By Sunshine Menefee
Fall is almost upon us and along with cooler weather comes a change in colors. Taking our cues from nature, we abandon the bright, bold and cool summer hues and open our homes and wardrobes to deeper, warmer colors. What exactly are the hottest colors going to be for this season? Always a few steps ahead, Pantone, the world’s leading color expert and forecaster, released their predictions back in February. The new hues are swayed by current events and sentiment and reflect global influences. A complex mix of colors that represent stability, warmth with a touch of exotic.
RIVERSIDE, PANTONE 17-4028
Blue will be all the rage this fall and it translates well into everything home. A naturally cool color, this calm shade is saturated, yet subtle. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “This color says ‘repose’ and ‘calmness.’ It’s not as serious as navy or as bright as cobalt.” Riverside is a shade that goes well with anything, “like pulling a pair of jeans from their closet,” Eisemann says. Expect this denim hue to take center stage and grace walls as well as furniture.
AIRY BLUE, PANTONE 14-4122
Blue takes another top spot for fall this year, but this lighter shade evokes feeling of lightness and tranquility. Blue is one of the top shades in decorating and this blue runs with that trend. A slightly darker shade than the color of the year, Serenity, it translates well into fabrics and accessories.
SHARKSKIN, PANTONE 17-3914
This strong gray is unabashedly steely. It is free of shades of beige and doesn’t apologize for being modern and crisp. This neutral pairs well with anything. Sharkskin, says Eisemann, “as its name implies, it is meant to help people toughen up.” Fashion enthusiasts will wear this color everywhere and it will be seen in home accessories and large pieces of furniture, like sofas.
AURORA RED, PANTONE 18-1550
Audacious Aurora Red is bold and inviting. It excites passion and exudes confidence. It is the quintessential color for red lips and you’ll be seeing them everywhere this fall. This color is best in smaller doses that invigorate an outfit or room.
WARM TAUPE, PANTONE 16-1318
The safest hue on the list, Warm Taupe is a perfect neutral that pairs well with any other color. This versatile shade provides a steady base and is flattering against the skin. Outerwear will benefit from this color. It’s warm, inviting nature will make it a go to hue for many designers and decor.
DUSTY CEDAR, PANTONE 18-1630
A nod to the other color of the year, Rose Quartz, Dusty Cedar is a darker hue with a bit of yellow base. It deepens the year’s pastel hue to create a gem tone shade that is more complex and can hold its own against the stronger colors of fall. A more mature version of pink, look for this color in the makeup isle. It also lends itself to richer fabrics, like velvets.
LUSH MEADOW, PANTONE 18-5845
Redheads will rejoice for the stunning emerald-green of Lush Meadow. This elegant shade reminds us of nature, but with richer tones than a grass-green. Emeralds will sparkle this season and runways will boast this shade. Lush Meadow will also grace tables and make for an easy transition into winter. This vibrant hue will keep spirits high and, when the leaves fall, remind us that nature renews itself again soon..
SPICY MUSTARD, PANTONE 14-0952
A “spicier, zestier Yellow than previous seasons,” this yellow is complex and modern. Paired with the other hues, it creates an edgy vibe. Pantone predicts we’ll see it in geometric and abstract interpretations. Almost the color of curry, it adds an exotic feel to just about anything. This hue will be used in smaller doses, but in places that need something uplifting or unexpected.
POTTER’S CLAY, PANTONE 18-1340
Like the leaves on a fall tree, this brown-red shade will be on leather everywhere. Copper accents will also take advantage of this shade and be heavily used in decor. This mixed color is earthy and will be found boasting chunky knits, textured leathers, or smooth metal finishes. It gives a strong base for other colors of the fall palette.
BODACIOUS, PANTONE 17-3240
A vibrant, rich purple, this hue will be seen everywhere. Decidedly feminine, this purple has a hint of pink that will find itself in makeup and fashion accessories galore. Bold fabrics will host this color is everything from geometrics to florals. It will also be seen in rich jewel tones and paired with blues and greens.
We’re excited to see how the predictions are translated into this fall’s design and fashion choices. How do you plan on using the forecast? Do you have any favorites? Let us know in the comments below!