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Pantone Colour of the Year – the story so far

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Discover the story of Pantone’s colour of the year so far as we look back at some of the shades to make the list in previous years!

Every year since 2000 Pantone has picked a colour of the year (except for 2016 where two shades were picked) – and it’s become one of the most hotly anticipated topics in the design world. Representatives from colour standards groups across the world come together to review the most prominent and upcoming colour trends, to decide on the colour that’s going to lead the way for the next year.

In our anticipation for 2018’s revelation, we’ve been looking at some of the colours and shades that have already landed the title of colour of the year.

2011 – Honeysuckle

Pantone 18-2120        Hex: D65076

A colour said to uplift our spirits and help us face those everyday troubles with strength and dignity.

violet flowers frozen at ice
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2012 – Tangerine Tango 

Pantone 17-1463        Hex: DD4124

Vibrant, energetic and spirited – tangerine tango empowers us to recharge and carry on.

Fishing boat at sunset time. Le Morn Brabant on background. Mauritius.
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2013 – Emerald

Pantone 17-5641        Hex: 009874

A symbol of elegance and grandeur, emerald green helps us to stay balanced, well and harmonious.

Indian girl Shalini with veil Andhra Pradesh South India
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2014 – Radiant Orchid

Pantone 18-3224        Hex: AD5E99

An expressive and powerful colour, radiant orchid is a captivating combination of purple, fuchsia and pink. Pantone describe the colour as one that “intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination”.

Statue of Liberty at dusk New York USA
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2015 – Marsala

Pantone 18-1438        Hex: 964F4C

A strong and full-bodied colour that has the power to enrich our minds, bodies and souls.

Check out our blog for more marsala-inspired imagery.

Young female runner standing on stadium and listening to music, relaxing after running
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2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone 13-1520 and Pantone 15-3919        Hex:  F7CAC9 and 92A8D1

The first time two shades were combined as Pantone’s colour of the year, the soft, pastels represent mindfulness, well-being and peace.

Discover more from these tranquil colours here.

Orlando, Florida, USA downtown city skyline from Eola Park.
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2017 – Greenery

Pantone 15-0343        Hex: 88B04B

Described as ‘Nature’s neutral’, greenery embraces natural beauty and the desire to reconnect with the world around us.

Explore this inspiring colour in our blog.

The Amur tiger is floating on the water
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2018… watch this space!

Check out our blog on Monday for the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year!

Question mark
Brian Jackson / Alamy Stock Photo

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