PREDICTING THE NEXT BIG THING!

COLOUR FORECAST TRENDS OF 2018

We're still wrapping our heads around how to use Greenery (the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year) in every single way possible, and already, we have more inspiration to ponder for the year ahead. Behold: The 2018 colour forecast is here.

                                                 Greenery (2017 Pantone Colour of the Year)

At the International Home + Housewares Show this week, Pantone Colour Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman revealed what colour and design trends we can expect next year, and there seems to be something for just about everyone.

"Metallics we know are classic, but they have really moved over into neutrals," Eiseman said. She also predicts a continued infatuation with iridescence, since "the human eye can absolutely not avoid" anything pearlized or translucent.

Another standout trend will include a movement to intense colours rather than pastels — music to the ears for bright colour lovers.

"Intense colours seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days," she said.

Ready to start colour scheming for 2018? Read on for the eight palettes you can expect to see next year!

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RESOURCEFUL:
This palette is made up of complementary blue and orange colors. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at it.”

VERDURE:
Vegetal colours like Celery are combined with berry-infused purples and eggshell blue, symbolic of health, in this palette. 

PLAYFUL:
Think "Minions." Bright yellow, lime popsicle, and all other things fun come together for this color scheme. "People need to stop and smile," said Eiseman. 

DISCRETION:
Playful's alter ego. Subtle hues such as Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose offer a new sense of strength. "Pink has developed more power than ever before," said Eiseman.

FAR-FETCHED:
With warm, earthy hues such as Cornsilk Yellow blending with rosy tones, this palette "reaches out and embraces many different cultures," said Eiseman. 

INTRICACY:
A palette of neutral metallics (aka, the "new neutrals") with accents of dramatic Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulphur.

INTENSITY:
This is an eclectic mix of colours that evoke a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold. 

TECH-NIQUE:
Bright turquoise, pink and purple colors anchored with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond nod to technology. This palette is all about hues "that seem to shine from within," said Eiseman.