Pantone Has Spoken: These Are the Best Colors for Spring 2018

Updated 09/18/17
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After watching the stampede of models storm the runways for New York Fashion Week, the Pantone Color Institute has curated its annual NYFW trend report for the coming season. While the below 12 colorways have caught the eye of fashion designers, what they send down the catwalk has a tendency to infiltrate all areas of design (including interiors).

"The color palette showcases an appreciation for the complexity and distinctiveness of color and the expression of it, which is something that evolves and can be played with," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Consumers need more variety, and this expanded palette embraces the lack of gender and seasonal borders we are seeing within the fashion industry."

For the first time, the Color Institute has also included a set of four classic spring colors, which they describe as a "family of color that transcends the seasons and provides structure to any wardrobe." Check out the new spring 2018 colors below, and consider adding a pop of Meadowlark or Chili Oil in your home come spring.


PANTONE 13-0646: Meadowlark

They describe this sunny hue as a "confident and outgoing bright yellow" that "highlights the Spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us."


PANTONE 17-1563: Cherry Tomato

The "impulsive" Cherry Tomato hue is described as a "tempestuous orangey-red that exudes heat and energy." Wear this if you want to "demand attention" or feel "viscerally alive."


PANTONE 16-4132: Little Boy Blue

"Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day," the team writes, adding that "Little Boy Blue is no longer for boys only."


PANTONE 18-1440: Chili Oil

"Seasoned yet seasonless, Chili Oil is an earthy, brown-based red that adds flavorful definition to the Spring 2018 palette," the team writes.


PANTONE 14-3207: Pink Lavender

Pantone recommends to opt for Pink Lavender for a "soft and romantic" vibe that "charms with its soothing sense of quiescence."


PANTONE 15-1520: Blooming Dahlia

"With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal," Pantone says.


PANTONE 16-5533: Arcadia

The Institute describes this shade as "retro, yet at the same time, modern." Arcadia is a "cooler, cleaner" take on the classic green that "takes us into a new direction for the Spring 2018 season."


PANTONE 18-3838: Ultra Violet

Evocative of Prince and his majestic originality, Ultra Violet is described as "a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues."


PANTONE 18-1028: Emperador

"The rich, chocolate-infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the Spring 2018 palette," Pantone writes.


PANTONE 12-2103: Almost Mauve

Described as "delicate and ephemeral," Almost Mauve adds a "touch of nostalgia to the Spring 2018 palette."


PANTONE 17-3020: Spring Crocus

The Institute describes Spring Crocus as "witty and expressive," commanding an ability to "summon you in with its beguiling charm."


PANTONE 13-0550: Lime Punch

"Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus-like presence in the Spring 2018 color palette," Pantone writes.


Classic PANTONE 19-4034: Sailor Blue

As Pantone's first classic shade for its Spring 2018 collection, it believes that Sailor Blue "anchors the palette."


Classic PANTONE 14-4202: Harbor Mist

Similarly, dove gray Harbor Mists balances and "solidifies the Spring 2018 palette."


Classic PANTONE 15-1214: Warm Sand

Pantone regards Warm Sand as a "comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons."


Classic PANTONE 11-0608: Coconut Milk

Described as a "classic mainstay," Coconut Milk is a classic white or off-white shade for the spring season.

Head over to Pantone for the full trend report, and share your thoughts on the new hues below.

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