The future is looking bright—according to Pantone, anyway. The color forecasting company just released its spring/summer 2020 trend report based on New York Fashion Week. If the thought of winter’s cold, muted tones is causing an early-onset SAD flare-up, these fresh hues are the (literal) light at the end of the tunnel.
Pantone’s predictions range from the easily adaptable—think: cobalt blue and saffron yellow—to the straight-up funky. You’ll find bright aqua blues and greens, which we saw on Technicolor display in the collections of Mansur Gavriel and Staud, as well as Collina Strada’s pale yellows and electric blues. Similarly, the tomato red clothes at Prabal Gurung and Sies Marjan have sister crimson shades in the report. If you swear by your neutrals, don’t worry, there are plenty of those within the 16 forecasted colors, but it seems clear that next year will be all about going bold.
Here are three of our favorite colors from the palette—plus the decor pieces that bring them home:
Attention, neon haters: This is a more manageable way to dip your toe into Living Coral. In the form of a new set of dishes or a sculptural table lamp, the sweet shade is subtle enough to act as a neutral.
Just like the fabric it’s named after, we predict this blue-gray will be a classic. Warm it up by pitting your decor finds against a buttery yellow paint, or take it up another notch with a vibrant citrus—perhaps Pantone’s Orange Peel, which is fortuitously situated right next to Faded Denim in the trend report.
See? Gray winter days are no match for these energetic hues.