Color Planner Fall 2009


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Choosing Fashionable Craft Colors for Fall

When it comes to color planning, particularly for the fashion, home decoration & paint, plus other areas of design, Pantone is my ultimate professional color standard and I’m not alone: the entire design industry uses them.


pantone color trend for fall 2009

Their Fall 2009 color scheme is posted here: Pantone Colors Schemes for Fall 2009.


In a nutshell:

Subtle contrasts, like those found in a painter’s masterpiece, make up the diverse color palette for fall 2009. Designers play with a broad spectrum of unique color combinations this
season, resulting in distinct, yet cohesive color palettes:

A.  A natural choice during uncertain times, patriotic American Beauty, a wonderfully balanced, true red, speaks to the need for cohesiveness. Perfect for all skin tones, American Beauty is a feel-good color.

B. Purple Heart connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and
excitement to the top 10, especially when paired with American Beauty.

C. A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year, PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa, through to fall and winter with its golden tones. Pairing Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart, will surely add a surprising flair.

D/E. Or, for a more typical fall combination, group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron.
Strong yet understated Iron serves as the “new black,” making traditional basics much more interesting. Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette. Crème Brûlée, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray, also speak to the need for timeless neutrals.  All three classics can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors.

F/G . Fall would not be complete without a seasonal favorite like Burnt Sienna, a deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Pair this versatile hue with
Nomad and Rapture Rose for a different twist. Adding spark to the fall palette, Rapture Rose artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink.  Underscored by nurturing and feminine tones, the addition of Rapture Rose enlivens the more traditionally subdued fall hues. Look for it in cosmetics as well as clothing and accessories.

H. Like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall. When combined, this tangy, intriguing hue makes all other colors
come alive. Look for it paired with Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Majolica Blue brings an exotic flair to the group, especially
when paired with Burnt Sienna or Purple Heart.


Fall 2009 Craft Color Trend


(from left to right: American Beauty, Purple Heart, Honey Yellow, Iron, Burnt Sienna, Nomad, Rapture Rose, Warm Olive, Majolica Blue and Crème Brûlée).

OK. These are the colors for THIS FALL.  Let’s starting mixing those colors up to create just that tone that’s hip…


Craft Color Planning 2010/2011

As well, I thought to move things along as after all, we better plan ahead a bit longer than just 4-8 weeks….  How about adding a year to that, so that the color scheme you are working towards will be current and up to date this AND next year…..

Here is the Color Planner for Winter 2010/2011, with a mosaic of color choices.

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