Pantone forecasts colour trends for 2018

Pantone's eight colour palettes for 2018: Top row, from left - Verdure, Playful, Discretion, TECH-nique; Bottom row - ...

Pantone's eight colour palettes for 2018: Top row, from left - Verdure, Playful, Discretion, TECH-nique; Bottom row - Far-Fetched, Resourceful, Intricacy, Intensity.

Pantone Colour Institute executive Leatrice Eiseman this week revealed the 2018 colour forecast at the International Home and Homewares show in the US.

Eiseman predicts a continued obsession with iridescence, neutral metallics as the "new neutrals" and a move away from pastels into bright and bold colours. 

"Intense colours seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days," she says. 

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She outlined eight colour palettes for 2018:


Bright turquoise, pink and purple and balanced with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond are a nod to technology in this palette. 

Eiseman says these hues "seem to shine from within." 

Pantone's TECH-nique.

Pantone's TECH-nique.


Vegetable hues such as celery work with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue for this palette. 


Pixar's Minions springs to mind with this palette. Bright yellow, lime popsicle and all things "fun" combine for this colour scheme. 

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"People need to stop and smile," says Eiseman.


Think the opposite to "playful". Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose feature in this palette. 

Eiseman says, "pink has developed more power than ever before." 


Warm earthy hues blend with rosy tones in this combination. 

"This palette reaches out and embraces many different cultures," she says. 


A palette made up of contemporary blue and orange colours.

Eiseman says it's an interesting colour combination, "it combines warm and cool tones that you just can't avoid looking at."


Metallics feature in neutral hues, "the new neutrals" says Eiseman.

This palette also includes highlights of dramatic Holly Berry red and Sulfur yellow.


Eclectic, strong and powerful.

These colours evoke a sense of sophistication and are balanced with black and gold. 

 - Stuff


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