PANTONE’s Color of the Year: 2000 through present

Last updated: October 8, 2017 at 7:20 PM (CDT)

 


Each year since 2000, Pantone has chosen a color from their Fashion + Home (formerly known as the PANTONE Textile Color System) collection to represent a “Color of the Year” that is derived from fashion and culture trends.  From Wikipedia:

Annually Pantone declares a particular color “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company hosts, in a European capital, a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year; for example, the color for summer 2013 was chosen in London in the spring of 2012.  The color purportedly connects with the zeitgeist; for example the press release declaring Honeysuckle the color of 2011 said “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.” The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View ($750), which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-oriented companies purchase to help guide their designs and planning for future products.

Pantone has said that color “has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.” Colors of the 1960s were chosen in conjunction with the rise of youth culture, counterculture and social revolution; including Hot Pink (17-1937), Vermillion Orange (16-1362), Grass Green (15-6437), Lemon Chrome (13-0859), Cyan Blue (16-4529) and Bright Violet (19-3438). Recession and growing environmental awareness in the 1970s brought “earthy colors” like Avocado (18-0430), Burnt Sienna (17-1544), Carafe (19-1116), Harvest Gold (16-0948), Rust (18-1248) and Corsair (19-4329). MTV, and similar cultural influences, and economic upturn are responsible for the more vibrant colors of the 1980s; Lavendula (15-3620), Radiant Orchid (18-3244, also color of the year in 2014), Mauve Orchid (16-2111), Ribbon Red (19-1663), Royal Blue (19-3955) and Rose Violet (17-2624). The 1990s, with rise of graffiti, grunge and zen, saw the colors Overcast (14-0105), Lead Gray (17-1118), Oasis (16-0540), Super Lemon (14-0754), Firecracker (16-1452) and Scuba Blue (16-4725).

Here are the individual Colors of the Year – shown using Cotton swatches:
 

PANTONE
15-0343 TCX
Greenery
HEX: #88B04B
RGB: 136 176 75
2017
PANTONE
13-1520 TCX
Rose Quartz
HEX: #F7CACA
RGB: 247 202 202
2016 (b)
PANTONE
15-3919 TCX
Serenity
HEX: #93A9D1
RGB: 147 169 209
2016 (a)
PANTONE
18-1438 TCX
Marsala
HEX: #964F4C
RGB: 150 79 76
2015
PANTONE
18-3224 TCX
Radiant Orchid
HEX: #AD5E99
RGB: 173 94 153
2014
PANTONE
17-5641 TCX
Emerald
HEX: #009473
RGB: 0 148 115
2013
PANTONE
17-1463 TCX
Tangerine Tango
HEX: #DD4124
RGB: 221 65 36
2012
PANTONE
18-2120 TCX
Honeysuckle
HEX: #D94F70
RGB: 217 79 112
2011
PANTONE
15-5519 TCX
Turquoise
HEX: #45B5AA
RGB: 69 181 170
2010
PANTONE
14-0848 TCX
Mimosa
HEX: #F0C05A
RGB: 240 192 90
2009
PANTONE
18-3943 TCX
Blue Iris
HEX: #5A5B9F
RGB: 90 91 159
2008
PANTONE
19-1557 TCX
Chili Pepper
HEX: #9B1B30
RGB: 155 27 48
2007
PANTONE
13-1106 TCX
Sand Dollar
HEX: #DECDBE
RGB: 222 205 190
2006
PANTONE
15-5217 TCX
Blue Turquoise
HEX: #53B0AE
RGB: 83 176 174
2005
PANTONE
17-1456 TCX
Tigerlily
HEX: #E2583E
RGB: 226 88 62
2004
PANTONE
14-4811 TCX
Aqua Sky
HEX: #7BC4C4
RGB: 123 196 196
2003
PANTONE
19-1664 TCX
True Red
HEX: #BF1932
RGB: 191 25 50
2002
PANTONE
17-2031 TCX
Fuchsia Rose
HEX: #C74375
RGB: 199 67 117
2001
PANTONE
15-4020 TCX
Cerulean
HEX: #9BB7D4
RGB: 155 183 212
2000
 

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