We're only a few months into 2017, but that hasn't stopped Pantone from looking inside their colorful crystal ball. At the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago this week, the international authority on color gave attendees a peek into what's on trend for 2018.
While we still have about eight months of Greenery (whether you like it or not) until they announce the new Color of the Year, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman was at the show sharing color and design trends for 2018.
"Metallics we know are classic," Eiseman said, according to trade publication Home Accents Today. "But they have really moved over into neutrals." We certainly see no signs of these shiny metals waning. Same goes for the iridescent trend: "The human eye can absolutely not avoid" anything iridescent, pearlized or translucent, since being intrigued by shimmering, shiny objects is "intrinsic to human development."
In terms of color, the trend is continuing away from pastels (like 2016's Colors of the Year Serenity and Rose Quartz) to more vibrant hues—though they won't entirely fade by 2018. "Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days," she said.
Pantone also revealed eight palettes for home and interiors for the upcoming year at the Housewares show. They are:
Vedure—Nature inspired hues, like celery, robin's egg blue, and berry purple. "This palette is so symbolic of health," said Eiseman.
Playful—Definitely not a palette to take too seriously, this one brings the fun—especially with colors like Minion Yellow and Lime Popsicle.
Descretion—Pretty much the opposite of Playful, this is mostly subtle, desaturated hues like Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose. "Pink has developed more power than ever before," said Eiseman.
TECH-nique—A nod to technology, with bright turquoise, pink, and purple hues, and balanced with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond.
Far-Fetched—This palette "reaches out and embraces many different cultures," said Eiseman. Lots of warm, earthy hues like Rooibos Tea and Cornsilk Yellow.
Resourceful—Mostly made up of complementary colors blue and orange, "it combines warm and cool tones that you just can't avoid looking at it."
Intricacy—Full of those new neutral metallics, with a pop of Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur for drama.
Intensity—This one conveys "a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication," said Eiseman, despite being an eclectic collection of colors. Black and gold balance the varying hues.