Pantone Announces 2016 Fall Colors

I love fall! Yes. I’m yelling that! It is my favorite time of year. I know. It’s only mid-July, but Pantone has announced the 2016 fall color palette, and I’m ready to fix my Thanksgiving in July dinner. July is to the year what Wednesday is to the week and I just need a little fix to get me over the hump. A turkey and a solid review of the Pantone shades and my inventory should do the trick.

Turkey Dinner

And here they are.  Drum roll please. Hmmm. I think I see some of these colors in my dinner.

Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

In addition to announcing a spring and fall line-up of colors, Pantone also chooses one single color that is named “Color of the Year”. For the first time — ever — in 2016 Pantone named two colors as color, I mean, colors, of the year.

Pantone 2016 Colors of the year

Okay. Just who is Pantone and why do people care about their forecasts?

Much like MacDonald’s works to ensure that a quarter pounder tastes the same in Athens, Georgia as it does in Athens, Greece; Pantone works to ensure that “Riverside 17-4028” looks the same everywhere in the world. In addition to the spring and fall announcements of “the” colors, Pantone also works with corporations to assist them with memorable ad campaigns, branding and design — think Tiffany’s and their oh so famous blue.┬áThe colors are not necessarily intended to set the tone for fashion, home decor, graphics, etc., but they most certainly do. Rather they are an expression of the times — a universal feeling.

A diverse group of experts makes up the panel that meets to determine which colors make the hot list. They are world travelers and share, including photos, what they have found as recurring themes in color. It is interesting to me that there are worldwide themes that seem to come and go, ebb and flow. It is a subtle reminder that we are really not so different.

Have fun working with these latest colors. Take a look at your current wardrobe and incorporate some of these new colors into the mix by adding a few new pieces. I’ll be showing you examples over the weeks to come of how these colors can work together.

Kylie Addison Sabra


After completing this blog, I got curious and Googled Christmas/Thanksgiving in July. It seems I’m not the only one obsessed with this madness. It is apparently quite a common practice. The observance appears to have it’s roots in Europe. When summer become increasingly and uncomfortably hot, people crave the cold of winter, and celebrating a winter holiday in the midst of a summer heatwave brings emotional, if not physical, relief.

And why not celebrate — again — mid-season? It a joyous time of year and I can’t think of anything more fun than to do it twice without the financial burden of massive gifts and packed malls. Just the fun, ma’am.