Despite the hot weather (there have been a string of days where temperatures have reached 35 degrees Celsius / 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), the time has come to explore Pantone‘s colour palettes for Autumn/Winter 2016/2017.
The world has become an increasingly polarized place. As Pantone’s Laurie Pressman notes, on the one side are aspects which almost fade into anonymity, while the other has a strong, stand-out-and-be-seen attitude. Looked at from another perspective, consider the dichotomy between yoga and mindfulness and the race so many have joined for status and social positioning.
So on the one hand, the purity and simplicity of white has become more appreciated and more grounded, earthy shades provide a balancing connection to nature.
But there are also major social issues and unrest at present, similar to what was experienced in the 1970s, and some people just want to have fun and express themselves while being bold and daring.
Reveal: Pantone A/W 2016/2017 Trends
Colour Family Trends
Blue tones are used with more thought and care, making for great colour mixes. Let it be grounding by teaming it with neutrals or head into bolder territory with bright yellow or orange.
Purple, says Pantone, is a critical shade to include. The most important purple: Phlox.
Red is becoming a “safe” option and will shine when mixed with military tones, pinks, and orange tones.
For A/W 2016/2017, orange becomes an extension of the tan and brown families. Use it as a base colour rather than an accent.
As with purple, there is one critical pink: Cerise.
The most prominent brown tones are infused with red undertones. Focus on texture, pattern, and tactility.
Neutrals are flexible and act as connectors. While anything goes, try a neutral palette infused with black, pink, or ecru.
Quiet and harmonious, grey tones are absorbing and do not claim the attention in the room.
White, in many cases, signifies movement, shifting and drifting. Many white tones will veer towards ecru and blue.
Black is always in style, but it becomes more dominant, acting as a platform for all other colours and lending a prestigious air.
Metallics are everywhere. Mix them. Match them. Let them shine. On the whole, the focus is on more golden, yellow hues which are becoming increasingly pale.
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