Leatrice’s Lessons: Part 2 of 4: Determining Upcoming Color Trends

Leatrice often looks at movies are in production and what colors will be emphasized in those films.

And of course, fashion. Leatrice and the Pantone Color Insititute talk to designers and query them about the colors they will be using in their collections, then the Institute statistically comes up with the top 10 hues of the season.

Technology often introduces new colors, because it allows colors to be used where they were never used before. Car interiors are a place to look for where the up and coming colors will be.

The technology used for materials in cars often tend to be more expensive, because they are new ways of engineering surfaces and treatments. Brushed metals will become hot in 2006, because car interiors are starting to introduce this material. Once it becomes cheap enough, the technologies used to create these surfaces for multiple purposes will spread across product design everywhere.

Oh if you want to know what they top ten hues for spring of 2005 are, Leatrice says:

ïÝTurquoise/aqua blues

ïÝvibrant green


ïÝyellows with a hint of green

ïÝa red-orange shade

√Ø√ùa dark blue that’s not quite navy


ïÝcantaloupe/coral shades


ïÝslate gray

Oh yeah, i’m watching out for the teal

Source: 11/17/2004 talk by Pantone Insitute Director Leatrice Eiseman at a Unisource/International Paper breakfast

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16 years ago

so what shes saying is that its 1985 all over again 😉

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