Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Color—The Pantone Picks

With an unusually mild winter almost a memory, designers and artists are thinking about spring. Spring is a time to refresh and renew and try new things. Exciting new color choices are always a great way to experiment and change direction from the somber shades of the colder months. 

Color Swatches

Pantone, created in 1963, is the world-renowned authority on color and color systems.  They are known for the language for color communication for designers, manufacturers and retailers. Pantone specializes in textiles, plastics, architectural interiors and the ever popular paint chips found in hardware stores, designer studios and art stores.

The 2012 selection is dazzling in variations of color and in color names.  Take a look at the names and descriptions they’ve come up with for spring:

Tangerine Tango—described as a juicy orange

Solar Power—an energetic, cheery, yet deep yellow

Bellflower—an ornamental purple

Cabaret—a sensual and intense rosy-red

Sodalite Blue—a calming, classic maritime hue

Cockatoo—a tactile blue green

Margarita—a piquant yellow-green

Driftwood—an adaptable blend of beige and gray

Starfish—a perfect warm summer neutral

For more details on the forecast and designer trends, go to

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