Use Panton's Previous Years As A Guide

Let's keep talking color, because a big part of interior design is color. It's pretty clear from my last post that I'm not a fan of the 2018 Pantone Color of the year, Ultraviolet --  or at least not for your furnishings.

What's Pantone's track history though? Is it a good guide for design? Let's take a look at the last few years and with a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking decide how much stock you should put in it.

2017: Greenery

2016: Rose Quartz-Serenity (blend)

2015: Marsala

2014: Radiant Orchid - a color that defined the 80's according to Pantone

2013: Emerald

2012: Tangerine Tango

2011: Honeysuckle

Maybe you're thinking, I never got those colors in my crayon box, and, well, that's because we're dealing with Pantone so fancy purple is rebranded as ultra violet. But there is a distinct theme in all but 2015's outlier, they're all bright and flashy. Marsala, on the the other hand, is a muted deeper red. And coincidentally, the only color I've seen being close to trends in interiors, oxblood (which we do have offered in our Frisco and Gramercy tables).

That's not to say Greenery and Honeysuckle aren't getting their Tangerine Tango on in someone's home, but it's a very specific home that can pull that off. There's one major, and lesser talked about design style, that could sort of pull of these Pantone Colors of the year and that's Memphis Design - a look that popped into and out of fashion in the 1980s that was defined by bold colors and wild shapes, think, Pee Wee Herman's Fun House and The Max diner from Saved By The Bell. No, really, that's pretty damn Memphis. I'm actually not being sarcastic for once.

But assuming you're not going all in on Memphis, maybe focusing on the Pantone Color of the Year is better for accents or smaller objects rather than going for furniture, walls and upholstery of those shades.

Stay tuned to next posts when we'll talk about how to find a color scheme and a deeper dive into Memphis Design.

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