Bright & bold: Pantone predicts 2018 color trends

Metallic and iridescent touches are in, while pastel colors are slowly making an exit, according to the color forecaster.

April 04, 2017

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Metallic and iridescent touches are in, while pastel colors are slowly making an exit, according to the color forecaster.

Source: Pantone

Greenery, Pantone's color pick for 2017, was just announced last December, and yet the color forecaster is already looking into the future, revealing its predictions for soon-to-be-trendy hues for 2018 at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago.

Neutral metallic and iridescent trends will remain prevalent in 2018, says Pantone's color specialist Leatrice Eiseman. Pastel, meanwhile, will eventually be phased out in favor of brighter and bolder tones.

As regards home decors and interior design, Pantone has determined eight color trends. These are:

Verdure - Similar to Greenery, this theme draws inspiration from nature, and combines vegetal green tones, including Celery and Foliage, with more vibrant hues of purple and blue.

Resourceful - Contrasting yet complementary colors such as orange and blue, which are commonplace in the home, strike the right balance between warm and cool tones.

Playful - Bright and quirky colors create a fun and exciting environment. Minion Yellow, Lime Popsicle, Green Flash and Skydiver Blue are favorites.

Discretion -The complete opposite of playful, the scheme focuses on softer palettes and subtle finishes. Think pink with Elderberry, Burnished Lilac and Hawthorn Rose.

Far-fetched - Culture-centric, the theme mixes earthy and rosy tones.

Intricacy - A love for detailing drives this this trend, featuring metallic accents, which Eiseman notes are the new neutrals. Drama and glamor are added by small pops of colors.

Intensity - This palette is all about drama, focusing on deep and bold tones. Gold and black are predominant.

TECH-nique - Inspired by technology and the latest iridescent trend, colors seem to "shine from within". Expect vibrant hues of blue, green, purple and fuchsia, and tones reminiscent of a peacock, amidst a white and almond backdrop.

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