New York Fashion Week as come and gone, and left us with an impression of what’s to come in the next year of fashion.
It’s no secret that what trends in fashion trends in our homes, which is why we pay close attention to the trend reports coming out of NYFW. And when it comes to picking out what’s noteworthy, no one does it better than Pantone.
We know Pantone best for their annual Color of the Year (remember Rose Quartz and Serenity?). They’re the ones constantly predicting color trends that set the tone for fashion, interior design, and so much more in our colorful world.
Here’s an explanation on the Pantone fall color choices from Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute:
“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.
Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.
Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”
Dreamy, right? Let’s take a closer look at these fall colors and a few ways to add them to your own home this season.
Described as “cool and calming”, Riverside is a relaxing shade of blue that also has a vibrancy to it. Mirroring our favorite pair of denim, a flowing river in autumn, and our newest home accessory, Riverside is a versatile color that will undoubtedly be everywhere this fall.
Anglepoise Brass Wall Design | Horne
This classic design gets a modern update with this nod to Riverside Blue. It would make a great addition to any room in the home, but would look especially nice as a bedside lamp.
Airy Blue is just that. The designers wanted this shade of blue to evoke weightlessness, especially in contrast to a world full of conflict. Why would we not want to bring that into our homes and lives? Airy Blue was also chosen as a seasonal representative of the color of the year, Serenity.
Pantone suggests pairing this light and uplifting color with Taupe, Lush Meadow, or Dusty Cedar for a stunning color combination.
Dotty Clock | Design Within Reach
This Design Within Reach Clock has us thinking about the short and sunny autumn days. It’s simple mid-century style perfectly accents the soft blue tone.
Gray tones remain as stylish as ever, and this season’s Sharkskin is no exception. The color is vibrant enough to stand alone with its blue undertone, yet neutral enough to be used in any color combination for the season. To Pantone, the color “showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens”. We agree.
AROD Lamp | IKEA
Leave it to IKEA to bring us classic styles with a modern twist. This floor lamp would make a stylish addition to any living room style.
Every season needs a strong red, and Aurora Red embraces our favorite bold tone of fall. In comparison to the other colors found in this blue-based palette, Aurora red breaks through with passion and confidence. Like a bright lipstick or fast car, anything in this shade is impossible not to notice.
Le Creuset Flame Salt and Pepper Mills | Crate & Barrel
Le Creuset is a household name for high-quality French kitchenware, and these vibrant salt and pepper mills make a statement not only with your food, but in your kitchen decor as well.
Of the two neutrals in the Top 10 Fall Collection, Warm Taupe is the earthier and more comfortable of the pair. This timeless color pairs well with both bright and muted seasonal favorites. Its warmth evokes “reassurance and stability” in a palette studded with cooler shades.
Jackie Sofa | Kardiel
A soft is no seasonal investment, but with a timeless color like Warm Taupe, you’ll never be out of style. Spice up this mid-century couch with a few seasonal accent pillows.
If Airy Blue represents the fall hue of Serenity, Dusty Cedar is the collection’s Rose Quartz. Pantone describes this shade as “a fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring”. It also mirrors the popularity of the rose gold metal trend that has been popping up in fashion and interior design in the past few seasons.
LaCrosse PrimaLoft Down Comforter | The Company Store
Ring in fall tucked under the warmth of a down comforter from the company store. They’re great for layering on beds and cozying up on the couch as the temperature drops off.
Emerald was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the year, and we see it represented in this color with a subtle blue undertone. Lush Meadow brings in the brilliance of natural green in a season of reds and oranges. This is a no brainer in our homes already — plants, plants, plants.
Eames Molded Plastic Chair | Design Within Reach
Everyone needs some green plants in their home. But we also think everyone Eames chair in their home. So why not grab one in a bold color like this Lush Meadow?
Pantone dubbed this color as the exotic one of the bunch, bringing to the table a “zestier” version of past season’s yellows. It’s a bright and energetic color, yet still feels right for the season with its rich base hue.
Infinity Mirror | Room & Board
This minimalist mirror from Room & Board adds a touch of Spicy Mustard to even the most simple of spaces. Try it in an entryway for last-minute touch ups, or above a dresser in the bedroom for a makeshift vanity.
A variant of russet Orange, Potter’s Clay is an elegant color choice for the season. It takes an organic earth tone and upgrades it with saturation and depth. We love the way this color reminds us of the last color of the changing leaf, of our favorite terra cotta pot that transcends the seasons.
Weekender Stripe Wool Throw | Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
Bring on fall with this cozy throw from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. The woven wool blanket is just as warm as the Potter’s Clay color it displays.
If this last color seems like a total curveball, it should. Pantone chose the purple hue Bodalicious as an unexpected fall color that “speaks to the gender fluidity we continue to see”. Though it seems drastic, the pinks and blues that make this shade allow it to coordinate surprisingly well with others this season.
Wild Succulent | Minted for West Elm
Sara Berrenson designed this watercolor bouquet, with Bodacious front and center. It’s a floral print that will lighten up any space, any time of year.
Which colors from the Pantone Fall 2016 Color Report are your favorites? We’d love to hear how you plan to add them (or already have) to your home this season. Send us a message on social media, or in the comments below!