Colors of the Year 2017 – Fons & Porter

Have you been excitedly waiting to see the color trends predicted for 2017? It’s arguably one of the best things about the change of the year – a brand new color palette to freshen up our entire approach to the world. The fashion, home dec, and beauty industries are wonderful indicators of color trends in popular culture, and in fact their color curation trickles down quickly to nearly all consumer products, from bed sheets to car upholstery and clothing to crayons. Quilting fabric is no exception, so it makes sense for us quilters to take a peek at the 2017 color trends!

Pantone is the world’s best-known arbiter of all things color. Although the company has operated in New Jersey since the 1950s, the Color of the Year program began only recently, in 2000. To learn more about Pantone and to see all the Pantone Colors of the Year to date, follow this link and scroll down. 

So what shade do the color experts at Pantone like for 2017? Take a look at Greenery!

From the Pantone website: “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

Sounds great! Of course other companies, notably paint manufacturers, have their own ideas about 2017 color trends. Here are a few to inspire:

Paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore has chosen Shadow as their 2017 color of the year.
Benjamin Moore has chosen Shadow as their 2017 color of the year.
Behr has organized their 2017 color choices into 3 palettes based on lifestyle and personality traits.
Sherwin Williams is going with Poised Taupe as their 2017 Color of the Year
Sherwin Williams is going with Poised Taupe as their 2017 Color of the Year.

But perhaps the most-anticipated Color of the Year pick among quilters is fabric manufacturer Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids selection. For 2017, it’s Pink Flamingo, described as a “vibrant, clean, and perfectly playful pink.” Kaufman only makes its Color of the Year solid for one year, and then retires it, so if you love it snap some up right away!


Now how about you? What color trend are you planning to explore in 2017? Leave a comment below and help inspire all your fellow quilters.

Happy New Year!
The Fons & Porter Team

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