Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pantone Color Forecast: Spring 2012


It's that time of year again—when we get to see all the exciting new colors that Pantone has forecasted will be hot, hot, hot in fashionable circles this Spring! Here's what they have to say about them:

For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

"Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "They have learned how color can help them alter a mood and provide the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations."

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone's outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season's brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season's top 10.

These new colors don't thrill my heart nearly as much as last year's forecast did, but I can definitely work with them and already have some great new bead ideas in mind. I'll be posting my usual individual color reviews and ideas for each of these on the list soon! *Ü*

Which of these is your favorite color out of the bunch?

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the forecast! Lovely to know.

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  2. I love colors so much that I can never pick a favorite! I do love the pallet of colors being pulled out for spring. Lovely!

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  3. Nice to know, thanks for the tip! Sexy Cabaret is definitely my favorite!

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  4. Great colors. Love the names. Thanks for the 'heads up'.

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  5. Love the new colors...thanks for the post! Sodalite Blue... I am a blue person or the Bellflower also purple lover!

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  6. Dontcha just love spring colors?!?!?! I absolutely LOVE BELLFLOWER!!!

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  7. Lovely forecast!! I think I would like Cockatoo :)

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  8. Thanks for the info :)

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  9. I like color and some of the new palette, I've ordered some crystals and hope to be working with some of them.

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  10. I was just thinking about spring color trends this morning, so thank you for posting this. seriously.

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  11. uniquecozytreasures - Thank you for sharing this. I love to check in with the Pantone colors so that I know what colors will be hot on Etsy and elsewhere.

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  12. So many great colors this year. I'm partial to the Sodalite Blue and Cockatoo but also love the neutrals Starfish and Driftwood.

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  13. Sodalite Blue is awesome!

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