Monday, August 12, 2013

Pantone Fall 2013 Color Ideas

It’s time again to get some fresh color inspiration from the realm of fashion and design. This year’s roundup for the autumn and winter season focuses on a theme of change - not just turning leaves and all of our favorite fall changes, but the ability for carefully chosen colors to morph from one style to the next.

Pantone’s fall colors for women this year are a gorgeous mix of rich neutrals and vibrant shades that would all be right at home in a flourishing orchard. Along with color of the year Emerald, we have Mykonos Blue, Acai Purple, Samba Red, Koi Orange, and Vivacious Pink. The backup section is filled beautifully with Linden Green, Deep Lichen Green, Carafe Brown, and Turbulence Gray.

Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Colors for Women

To make three color trio ideas for you, I had to omit one of the ten Pantone picks. After mentally scanning my bead stash, I decided to leave out pink. Then I did my best to match beads with each of the remaining hues and combine them into perfect clusters of color.

Samba is by far my favorite shade in this mix - it’s like a perfect, juicy raspberry - so I started with ruby red druks. The transparency gives them that same juicy look, enhanced by opalescent cream seed beads standing in for Linden Green. I liked the vintage, lipstick-and-lace look of this pairing, so I finished it with the antique flourish of Deep Lichen Green. My metallic grey-olive Indonesian glass beads were a perfect fit to create Debutante.

Debutante Fall Bead Color Idea

Next I had to tackle the tricky Koi, and it seemed safest to go with a purple and orange combination. Some lovely tagua slices fit Acai really well, with lustered-coral orange in perfect contrast. Together they look like a colorful selection of freshly harvested veggies. To keep things simple, I cooled off Ratatouille with some Turbulence grey Delicas.

Ratatouille Fall Bead Color Idea

Finally we’re left with three very beautiful colors. This trio is one that would work with just about any project. I used some rich brown wood heishi for Carafe, and Capri lined cubes for Mykonos. The bright, watery Emerald was a tough green to match, but I finally found it in turquoise lined amber seed beads. This trio reminded me of lakeside woods and log cabins, so I decide to call it Getaway.

Getaway Fall Bead Color Idea

Do you have a favorite color from this year’s Pantone picks?

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  1. A very timely post since Fall is almost here - and I was just wondering what colors will be 'in'. I love the way you paired up your beads. I'll have to try to do something similar.

  2. I'm loving Mykonos Blue and am beginning to see it quite a bit. It's classic paired with Emerald, but I love how you made it warm and earthy by adding carafe to the mix. I have to say, your first photo has me thinking differently about Samba - I must give it another look!

  3. I love the last trio: Getaway! :) The turquoise lined amber glass seed beads make my mouth water!


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