Fall 2016 Colour Trends

For a while now on Pinterest, I’ve been sharing the predicted colour trends for the upcoming seasons (you can see the ones I posted for 2016 here). Sometimes, I’m a little late sharing, so this year I thought I’d get a head start and share what I’ve found so far right here on Kaz Talk instead.

In some respects, of course, I’m still a little late, as colour trends tend to be dictated by high end fashion designers and are seen on models strutting their stuff on runways months in advance of becoming a trend in the high street or even appearing in stores.

Some colour trends are also dictated by interior designers and paint companies, but most of us are less likely to see the colour other people have just painted their homes, unless we watch home shows on TV, and since most of those are recorded months in advance of airing, by the time they appear on TV, they may already be out of date.

Unlike fashion and interior design, it’s a little harder to predict upcoming colour trends for websites and print material, other than those that showcase the latest or upcoming fashion and interior design trends, but since we all get inspiration from what we see around us, it’s possible to predict that websites may follow suit, so to speak.

If you do a Google search for “website colour trends for Fall 2016,” the results are mostly for 2015 and before. I did come across this Sitepoint article from November 2015 that had this to say:

The takeaway is that, by keeping tabs on what’s happening in these industries, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on in web design. The same colors people want to wear on themselves or see in their homes are the same colors that they’ll enjoy when browsing the web.”

It therefore makes sense, as a website designer, to keep tabs on and get inspiration from both fashion and interior design trends. However, I usually check the Pantone® color website to see what they have to say. That said, the following screen grab from the Pantone® Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016 shows the colours they predict will be on trend this Fall.

Screen Grab from the Pantone® Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016

Screen grab of the Pantone Colour Palette from their Color Report for Fall 2016

The Pantone® Color Report for Fall 2016 describes the Fall 2016 colours as “A Unity of Strength, Confidence and Complexity” and that a “desire for tranquility, strength and optimism inspired” the predominantly blue colour palette for Fall 2016. Included in their Fall 2016 colour palette are six new Pantone® colours. The colours pictured are (from left to right):

  • NEW Riverside (Pantone 17-4028) [RGB 76 106 146 #4c6a92]
  • NEW Airy Blue (Pantone 14-4122) [RGB 146 182 213 #92b6d5]
  • NEW Sharkskin (Pantone 17-3914) [RGB 131 132 135 HEX #838487]
  • Aurora Red (Pantone 18-1550) [RGB 185 58 62 #b93a3e]
  • Warm Taupe (Pantone 16-1318) [RGB 175 148 131 HEX #af9483]
  • Dusty Cedar (Pantone 18-1630) [RGB 173 93 93 #ad5d5d]
  • NEW Lush Meadow (Pantone 18-5845) [RGB 0 110 81 HEX #006e51]
  • NEW Spicy Mustard (Pantone 14-0952) [RGB 216 174 71 HEX #d8ae47]
  • Potter’s Clay (Pantone 18-1340) [RGB 158 70 36 HEX #9e4624]
  • NEW Bodacious (Pantone 17-3240) [RGB 183 107 163, HEX #b76ba3]

I added both the RGB and HEX equivalents for each of the colours, using my Photoshop colour picker. Bear in mind that these were taken from a screengrab taken on my iPad Mini. On checking with Pantone® Colour Finder here, with the exception of the Aurora Red, my Photoshop colour picker picked the same equivalents. My colour picker gave RGB 185 58 50 for Aurora Red instead. Both RGB combinations, however, produce the same HEX # for website design, so just in case you don’t have the Pantone® colours on your system, for accuracy when converting to CMYK for print, I’ve included the correct RGB #s in my list.

What do you think of these Pantone® colours?

Do you like the new ones?

Have you seen any websites using these colours yet?

Would you use any for your website?

Let me know in the comments, or get in touch if you’d like me to help you change up your website’s colour scheme.

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