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fall color palette inspiration

While the last days of summer are still warm, the chill of the evenings will soon set in. The kids are back to school, and thoughts of pumpkin spice lattes and long-sleeved shirts are right around the corner.

As designers, our environment is our inspiration. Our design color choices often reflect the season we are currently in. Winter, with its soft whites, silvers, and blues of ice and fallen snow. Spring, with its fresh greens and the bright hues of tulips and daffodils. Summer, with its sunflower yellows, warm desert sands, and swimming hole blues. Fall, of course, has a unique color palette all on its own.

Every season, the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colors shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. From there, Pantone creates The PANTONE Fashion Color Report where they highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion. Why not use some of the season’s trendiest colors for your design inspiration?

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Download the New York City Fall 2017 Color Palette in Adobe Swatch Exchange (in .ase format) for your fall designs.

Here’s a list of the colors and the imagery they might invoke:

PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine

A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter.

PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port

Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.

PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper

Descended from the Red family but with a softer touch, Ballet Slipper is always flattering and reminiscent of the rosy glow of health.

PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony

A mainstay for the season for both palettes, Navy Peony is a dependable and an anchoring shade. Solid and stable, the hue takes some of the load off of black as a go-to neutral.

PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray

The standard bearer of all neutrals, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. It can be used as an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade.

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.

PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime

Earthy tones with a twist, the golden undertones of Golden Lime makes this yellow-green shade a refreshing complement to fall classics.

PANTONE 17-4041 Marina

Cool with an enhanced vitality, Marina is the only truly cool color in the fall palette that brings with it freshness and brightness.

PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.

Check out the full report here: PANTONE Fashion Color Report, Fall 2017

Photo by Athena Lam on Unsplash



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