Pantone's 2012 Color Picks

Pantone's 2012 Color Choices


For spring 2012, designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of lifestyles, from free and playful and light and breezy, to contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

Here is a break-down of the colors being used this year with a complete description of each.

The color palette starts with Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring.

And, providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Next we have, Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity.

Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red.

Continuing with Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette.

Add in Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, which is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Mix in a little Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow.

And finish with Sweet Lilac, reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning and evoking the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac also adds a touch of romance.

Mix in these neutrals to add practicality to this season’s brights – Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

For an ultra-bold vibrant look this spring, try mixing Bellflower with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. Combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle alternative, or combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with Sodalite Blue. For a safer bet, add a natural neutral like Starfish to the mix.

There you have it for this year’s color choices – just in time to make a splash for Spring.

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