Since the turn of the Millennium, Pantone™ has kept a steady finger on the pulse of the global zeitgeist. What do they feel? The steady beat of change – tracking shifting trends across fashion, entertainment, art, film, technology, jewelry, politics and more.

Unveiling more than just color, the Pantone Color of the Year has emerged as a force for both reflecting and shaping global consumer culture. Now 17 years and 19 colors later – as 2016 famously awarded the top spot to two colors – we have enough information to put our antennae up and try to detect some patterns. While no single pattern goes unbroken, 2017’s Greenery being a great example, some intriguing five year Pantone patterns do emerge. As you examine the trends for yourself in our handy infographic, what are your predictions for the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year? Remember: wild cards and outliers almost always break the pattern!

PANTONE COLOR GUIDE

  Name Pantone
2000 Cerulean 15-4020
2001 Fuchsia rose 17-2031
2002 True Red 19-1664
2003 Aqua Sky 14-4811
2004 Tigerlily 17-1456
2005 Blue Turquoise 15-5217
2006 Sand Dollar 13-1106
2007 Chili Pepper 19-1557
2008 Blue Iris 18-3943
2009 Mimosa 14-0848
2010 Turquoise 15-5519
2011 Honeysuckle 18-2120
2012 Tangerine Tango 17-1463
2013 Emerald 17-5641
2014 Radiant Orchid 18-3224
2015 Marsala 18-1438
2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity 13-1520
& 15-3919
2017 Greenery 15-0343
Name RGB
2000 Cerulean 155 183 212
2001 Fuchsia rose 195 68 122
2002 True Red 188 36 60
2003 Aqua Sky 127 205 205
2004 Tigerlily 226 88 62
2005 Blue Turquoise 83 176 174
2006 Sand Dollar 222 205 190
2007 Chili Pepper 155 35 53
2008 Blue Iris 91 94 166
2009 Mimosa 239 192 80
2010 Turquoise 69 184 172
2011 Honeysuckle 214 80 118
2012 Tangerine Tango 221 65 36
2013 Emerald 0 152 116
2014 Radiant Orchid 173 94 153
2015 Marsala 149 82 81
2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity 247 202 201 & 145 168 208
2017 Greenery 136 176 75
Name HEX/HTML
2000 Cerulean 9BB7D4
2001 Fuchsia rose C3447A
2002 True Red BC243C
2003 Aqua Sky 7FCDCD
2004 Tigerlily E2583E
2005 Blue Turquoise 53B0AE
2006 Sand Dollar DECDBE
2007 Chili Pepper 9B2335
2008 Blue Iris 5B5EA6
2009 Mimosa EFC050
2010 Turquoise 45B8AC
2011 Honeysuckle D65076
2012 Tangerine Tango DD4124
2013 Emerald OO9874
2014 Radiant Orchid AD5E99
2015 Marsala 955251
2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity F7CAC9 & 91A8D0
2017 Greenery 88B04B

Quick Side Bar: For anyone hoping to unleash the power of Pantone in their home, business or even branding, Pantone graciously shares all of their color codes in multiple formats. Across different computer screens, resolutions and more, how can you possibly hope to represent the true spirit of their carefully selected colors without this level of precision? Who knows, perhaps one of you out there might notice another pattern with this added layer of detail!

Pantone Evolution & Patterns

Pantone Evolution Infographic (PDF)

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In March, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman unveiled 2018 Pantone View Home + Interiors palettes spanning eight distinct color groups from the International Home + Housewares Show. What could these newest developments say about the state of the zeitgeist in 2018?

With everything you know now, let us know in the comments what colors you think might take the top spot in 2018!

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