Of all the design trends that we look forward to seeing projected each year, the Pantone colour forecast is by far the most exciting. Colour is the most predominant feature in any interior and helps to set the tone for what furniture we buy, what decor we invest in and the overall mood for interiors in the coming year. Pantone has taken a look inside their colourful crystal ball and released the colour trends for 2018 - and they are gorgeous. Pantone colour institute executive Leatrice Eiseman has revealed the 2018 forecast, predicting a continued obsession with iridescence, neutral metallics as “the new neutrals” and a move away from pastels into bright, bold colours. Whilst we are still 4 months away from the official colour of the year being released, Pantone has revealed its forecast of the 8 main colour palettes for home and interiors that we will see everywhere in the year ahead.
Showcasing natural, vegetal inspired hues, like celery, foliage, robins egg blue, and berry-esque purples. “This palette is so symbolic of health”, Says Eiseman.
Definitely, not a palette to take too seriously, this one brings the fun with all its bright and quirky colours. Wiseman cites colours such as minion yellow, lime popsicle, green flash and skydiver as favourites from this unorthodox palette.
Working from our love of understated, pared back interiors, discretion is the 2018 version of what has become the new interiors normal. With its soft colours, desaturated hues like elderberry and hawthorn rose the subtle finishes including plenty of pinks, have, according to Wiseman, "developed more power as a colour than ever before".
Featuring colours that seem to shine from within like iridescent vibrant blues, fuchsia and purple, injections of turquoise and hot pink are all rounded out with brilliant white and frosted almond tones. This scheme sends subtle nods towards technology which seems like the obvious thing to do in 2018!
An ode to colour and culture this palette mixes lots of earthy warm and rosy tones like rooibos tea with gentle hues such as corn silk yellow for a combination that reaches out and embraces the world's many different cultures.
Using abundant and easy to find colours such like blue, this palette is “resourceful” in the way it allows people to use what they already have. Mostly made up of complimentary colours, think orange and blue, it focuses on using the contrast between hues to create an interesting formula. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can't avoid looking at” Eiseman confirms.
Based on a love of detailing, Eiseman notes metallic will become the “new neutrals” but not as we know them. Pops of colour mixed with these metallic highlights add glamour, shine and all the drama. Colours to note are holly red berry and yellow sulphur.
This palette conveys “a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication” states Eiseman. Intensity is everything and more using deep, bold colours to create a palette to be reckoned with. Classics such as blue and plum are mixed against oranges, deep reds and gold to create balance and an eclectic sense of sophistication.