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The answer isn’t very clear. What IS clear is that it is definitely a big collaboration.

Pantone COY 2013


This quote from the film “The Devil Wears Prada” pretty much sums up where fashion and color trends come from: “You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

But what exactly does that mean in the paint business? Perhaps about as much as it meant when you picked out the lumpy blue sweater. But perhaps it’s just the same. There are definitely trends in the paint business too. And of course we get those trends from fashion as well.

Pantone COY 2014

When Pantone picks its color of the year, every year, they take surveys and send out questionnaires to poll graphic, industrial, fashion, and other designers around the world, as well as manufacturers and retailers, asking what colors they plan to use in coming seasons. Pantone and a group of representatives from different countries’ color standards groups then have a “secret meeting” to make sense of their picks. Then based on the results of those polls and surveys, sales of color swatches and all of the expert opinions present in the meeting, they narrow it down to one.

Since products made in their decided color of the year have already likely been down the runway, and pushed down production lines, it’s hard to say what exact role Pantone plays in the influence of color trends. But given their reputation and insider access, it certainly shows insight!

However they do it, it’s been going on for a very long time… and I for one am looking forward to finding out what the color is for 2015!

All in all, trends in color are circular in motion, not always starting in the same place. And as trends go, they usually tend to come back around somehow too. Perhaps in a different tint, tone, or shade, but come back around they do!



Best colors for 2013.

Color trends come and go, but if you’re looking for an update, these palettes will keep you in style and your home fashionable.

Color of the Moment

Emerald green simultaneously evokes a feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. These nuances in the essence of green are relatable across the spectrum. The range in green hues are popular across the board with shades of chartreuse being a top pick.

Pantone Moroccan BlueFeeling Blue

Blue serves as the up-and-comer for 2013 and into 2014. The Mediterranean shade of Moroccan Blue is the color of choice. Complement it with ranging colors of blue for a look with depth. This will keep you on trend into the upcoming year as it is predicted Moroccan Blue will be the Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014.

Sunset Color Story

Pull from the sky to create this popular color combination of orange, pink, and red. The color of coral serves as the contributing factor to this theme’s success. Shy away from true oranges and true reds. Choose a shade between orange and pink to pick the perfect coral hue.

Grey Doesn’t Need to Be Gloomy

Grey isn’t new to the scene, but it has overcome it’s predecessor of beige. If you’re not ready for walls of bright and bold hues, grey can be used as the main color allowing you to take smaller risks with spots of color. If you live in an area with lengthy winters, shy away from grey with cool  undertones. Winter provides all the cool you need! Lean towards a grey/beige that still leaves you feeling warm.

If you’re questioning your color choices for an upcoming paint project or interior design update, you can’t go wrong with Emerald Green, Moroccan Blue, coral, or grey for 2013.

~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.

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The graphic designer in me couldn’t resist attempting faux Pantone Easter eggs. I dyed these boiled eggs, then typed up the labels and printed them on ink jet temporary tattoo paper. Remember to print the words backwards! (I used Silhouette brand tattoo paper I bought at my local PaperSource, but you can also get similar stuff And yes, I’m such a nerd that I had to match the color numbers properly using my chip book.

Via Miss America’s Tumblr

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On the forearm

On the wrist

On the neck


"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

Kate Smith-Sensational Color


From jackets to gems, pillows to drapes… will you throw a splash of EMERALD into your year?