundant – Just like its name implies, this palette 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, as well as varying shades of green.
  5. 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 colors and/or textures not commonly seen together, yet they combine for a palette that is subtly luxurious. Colors include orange chiffon, pale gold, mulberry, brandied melon, a dove gray, and a muted pink.
  6. 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 her mood. Several shades of green and blue-green are enlisted, which are contrasted by grape kiss and an acid lime.
  7. 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 colors like murky martini olive and bird’s egg green keep the palette feeling fresh.
  8. Raw Materials – Both the reuse and repurposing of materials from nature and the health and wellness movements are represented in this palette. Zephyr pink offers an unexpected pop of color against the many more natural tones.
  9. 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 colors with names that tell a story themselves: blazing yellow, dazzling blue, prism pink, fandango pink, opaline green.

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If you need to translate these trends into your floor plan for the NY NOW Winter show, download the Pantone Studio mobile app designed by Rokkan. The recently relaunched app allows you to play with current color trends, while also mixing in your own ideas.

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