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Pantone Forecasts the Hot Colors of Fall 2011

Pantone released its Fall 2011 color forecast in mid-February during New York Fashion Week.

Honeysuckle, Pantone’s 2011 color of the year, is still the major player in this palette, but unlike the near-pastel hues of the Spring color forecast we now see it matched with deeper tones that add more contrast to the overall palette. Neutrals in this collection shift noticeably away from the grays of 2010 toward rich browns.

Pantone Fall 2011 forecast

Pantone has also released a separate men’s forecast containing more masculine counterparts for many of the colors in the main report.

Pantone Fall 2011 mens color forecastPantone attributes the shift to a more classic neutral to consumer’s desire to add “stability” to their wardrobe, while the addition of more dramatic colors indicates a need to put a fresh, unexpected twist on old staples.

Many of the new paper lines introduced at CHA Winter 2011 are already showing a trend toward deeper, more vibrant colors. Examples of this trend can be seen in Prima’s “Melody,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Reflections” lines as well as the new “Stella and Rose” release from My Mind’s Eye.

Prima’s “Moulin Rouge” Collection

Turquoise, 2010′s color of the year, is still a strong theme through many lines, though the tone is often noticeably richer than in 2010 as evidenced by the inclusion of Deep Teal in Pantone’s forecast. The previously mentioned “Reflections” and “Stella and Rose” lines are excellent examples of this shift, along with Cosmo Cricket’s new “Social Club” and “Salt Air” releases.

Cosmo Cricket’s “Social Club” Collection

The presence of brown as a strong neutral is nothing new to the scrapbooking industry, but its recent resurgence has taken a bit of a departure from the dark tones consumers have seen in the past. Kraft, a close relative of Pantone’s Nougat, is an extremely popular neutral among scrapbookers. Tim Holtz has captured the versatility and appeal of this color in his “Kraft Resist” line that was introduced at CHA Winter 2011. Additionally, all three of Crate Paper’s new releases- “Toy Box,” “Emma’s Shoppe,” and “Portrait“- rely heavily on warm brown wood-grains as neutrals.

Tim Holtz’s “Kraft Resist” Collection

Several other lines released at CHA Winter also sport examples of the new color palette:

Sassafras’s “Ellie’s Tale” Collection

If the current trend holds, CHA Summer 2011 could bring Halloween and Christmas lines in jewel-tones, with the possibility of some very unexpected and non-traditional color schemes.

To read the complete report (also available as a PDF) or to download the Fall 2011 palette for Adobe applications, visit Pantone’s web site.



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14 Responses to Pantone Forecasts the Hot Colors of Fall 2011

  1. Gab March 22, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Great article, thanks Melissa!

  2. Amy K March 22, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Thanks for the heads up Melissa. Some great colors!

  3. Lisa Williams March 22, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Thanks for the info! The Moulin Rouge paper looks really cool…love those colors!

  4. Sandi March 22, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks for the info. I have always been quite comfortable scrapping with tans, creams and browns.

  5. sherried March 22, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Thanks for the information. We look at those colors when thinking about print materials for our office.

  6. Tricia Carney March 22, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks for the forecast. I love the browns for neutrals – such a comfortable palette.

  7. Karen Osborn March 22, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Ahhh deep, rich colors! My favorite!

  8. Cynthia March 22, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    thanks for keeping us up to date on the color trends! These are beautiful.

  9. Lee Currie March 22, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    I’m looking forward to the colours for fall, gorgeous!

  10. Cindy d March 22, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I really like the palette. Thanks for a great article!

  11. ErinK March 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Love the Tim Holtz paper. I really like neutrals and am excited to see this line. Love the article! Great job Melissa!

  12. Charity Donaldson March 23, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    So excited about these!!! LOVE those colors!!!

  13. eButler March 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    these are wonderful colors, they don’t have to change for quite awhile. I’ll get extra so as to have a stash for later. Thanks Pantone!!!

  14. Mary Lou Brown April 1, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing those sure are pretty and must have colors.

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