Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has partnered with Pantone, the world's color authority, to provide their expert color forecasts. The PANTONE® Fall/Winter 2011-2012 color trends are below.
We rely on the bright light of technology to simplify our lives with direct, effective, logical options. Man-made colors signal the presence of scientific optimism, and these resolute colors cast aside doubt and hesitation.
The palette hinges on aurora, apple green, dazzling blue and jelly bean, which harness all the reassuring and buoyant aspects of technology. They gleam confidently forward, demanding attention and promising immediate satisfaction.
Orchid hush, fuchsia rose and hyacinth violet provide happy contrast to the major brights in the palette. Pairing opposites like orchid hush and aurora--or fuchsia rose and apple green--induces sunny feelings.
Shaded spruce, twilight blue and blue graphite provide structure and stability: scientific solutions must be dependable, after all.
All colors in the palette could be rendered in metallic format (dull or fully reflective) for optimal scientific brilliance.
Clever, Fervent, Impetuous
Sensual, Exciting, Festive
Exhilarating, Optimistic, Luminous
Awake, Thriving, Quick
Energizing, Futuristic, Dynamic
Concentrated, Animated, Theatrical
Subliminal, Innate, Extrasensory
Imaginative, Witty, Young
Profound, Consistent, Knowing
Observant, Ever-Present, Inescapable
It's not enough to survive or even to control: we want to understand, too. Formal religion has lost some of its luster in recent years--but spiritual inquiry continues. Individualistic contemplation leaves behind stained glass and prayer books and looks towards the most ancient spirituality we know of: fire worship.
Copper, apricot orange, golden apricot, sun orange, burnt ochre and aurora red capture the colors of fire--treasured for warmth, a sense of protection and the promise of enlightenment. Smoke pine and red mahogany promise life and health. Brown stone and licorice hint at what Is left when the fire goes out: dirt and soot.
Charming, Agreeable, Advanced
Ripe, Ready, Receptive
Luminous, Inquisitive, Positive
Regal, Inspiring, Powerful
Supportive, Warm, Rooted
Visionary, Prophetic, All-Seeing
Exciting, Impulsive , Passionate
Reliable, Unwavering, Abiding
Original, Evolved, Essential
Stirring, Vital, Striking
If you don't know your history, your future cannot be bright. So we look to historic dramas of love and conflict to help us see our present in a different light. A generous dusting of gold, especially when layered over reds and plums, brings old glories to the fore--and reminds us that there was a time before machines. A time when things looked beautiful because they were made by skilled hands, each with their own histories. Nuance and subtlety are part of the picture here.
A trio of reds establishes the romance palette. Persian red, with its hint of blue, brings a sense of mystery and passion. Ribbon red's clearer tone speaks of riches and power. And chili pepper's warm personality encourages warmth and comfort. Layered over and around the reds, champagne beige and pale gold become luxurious neutrals. Traditional neutrals of wind chime, jet black and turkish coffee are equally sumptuous in their own ways.
Burlwood and plum wine bring layers of unexpected feeling to the palette. Are they serious or sexy? It depends on the way they are combined. Kombu green can be as bold and important as the reds, but is to be used sparingly like precious serpentine jade.
Mature, Strong, Talented
Striking, Radiant, Attentive
Cherished, Loving, Adored
Happy, Fulfilled, Celebratory
Generous, Consoling, Insightful
Rueful, Tender, Hesitant
Deep, Sophisticated, Multicultural
Passionate, Robust, Artistic
Assured, Content, Steady
Plausible, Intense, Practical
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"Love the color forecast--very interesting."
"I really like the Pantone Color Forecast information. It has been difficult for me through the yrs. to find this kind of information. I will use it often."
"I just LOVE that you are keeping us up to date with the Pantone Colours!!! Thanks so much."
"Loved the Pantone preview color show, I can see those colors being used in my beading designs. Very delightfully much food for thought! Keep up the good work."
- Mary Lou
"The color palettes and interpretations were quite interesting....it is worth noting what may be most desirable. I will probably try including those colors in some pieces just to see..... thank you."