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Pantone Colour of the Year

Every year, the design world and decoristas everywhere await the announcement from Pantone declaring the Colour of the Year. Pantone’s astute colour selection influences product development and design decisions from fashion to home furnishings.

For 2021, Pantone has chosen not one but two colours to encapsulate the new year: The calming shade of Ultimate Gray 175104 and the vibrant yellow colour Illuminating 13064. These two colours could not be more opposite, and that is precisely the point. “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with vibrant yellow illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rocksolid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.”

Whether you plan to incorporate both colours or just one, here are some simple ways to infuse the hues into your lifestyle.

1. Yellow GEO ROUND GICLEE on canvas. $399. thebay.com

2. Original moustache BOBBLE HAT in lightening yellow/grey. $35. hunterboots.com

3. AJ FLOOR LAMP, dark grey by Arne Jacobsen. $1,666. finnishdesignshop.com

4. Portofino four-burner DUAL FUEL RANGE in yellow by Smeg. $9,499. cookstore.ca

5. Ormhassel THROW in yellow. $19. ikea.ca

6. Goopglow microderm instant glow EXFOLIATOR by Goopbeauty. $58. sephora.ca

7. Sven briar gray SOFA. $1,449. article.com

8. Nolita yellow KETTLE by Kate Spade New York. $100. thebay.com

9. Sunnuntai MUG by Birger Kaipiainen. $24. finnishdesignshop.com

10. Lithic BOWL. $99. eq3.com


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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of colour authority, Pantone, choosing the colour of the year, the pressure was on to define and set the tone for a new decade. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Interesting how the company started the tradition at the dawn of this millennium with Cerulean Blue, the colour of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day connoting restful, peaceful and relaxing times. An antidote, if you will, to calm the uncertainty of the new century and the Y2K scare that predominated the period.

It seems we need the same type of reassurance as we embark upon this century’s version of the roaring ’20s (let’s hope it ends better than that one did!). Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace to the human spirit, offering refuge. It also aids concentration and brings laser-like clarity, re-centering our thoughts.

After two decades of interpreting the colour culture of the time, Pantone remains loyal to the much-loved blue family, encouraging the human race in uncertain times. It is somewhat poetic that a clear daytime sky blue inaugurated the century, and 20 years later, Classic Blue depicts the colour of the sky at day’s end — dusk — a time of day when we process the day’s events and anticipate what the evening hours will bring. As far as decorating with this universal favourite shade of blue, the options are endless…from large furniture pieces, like a supple velvet sofa to pops of the versatile colour on walls, fixtures, dishware and bedding. The sky is the limit…literally.

1 Coco ARMCHAIR, $1,419.99; maisoncorbeil.com

2 Napoleonic Blue CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan, starts at $15.95 for a 120 ml tin; anniesloan.com

3 Tertial WORK LAMP, $14.99; ikea.com

4 Mai Blue Floral BOWL 9.5″, $29.95; crateandbarrel.ca

5 Set of two minimalist ESPRESSO CUPS AND SAUCERS, blueberry, $50; lecreuset.ca

6 Blue Stripe Round PLATTER, $39.95; crateandbarrel. ca

7 Organic Luxe Fibrosoft TOWELS, midnight $12 – $129; westelm.ca

8 Dusk Classic Blue Paint Brush Stroke Texture WALLPAPER MURAL from $4.91 per square foot; muralswallpaper.com

9 Single-lever FAUCET, Vola of Denmark, blue $1,135; gingers.com

10 Gurli CUSHION COVER, $4.99; ikea.com


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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

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Annie Sloan interprets Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is a strong and intense colour; Sloan has toned it down to inky midnight purple

Known as the worldwide authority on colour, Pantone announced Ultra Violet as the Colour of the Year for 2018.

“The name Ultra Violet gives the impression of a very strong and intense colour. I’ve mixed a slightly toned down version of it using my paint, Chalk Paint in Burgundy and Napoleonic Blue,” says paint guru and world-renowned colour expert Annie Sloan. “I think this colour looks absolutely beautiful, especially when it’s finished with Dark or Black Chalk Paint Wax, which will give it an inky midnight purple colour.

“I always think about colours as combinations, so one of the first things I asked myself about this colour is ‘what colours will work with it?’ My answer is to go for natural tones, as the purple is so rich, deep and intense. Earthy greens will look lovely. From my palette I’d team Ultra Violet with Chateau Grey, Old Ochre and Versailles.”

More purple hues in the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan palette (shown below from left to right) — range from Emile, a warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones; Henrietta, a beautifully rich and complex pink with a hint of lilac; and Old Violet, which is nearer to the blues than Emile. The pigments in Chalk Paint are very pure, and as there is no black included in the mix, it’s easy to obtain the shade you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the perfect purple hued fabric for your soft furnishings then Annie has got just the thing. Her Emile & Graphite (photo below) from her Coloured Linen Collection looks fresh and modern and the tumbled cotton and linen mix is suitable for all types of upholstery.

The Chalk Paint Decorative Paint range comprises 36 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette, making it easy to find just the right shade. Chalk Paint offers the simple way to transform furniture, walls and floors and absolutely anyone can achieve great results — from the novice to the experienced upcycler. The Chalk Paint formula offers excellent coverage, with only one coat often needed for a great finish, and it even covers minor flaws effortlessly.

Chalk Paint comes in quart cans (946ml) priced at approximately $45 and in 4 oz. (100ml) sample pots, priced at approximately $14.99 (regional price variations and shipping charges apply). It can be purchased from over 60 Annie Sloan stockists and online. For a full list of locations, please visit anniesloan.com.



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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018

Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

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Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018: Ultra Violet

Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come: Pantone

Pantone, a provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions, today announced Pantone 18-3838, Ultra Violet, as the Color of the Year for 2018. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counter-culture, unconventionality and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of Western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” added Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with colour and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, travelling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations as well as new lifestyles, play styles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 19 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Ultra Violet in Home Decor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art or accent wall. As a colour that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness. In hospitality, we are seeing purples like Ultra Violet take centre stage in interior spaces as large and small hotels harness color and design to entice travelers and stay relevant.

Saatchi Art

As an expression of the imagination and creativity that Ultra Violet provokes, Pantone has partnered with Saatchi Art (SaatchiArt.com), the world’s leading online gallery for emerging art, to create a limited edition collection of official Pantone Color of the Year 2018 prints. The collection, available for purchase beginning January 1, 2018 will include new works by international artists working in painting, sculpture and printmaking, that embody the spirit of Ultra Violet.

Pantone Color of Year 2018 Guides

For the first time, Pantone will also release limited edition collections of Pantone Color of the Year 2018 guides as collector items for designers to enable them to more easily integrate Ultra Violet into their workflow. Sold exclusively on Pantone.com, these guides are perfect gifts for designers who are already on the pulse of colour trends, or for up-and-comers who want to deck out their desk with the sleekest tools.

pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018



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