2017 Colour Trend Roundup

Since 2000, the Pantone Colour Institute, the self-styled “global authority on colour”, has carefully studied the current trends in fashion, design and even politics and, based on their estimation of the current zeitgeist, chosen a “Colour of the Year”. This designation is purely for creative purposes; they don’t patent the colour. Their mission is simply to put a colour label on the way they predict the year ahead to feel, or how they think we should feel. For example, according to their website, the 2011 Pantone colour, Honeysuckle, was chosen as way to instill “confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

(A Pantone infographic on the history of the Color of the Year.)

Often, the Pantone Colour of the Year pops up in various industries not limited to just paint. The 2017 Colour of the Year is “Greenery” and has been spotted everywhere from the Gucci 2017 Spring Collection to Better Homes and Gardens.

Unsurprisingly, other design firms and paint companies followed suit, and began highlighting trending colours and palettes. Here is a glimpse at some of the colour trends this year, trends that extend beyond paint colour and into fashion and fabric.


Benjamin Moore created an entire colour palette around their chosen colour of the year, Shadow 2117-30, which they described as being “allusive and enigmatic”. Their colour palette is an exercise in comfort, with bright colours transformed into their smoky counterparts, creating a feeling of warmth and ambiance. With names like “Grandfather Clock Brown”, “Dark Burgundy” and “Dinner Party”, the 2017 Benjamin Moore Colour Palette is perfect for long, dark nights with friends gathered around your well-loved dining room table. Check out this inspirational video of all the colours being used by muralist Mary Lacy.


Sherwin-Williams also highlighted a warm colour palette with their Colour Of The Year, Poised Taupe. This colour is associated with a “cozy lifestyle” and bringing “sanctuary into our homes”. It is a modern take on an old feeling of comfort that manages to remain simple and clean. The rest of the palette, grey-ish blues like “Gale Force” and “Mountain Air”, brings the same updated feel to home classics.


And PPG went in a slightly different direction than the others, one more in line with the trend forecast by Pantone’s Greenery. They chose Violet Verbena, a colour directly taken from Mother Nature’s spring colour palette. A lively purple, Violet Verbena is a dewy-fresh breeze that adds a gentle pop to any home. It is hardly limited to the home, and can be found in everything from graceful spring hydrangeas to the designer studios.


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