This Year's Best Fall Colors, According to the 2018 Pantone Palette
We know we can always turn to Pantone—the graphic standards system turned trustworthy color institute—to bring us sound advice on the upcoming colors for each season, and fall 2018 is no different. From warm Red Pear to bright Nebulas Blue, see what products we chose to match five of Pantone's Top 10 Color Palette for fall 2018 and where you can get the look.
It's no surprise to see that this deep red hue made this year's list of top trending colors for fall. While we're used to seeing a variation of red in fall decor, the classic color gets a name upgrade when we're introduced to Pantone's Red Pear. Pantone describes the color as a "Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices." Embraced by designers on the runway, Red Pear is ready to make its debut in your home. The romantic hue complements a variety of decor styles and can easily transition to winter when paired with charming white and gold. To ensure a standout shade for fall, we suggest keeping the rest of your decor neutral, or accenting with burnt orange to tie multiple fall colors into your space.
A refreshingly bright option, Pantone's Ceylon Yellow challenges homeowners to step away from the classic gold used in fall decor and suggests they opt for a sunshine-inspired hue instead. The radiant color is meant to stand out and bring an "extotic touch," as Pantone calls it, to your home. While we're accustomed to seeing this bold shade in summer color palettes, it's easier than ever to transition into a stunning fall setup. With decor items in this adventurous shade you can use year-round (throw pillows, accent chairs, etc.) you can add subtle fall accents to your space to embrace the season. Make this burst of color feel more traditional by pairing the happy hue with fall browns and reds. If you're seeking a more modern scheme for the season, then let Ceylon Yellow stand out on its own and pair it with neutral grays. No matter how you choose to style it, this delightful color is one that shouldn't be left out when it comes to decorating this fall.
Pantone introduced Ultra Violet in December 2017, announcing it as the 2018 color of the year. Since then, we've given you 12 electrifying ways to decorate with the daring color and are now back to inspire you to ditch long-established plum for the blue-based purple this season. Described by Pantone as "inventive and imaginative," the rich hue will have you doing just that—thinking of creative ways to refresh your fall decor. To ease this color into your home, we recommend the two throw pillows and glass vase paired with fall tones such as orange and gold. On the other hand, if you're ready to fully embrace the bold color we suggest pairing these picks with cream and other neutrals (such as this throw blanket) to create a vibrant fall look that has Ultra Violet at its center.
While Pantone's fall palette favors daring hues, those who love traditional fall decor can rejoice over Martini Olive. What might be the second easiest color (with Red Pear being the first) to bring into your preexisting fall decor collection, the sophisticated olive green shade works nicely with wreaths and garland. Rich in color and classic, this Pantone favorite can be used as an accent color year-round when partnered with the right neutrals. To bring this color into your home, we've pulled some unique finds in the hue that won't be overwhelming (even when paired all together) in your space. We especially love the olive green record player that we picture sitting on a midcentury modern storage cabinet, and the knob from Anthropologie that could be used to quickly transform your dresser for a subtle nod to the change of seasons.
Perhaps our favorite shade on Pantone's Fall 2018 Top 10 Color Palette, this electrifying blue has us completely rethinking our tried-and-true fall hues. With inspiration to bring brighter tones into what is normally a warm, rich color scheme, the options are endless this season. The vibrant shade, while bold, still brings us a sense of tranquility and calm associated with most variations of blue, especially when used in small doses as an accent color. Let this color stand out this fall and pair it with complementary orange and copper accents, or utilize it as your secondary color when you focus on more classic fall colors such as earthy browns and greens. As the seasons change and temperatures drop, swap out orange and copper accents for a neutral ivory or light gray and use this color in your home throughout the year.