Color news: Palettes for fall ’17 and ’18

Renee Minus White | 6/22/2017, 4:12 p.m.
In home furnishings ’18, colors are far-fetched! Many influences join together in various, unpredictable ways.
Home design colors for fall 2018

In home furnishings ’18, colors are far-fetched! Many influences join together in various, unpredictable ways. It’s all about the diversity of the world. Far-fetched colors celebrate the creativity, originality and commingling of different materials and design influences in spaces. Look for multi-cultural references; colorful, cultural mixes show up in every aspect of design.

According to Leatrice Eiserman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “There is a commonality between the colors seen on the runways in New York and London. However, individuality is evident, and there is a difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”

In New York, the fall ’17 color palettes are bookended by a dynamic grenadine red and a tawny autumn maple, leaning towards warmth. Tones are comforting, enveloping colors with an ease that is characteristic of the seasonal feeling. There are standout shades, including a pale pink ballet slipper, a refreshing golden lime, shades of navy peony, neutral gray, marina, shaded spruce, butterum and tawny port.

Grenadine is a powerful, evocative dynamic red, a confident and self-assured attention-getter. On the other hand, tawny port, also in the red family, is elegant, sophisticated and tasteful.

Ballet slipper offers a softer touch. It’s always flattering and reminiscent of a rosy glow of health. Butterum is a snug, warm and toasty shade. It’s evocative of drinking a glass of butter rum by a roaring fire on a cool fall evening. Navy peony is a mainstay for the season’s palettes, a dependable, anchor shade that’s solid and stable. The hue takes some of the load away from black as the go-to neutral.

Shaded spruce is a green one might see in the forest, sheltering and protective as evergreen trees. Neutral gray is the standard of all neutrals. This shade shares the anchoring role with navy peony. Golden lime is an earthy tone with a twist. The golden undertones of golden lime make this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall colors. Marina is a cool shade with enhanced vitality in the fall palette that brings freshness and brightness. Autumn maple, a quintessential autumn color, is tawny and russet, introducing warmth to the palette.

In London, the color palette is led by a vivid flame scarlet. “The color palette for fall 2017 is comprised of strong classics colors that are complemented by unpredictable shades for both the autumn and winter seasons,” noted Eiseman. “Unexpected combinations such as royal lilac and otter brown or lemon curry with bluebell are eye-arresting, and they create an unusual color dichotomy.”

London’s colors include flame scarlet, toast, bluebell, royal lilac, otter, navy peony, copper tan, lemon curry and golden olive.