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Pantone Fashion Colour Report Autumn 2012 – The interior Influence


For nearly 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week (held in February this year) and beyond to bring us what they feel are the season’s most important colour trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for Autumn 2012.  The catwalks invariably influence the colours that we choose to place into our homes, albeit in a more subtle way through accents.

Pantone have noted a number of influences on the catwalk “From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks”.  The catwalk and it’s designers are centred around transporting the consumer away from the stresses of the current economic climate to a place of fantasy and illusion  There is a mix of the autumnal trends with a mix of darks and neutrals, with a little splash of the brighter hues to bring out a bit of confidence in the wearer. “They cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life.”

“By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Below is an extract from their report


Bright Chartreuse, a vital yellow-green, pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooling days of Autumn. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every colour in the palette.



Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it. Pair it with vivacious and enticing Tangerine Tango (Remember the Pantone Colour of the year) for an ongoing retro feeling. Or, to bring a calming element to the mix, combine these vibrant warm tones with Ultramarine Green, a deep, cooling blue-green. Ethereal Rhapsody is a grayed-down purple that also encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted tone.



Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow, suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten an autumn day. Pair it with sensible and strong Olympian Blue, a patriotic blue that will surely make its way into autumn and winter athletic apparel.



French Roast is a tasty, sophisticated hue that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall. Other staple neutrals include elegant and versatile Titanium, the quintessential cool gray, and Rose Smoke, a veiled rose tone that pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium.

For more detail on this report click here

It will be interesting to see these influences of enchantment and mystical potions transpose into interior palettes….. let the colourful journey continue……..

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