Pantone Color of the Year, a Quick Recap Before the Big Announcement

It won’t be long until we know Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018, so let’s recap…

The moment when Pantone announces what will be their color of the year is one of the most awaited moments for every interior designer and decorator. And that moment is nearly here, so today we are taking some time to make a quick recap of all the other incredible colors the Color Institute has chosen over the years. Get ready for Pantone Color of the Year!


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2011, Honeysuckle

Going all the way back to 2011, Pantone chose as its color of the year the bright and cheerful Honeysuckle. “Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting.”

2012, Tangerine Tango

For the following year, Pantone kept the bright and warm tones and went from Honeysuckle to a sexy Tangerine Tango that is still in our minds. Acting almost as a reinforcement of the energy Honeysuckle brought us all in 2012, “Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

2013, Emerald

Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” This is how Pantone announced their 2013 Color of the Year. A premonition to 2017’s Greenery, maybe, Emerald brought a sense of luxury and sophistication to the new year.

2014, Radiant Orchid

Going in a completely different direction, Pantone Color of the Year 2014 was Radiant Orchid! The best way to describe it is using Pantone’s own words: “Radiant Orchid […] is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.

2015, Marsala

Again, in a stunning turn of events, Pantone wowed everyone with its 2015 Marsala, a warm and earthy tone. Presented as a more neutral and unifying tone, Marsala makes for “an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

2016, Rose Quartz & Blue Serenity

And when everyone thought Pantone couldn’t be any more unpredictive, they presented their gorgeous 2016 Color of the Year mash-up, pairing Rose Quartz with Blue Serenity! The first time ever pairing of two colors created a sense of peace and easiness, just what Pantone was looking to advocate for in 2016.

Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

2017, Greenery

Finally, after such a fast-paced year such as 2016, Pantone wanted to create a shift in our daily lives. In order to inspire that shift, the Color Institute presented Greenery, an approach and invitation to make us more connected with our surroundings, focusing on what’s important. “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

Are you ready for Pantone Color of the Year 2018? The countdown has begun…


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