| Jun 7, 2011 |
Pantone introduces 175 new colors for designers
Boh staff
By Staff

Pantone today announced the addition of 175 new colors to its Color System, bringing its total to 2,100 shades.

“The new PANTONE FASHION + HOME Colors are perfect! There is a range of colors to suit every collection – both nuanced and tonal colors as well as vibrant and fresh,” said Peter Som, American women’s wear designer. “At the end of the day, all of the colors are sophisticated and fit with whatever I’m inspired by.”

“One would think it would be impossible for Pantone to best itself, but indeed it has,” said Jonathan Adler, maker and designer. “I didn't imagine that there were 175 more colors in the world but Pantone managed to find them, number them and add them to its already legendary assortment – an unbelievable feat and a boon to designers the world over.”

All color families were expanded to include a broader range of nuanced neutrals and mid-tones; an increased number of vibrant brights; complex hues with greater depth and intensity; and more subdued and smoky variations of popular colors.

Red/Pink: In the red family we included cherry reds with both blue and yellow undertones, and deeper cabernet reds with hints of brown. With pink being popular and uplifting, we added a range from a soft Ballerina Pink to a vivacious Deep Rose with blue undertones.

Orange: With the orange family becoming more prominent we expanded our range to include more hot and radiant orange shades with red undertones such as Tangerine Tango as well a variety of some spicy and deeper oranges that display a dollop of brown with names like Cinnamon Stick and Marmalade.

Yellow: To enhance our selection of yellows, we brought in more true yellows in the light to mid-tone range including Lemon Meringue and Solar Power and also some softer, warmer yellow hues reminiscent of Flan and Pear Sorbet.

Browns: In the brown family we brought in several of the delicious pure chocolate browns like Ganache and Chocolate Torte which are deeper and richer. With the taupe and khaki family ascending in popularity we also added in a variety of warmer and more classic taupes including a Toasted Coconut and Humus which display a golden base.

Greens: The rising importance of the green family led to the addition of a wide array of green hues ranging from the lush and deep true hunter greens like Climbing Ivy, to the gemstone influenced emerald greens such as Jolly Green and on to the more grayed down blue based greens like Belgian Block and Agave Green.

Blues: With a renewed emphasis on blue based shades, we added varying degrees of periwinkle blues including Paler Halogen and Chambray Blue, some more watery based teal and aquamarine blues with names like Mykonos Blue and Aqua Splash and 12 new navies including several red based navies, a true indigo and more classic navy shades like Night Sky and Evening Blue.

Purple: As purple hues continue to soar, we added some more vibrant red based purples such as Cherries Jubilee and Granite, several grayed down purples with blue undertones suggestive of a Mesa Rose and some more mystical smokey violet shades.

Mauves: We increased the variety of our blue based pinks from the palest rose to the deeper azalea tones.

Whites: Whites, the purest of the pure and that most classic of shades, were expanded in both warm and cool tones.

Grays: With grays more in demand, we added a wide range of grays in varying color depths including the more neutral blue based grays with names like Storm Front and Graphite, as well as some red based and green based grays.

Blacks: Black Bean and Tap Shoe are just two examples of the variety of new sleek and sophisticated black shades we added to round out our collection of blacks hues in our palette.

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