Pantone Color Projections for 2018

It is that time of year again when we get a sneak peek from Pantone regarding the new and upcoming color palettes for 2018. This is an exciting time right before we find out the new Pantone Color of the Year for next year as well. We like to make it a game and try to guess the color of the year based on the color palettes said to be erupting in the new year! What is your guess?


According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, the new predicted trends for 2018 will be a complete change from 2017’s Color of the Year, Greenery. However, metallics will still be around but “have really moved over into neutrals," Eiseman said. She also expects to see people continuing to be obsessed with pearlized and iridescent colors, you know, since anything translucent immediately makes people reach out and grab!


The biggest and more expectedly different trend for 2018 is the incorporation of bright colors! Pastels will still be around, most likely for the Spring months, but the time for vibrance is back. Eiseman said that these new bright and intense palettes give a good representation “of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days". This is great news for those who love to use intense colors when decorating. Now you can liven up the place with tones and hues of some of the new palettes that Pantone predicts to emerge in the upcoming months.


Below are some of the palettes Eiseman mentioned. The good thing about these palettes is that no matter what walk of life you come from or what your personal style might be, there will be one that appeals to the look you are striving to create! 


Start Prepping!

If you are ready to start color scheming, get things going with these five predicted palettes:


Far-fetched: Looking for warm and earthy hues? Then this is the palette for you. Think an abundance of dusty rose tones combined with Cornsilk Yellow. As Eiseman says, this palette "reaches out and embraces many different cultures."

Intensity: When you think of the word intensity, we can tell you now that you are guaranteed to agree that the name is fitting for this palette. The darker, winter-esk colors with blue-green and shades of purple hues give off a sophisticated, forest-like vibe, completely balanced with black and gold.

Intricacy: Imagine a classy AND rustic, but bright farmhouse. Infusing those neutral metallics Eiseman spoke about with accents of dramatic yellow, off-whites and touches of light grays that resemble a cloudy sky. We cannot forget the drastic black that brings the room together through light fixtures, table legs, etc. This palette is best for an upscale, rustic and well-lit vibe.

Playful: Three words to describe this palette: bright, young and fun! This one consists of bright yellow, lime and all other colors that make you think of fun! This color scheme gives of a youthful vibe and creates the "need to stop and smile," said Eiseman. 

Discretion: Some might call this Playful's alter ego because of its subtle hues. Colors such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose show another side of confidence and maturity. "Pink has developed more power than ever before," said Eiseman, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon.