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Pantone Color of the Year: A Look Back

Pantone Color of the Year

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Pantone, the world’s color authority, has tendered a Color of the Year each December. The color typically suggests the predominant attitudes of consumers as the year begins, and predicts how those thoughts and feelings will evolve as the year unfolds.

Optimism or restraint? Free spirited joy or cautious progression? Power and positivity or cynicism and concern? These colors typically set the tone and pace for the upcoming year.

Here is a look back at the previous Pantone Color of the Year in progressive order:

2000 – Cerulean – a dusty blue with a gray foundation
2001 – Fuchsia Rose – a courageous pop of concentrated pink
2002 – True Red – a balanced red tone, confident and vivid
2003 – Aqua Sky – fresh and sunny, soft and tender, yet not quite pastel
2004 – Tigerlily – a bold orange, bright yet grounded
2005 – Blue Turquoise – a deeper version of 2003’s Aqua Sky
2006 – Sand Dollar – warmly neutral
2007 – Chili Pepper – a flare of brilliant red, opulent and fierce
2008 – Blue Iris – a blue with a trace of indigo, peaceful but not quiet
2009 – Mimosa – sunny yet softened with a touch of brown
2010 – Turquoise – A richer shade of 2005’s Blue Turquoise, with green undercurrents
2011 – Honeysuckle – a sweet-natured pink deepened with a dash of coral
2012 – Tangerine Tango – continuing the coral hints from 2011, charming and luminous
2013 – Emerald – a hopeful green
2014 – Radiant Orchid – lush lavender, plush and silken
2015 – Marsala – concentrated rich wine, a merger of burgundy red with chocolate

What are some of your favorite selections for Pantone Color of the Year? What do you think of Pantone’s decision to have dual color this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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