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Color Trends | Neutral Navy

Color trends often begin in the worlds of home decor and fashion before migrating to crafts. The latest color trend making its way to the papercrafting world, neutral navy, is no exception.

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Color purists may argue that navy is not a neutral, but it is increasingly used as one, especially in fashion. Darkwash denim may be the ultimate in neutral navy – it goes with everything and can go almost anywhere. But in the last two years we’ve seen its influence spread beyond the basic in both fashion and home decor.

In the fashion world, navy has found popularity as a slightly softer alternative to black. It’s a trendy option for replacing everything from your “little black dress” to those black leggings. It’s even become a popular color for bridesmaids’ dresses!

The home decor world has seized on to the neutral navy trend as well. Best used in small doses due to its eye-catching drama, navy is being used for everything from accent chairs to kitchen islands to throw pillows. To see a few examples, visit Freshome.

Navy is perhaps most often associated with a nautical style in fashion and home decor. Last year we did see navy invade the scrapbooking world as a nautical trend. But this year, navy is back on its own – and trendier than ever.

Neutral navy nurseries are quite trendy in home decor, and BoBunny has seized on that trend for their newest baby themed line “Little Wonders”. The collection has two parts, one that pairs navy with pink and one that pairs navy with mint and dusky blue.

BoBunny Little Wonders

BoBunny Little Wonders collection

I bought a few sheets of the navy and pink part of the “Little Wonders” collection to try out on some baby pictures of my daughter. (Let’s not talk about the fact that she just turned 15 and there were still baby pictures to be scrapped, alright?) Continue Reading →

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Pantone Announces Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet!

Pantone announced its eagerly awaited Pantone Color of the Year 2018 today, and the winner is…Ultra Violet! Deep and vibrant, with underlying blue tones, this purple shade is certainly no shrinking violet.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet

Described by Pantone in the announcement as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade of purple”, Ultra Violet is definitely a shade that makes a statement in fashion, home decor, and crafts.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra-Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Only four years ago in 2014 a much different purple shade, Radiant Orchid, was color of the year. Radiant Orchid was a much more pink tone of purple in comparison to the more blue tones of Ultra Violet.

To use Pantone color #18-3838 in Pantone’s Fashion & Home palette for TCX (cotton fabric), the color codes are:

  • RGB: 95 75 139
  • CMYK: 71 73 7 8
  • HTML: 5F4B8B

For use in graphic design applications like Photoshop, the closest match is Pantone 2096 C.

  • RGB: 101 78 163
  • CMYK: 76 75 0 0
  • HTML: 654EA3

Want to try out Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet in your scrapbooking projects? Check out the following products for shades that might be close:

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With references from Pantone to Ultra Violet embodying the “mysteries of the cosmos”, “the intrigue of what lies ahead”, the counterculture, the late musical artists Prince and David Bowie, and non-conformity, the choice of color of the year 2018 seems as much a cultural statement as it is trend derived. The choice may be an astute one for current events to come during 2018. In the political realm, purple is both the signature color of the women’s suffragette movement and a designation used to refer to states that are predominately neither Republican or Democrat. Purple is also the color of royalty, and 2018 will probably see a wave of royal fever with the highly-anticipated wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry. (Credit to the brilliant Sarah Hodson’s Twitter feed for inspiring my thought processes on some of that.)

So what do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year 2018? Yay or Nay?

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery!

The Pantone Color of the Year 2017 has been announced! For 2017, unlike this year, Pantone has stuck to just one color for the year, giving us the nature-infused green shade appropriately called “Greenery”.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery

Described by Pantone as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew” and “nature’s neutral”, the tone has appeared in recent fashion collections by names like Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

It’s only been a few years since a different green shade was the color of the year. Emerald, a jewel tone of green, was the Color of the Year for 2013. Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year, ended a long run of dark and jewel tones. The Serenity and Rose Quartz colors chosen for 2016 moved away from that trend into very pale tones. Now it seems Pantone is ready to declare brighter and warmer colors the dominant trend, with the selection of the yellow-green Greenery as Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

To use the new Greenery color #15-0343 in Pantone’s Fashion & Home palette for TCX (cotton fabric), the color codes are:

  • RGB: 136 176 75
  • CMYK: 51 9 88 0
  • HTML: 88B04B

For use in graphic design applications like Photoshop, the closest match is PANTONE 376 C.

  • RGB: 132 189 0
  • CMYK: 54 0 100 0
  • HTML: 84BD00

Greenery scrapbooking products

There will almost certainly be a flood of products next month at the Creativation and Creativeworld trade shows that show off the new Pantone Color of the Year 2017. But in the meantime, you might already have products in your craft stash that are similar in tone to Greenery’s yellow-green shade.

Here’s some suggestions:

Doodlebug Design actually has an entire color palette called Limeade made up of several shades of yellow-green. The darker tone in this palette appears pretty close to the Pantone Greenery color.

What do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year 2017? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you plan to use it? What for? Tell us in the comments!

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Pantone Announces Twin Colors of the Year for 2016

In an unprecedented move, Pantone has announced two colors of the year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone swatches

While to most of us the colors look like the nursery section of a department store, Pantone has other ideas, describing the Colors of the Year in the announcement as following:

Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

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Stampin’ Up! In Color Palette for 2014-2016 Announced

Stampin’ Up! released their 2014-2015 catalog yesterday, revealing the new “In Color” palette for 2014-2016 as well.

Each year, Stampin’ Up releases a palette of 5 colors for its color media collection that will be only available for two years. The company appears to be alternating releasing collections of dark and light colors, so there is always an active In Color light palette and an active In Color dark palette.

For 2014-2016, Stampin’ Up! was replacing the 2012-2014 collection which was made up of dark shades. Stampin’ Up! fans must say goodbye now to Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Primrose Petals. (I am a huge fan of Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple and use them quite often myself.)

The new 2014-2016 In Color palette, while dark like the previous palette, is bolder:

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