By Kelly DuByne
Every year, those of us in the design world love to think about what the color of the year for the upcoming year could be. Plenty of companies release their own color of the year, from paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to clothing companies and even paper companies.
Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year for 2017 is Poised Taupe, a beautiful, warm neutral.
Benjamin Moore’s is Shadow, a deep, saturated purple. Personally, I tend toward these deep colors and love when a client tends towards that direction. We recently redesigned a home in these deep colors. Watch for the photos soon on our Projects page!
The Color of the Year that everyone talks about is revealed by the color authority Pantone. Leaders across all industries integrate the color of the year into their designs: home products, appliances, automobile, fashion and more.
I love to try my hand at predicting the color of the year in November before it is announced in December! I’ve studied the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017, reviewed paint companies’ colors of the year, poured over the current fall color and home trends, studied the fall runway fashion shows and am always perusing color trends in retail stores and magazines. All of these factors help me make my prediction. The two colors that I predict and also hope to be color of the year are: Pantone Niagara as my first choice and Pantone Kale as my second choice.
Pantone describes Niagara as “comfortable and dependable”. Blues tend to be timeless, think denim jean jackets, the sea and sky. Does blue ever go out of style?
Pantone Kale is my second choice. A warm green that feels close to nature, and reminds us of a healthy lifestyle so many of us work towards. Green is a wonderful neutral too!
Whatever Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is, I always wait for the announcement in early December with giddy anticipation like a kid going through their Halloween candy!