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

Leatrice often looks at movies that 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 use in their collections; then the Institute statistically comes up with the top 10 hues of the season.

Technology often introduces new colors, allowing 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 tends 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 the top ten hues for spring of 2005 are, Leatrice says:

  • Turquoise/aqua blues
  • Vibrant green
  • Pinks
  • Yellows with a hint of green
  • Red-orange shade
  • Dark blue that’s not quite navy
  • Khaki
  • Cantaloupe/coral shades
  • Lavender
  • Slate 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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19 years ago

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

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