Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

Pantone has spoken, and apparently colorwise, 2016 is going to be soft and soothing. I love these two colors by themselves as well as paired together. However, if you like a little more punch to harden up a soft pastel, they offer great ideas in their spring fashion report. I always enjoy seeing what they come up with and why they chose certain colors, so I hope you enjoy browsing too!


Links to Inspire

Simply beautiful!

Cool DIY project that involves fiber, if not yarn!

Just for fun – and also a great idea for playing with colors if you’re feeling stuck!

I’m a sucker for cool stationery, and 100 times so for DIY, and I still believe a handwritten thank you note beats email and social media any day!

And if you prefer to apply your marbling to household items instead of paper.


Did you know there is a wine called marsala? My husband and I love a glass of wine with our dinner (the European in us?), and every time we shop to replenish our cabinet, we usually buy a few bottles we’ve never tried before. But despite the huge variety we’ve tried, I had never heard of marsala until this morning, when my Facebook told me Pantone has announced their 2015 Color of the Year. Of course I had to immediately read about it because I like knowing these things and I’m always curious to see why they chose a particular color. After reading their description of marsala, I am certainly going to be on the lookout for a bottle to try with our next homecooked meal.

Be sure to scroll down to see all of Pantone’s ideas for gorgeous color pairing. While not necessarily helpful for figuring out what to eat with your bottle of wine, they will certainly spark ideas of how to pair up yarn colors! I’m very excited about this color in terms of crafting because I think it is much more flattering to wear than 2014’s Radiant Orchid is.

Pantone on Fashion…and In General

If you haven’t figured it out already, let me just say, I LOVE color. When I was working as a graphic designer, color was always a major part of my work, and as a knitter/crocheter, it still is. Color is probably the first thing I respond to when picking yarn, and I very often find that even sub-consciously, color is at the core of my design work. Of course, I try to pay attention to line, texture, shape, etc., but color is the design element I always seem to have the most immediate and strong instinct about. It follows then, that I really enjoy Pantone. I enjoy their color forecasts, and my husband very kindly bought me this book for my birthday. Twenty years ago, when I was starting out as a designer, the Pantone books were the gold standard of matching colors in the printing industry and Pantone was strictly business. The swatch books were super expensive, but they practically guaranteed that your design would translate well from computer screen to the final printed item. I love how the company still produces useful things for design professionals, but has developed more products for the general public to celebrate color.

And the 2012 Color of the Year Is…

Tangerine Tango.

What a happy, fun color! I love how Pantone has been branching out into different industries. They have a long-standing relationship with the graphic design/printing industries, and I used to always pore through Pantone books when I was working as a graphic designer. Specifying a Pantone color was the surest way to know that what you intended is what came back from the printer. But now that I am pursuing design in a different industry, I am happy to find that my good old standby still inspires me.

To you non-graphic designers, I do offer one word of warning: a Pantone book is a serious investment. Be sure you will really use it before you buy one.