Color Forecast

The Most Talked About Hues for Spring 2013

It’s that time of year to take a look at what the color experts at Pantone have in store for us this upcoming season! This forecast previews the most talked about hues for spring 2013, featuring vibrant variations of brights, as well as, a new palette of neutrals that create both balance and a ton coordinating combinations.

Just like the early signs of spring, it is green all around! Pantone has named Emerald Green 2013’s Color of the Year. It is bold, lively and it radiates a sense of well-being and happiness. You can also add a burst of freshness with Tender Shoots, an exhilarating shade of yellow-green that will create energy and excitement. While you will see a more delicate hue with Grayed Jade, it can be a calming and classic neutral when paired with a bright color.

Fresh and fun citrus shades are still hot for this season. Last year, Pantone named Tangerine Tango their 2012 Color of the Year. The trend continues with a bright new shade of orange, Nectarine, and a cheerful shade of yellow, Lemon Zest.

If April showers bring May flowers, then this spring brings you Red Poppy and African Violet. Warm and positive, red is the color of confidence. While imaginative violet can add a creative spin to many different color combinations. Both of these colors can stand strongly alone but also pair well with other colors to create a bold and fresh palette.

Soothing Dusk Blue makes the list as one of the season’s new and relaxing neutrals. Monaco Blue, a classic color staple, offers a deeper shade to this color forecast. A warmer neutral choice for spring includes Linen. It works as a basic shade that complements any color combination by adding a sense of lightness.

Are you ready to put these colors to work? No problem! I have created a variety of combinations to help illustrate different ways you can pair spring’s hottest colors.