Pantone colours through the Years

We love colours here at All Day, so who better to give you a small insight into the wonderful world of colour creation, matching and trend forecasting than Pantone.

Started in 1963, Pantone helped us all out by creating a universal colour language for both designers and printers to draw on to find a common ground between the two when working together. Not only intended for printers, Pantone’s new across-the-board way of thinking about colour let creatives in all industries rest easy knowing their designs and products would end up looking the exact same colour from start to finish.

Using the whole colour spectrum and the science behind how it works to achieve unseen and bold colours, Pantone’s internationally recognised ‘Colour of the Year’ has for the last 20 years been a go-to for creatives of all industries to find out what colours people will be into that year, ranging from interior design to packaging and seasonal fashion brands and designers who draw a lot of their collection palettes from Pantone’s trend forecasting.

So whether your designing a t-shirt, tea towel, print graphic or just looking for some new colours to paint your bedroom you can sit back and enjoy as we take you through our stand out Pantone colours of the year as well as a couple of complementary colours to go with it and some words from executive director and head honcho of the Pantone colour institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Happy days.

2008: Blue Iris

"As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays."


2009: Mimosa

“The colour yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance, Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation."


2013: Emerald

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum…This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors”.


2015: Marsala

“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors”.


2016: Rose quartz & Serenity

“For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year…In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to colour is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using colour as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to colour usage.”


2019: Living Coral

“In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression”.

Dan Phillips