Pantone Color Report: Fall 2013!

Did you hear? Pantone came out with their top colors picks for Fall, 2013! And I can't begin to share my excitement! It's definitely fun to see Pantone's tops picks for the season. And with an array of happy hues as pretty as these, I'm instantly seeing the party planning potential in each of their choices. And well, I couldn't be more thrilled to weigh in with my thoughts and opinions. Especially when it comes to how this will translate in the world of wedding color palettes.
First up, we have this beautiful, berry infused shade that goes by the name, Vivacious. Elegant,  enchanting, and surely the sort of color perfect for your upcoming soiree, this wildly deep fuchsia is all about adding a touch of sensuality to the palette.

I suggest pairing Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, and you'll have a palette that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Or why not keep things simple and pair it with a touch of antique gold like I've done here?

Next up on this year's ''it'' color list for Fall is this spicy shade of red that Pantone is calling Samba! Praised for it's intensity, I'm loving this powerful color and I hope you can see why! I suggest pairing fiery hues like this with understated neutrals. And I'm especially loving the way it looks with burlap! 

Looking for a color that will add richness and a beautiful glow that would be difficult to ignore? Why not consider Koi? This shade absolutely captures the spirit of Fall with it's shimmering qualities and can be combined with many of these colors to create pretty and powerful Fall combinations. Feeling as though your palette is lacking oomph? I suggest adding a pop of Koi to make a statement both in your wardrobe and in your wedding! 

Next up, we have this soft shade of green that Pantone is calling, Linden Green! Soft, sultry and surely the sort of palette that embodies the idea of growth and new life, Linden Green is a breath of fresh air and definitely the kind of color that I love for weddings and parties. I suggest keeping it simple by pairing it with a crisp, clean white like I've done here.

Love green, but looking for a color with a bit more depth? Why not consider a color like Deep Lichen Green? Praised for it's richness and earthy flair, I love this shade because I find it to be unexpectedly pretty and not entirely overused. I love the idea of using shades of green in a garden setting or even an outdoor Fall affair! Perhaps a vineyard even?

With the changing season, as you might expect, the greens from Spring will evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette. I suggest pairing this year's color of the year with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and preppy look.

Have a passion for all things purple? Well, then I invite you to take a quick peek at this pretty shade that Pantone is calling Acai! Rich, gorgeous, and surely the sort of color that exudes a royal flair, I suggest pairing this elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look.

Looking for a color that exudes a sense of calm and relaxation? Mykonos Blue is a color that I'm really loving and I'm so glad it made Pantone's list for Fall! Anchoring Mykonos Blue is a classic shade that offers both depth and a richness to an entire palette. I personally love to see this color used in nautical themed weddings. Combine Mykonos Blue with basic white to achieve a nautical inspired look. Or consider mixing it with Emerald for a palette that will surely wow!

{top row}: striped dress, save the datesshells via rebecca thuss,{bottom row}: boattented receptionnautical table numbers.

Rounding out this season's cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair effortlessly with more expressive colors within the palette, such as SambaKoi and Vivacious. I personally have always been a fan of shades of gray.

And what's not to love about a palette of rich browns like this one? Carafe is surely a color that's big in the world of weddings and from the looks of these gorgeous details, I can surely see why! Although I love to see brown used in a rustic way, I also think there's something to be said about using it in a very elegant way like this. Here, I've paired it with antique gold and a touch of ivory. It's a rustic, yet elegant affair! 

So what do you think? How are you liking this parade of Pantone colors? Any favorites that stand out for you? Any colors you might not have considered before? So tell me... how might you use these colors? In your upcoming wedding? In your wardrobe, perhaps? Or maybe these colors have inspired something else? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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18 Comments " Pantone Color Report: Fall 2013! "

Sara March 18, 2013

Great post! I am a total Vivacious fan - it's such a pretty one!

Unknown March 18, 2013

I'm not ready for Fall yet but I like these fall colors! My favorites are the greens (yes, all of them!) & the acai. Beautiful!

taylor greggorgy

Oh, YES! I'm totally smitten for Mykonos Blue!

Melanie March 18, 2013

Wow! I'm loving Vivacious, Koi, and Samba!!! =)

Ergo - Blog


Loving that Samba shade. So fiery and fierce.

Emir Feliciano March 18, 2013

Wow.. great photographer! gave an Instagram flavor to those pictures.. I have a music company at Puerto Rico and sometimes clients ask me for a good photographer.. We want to find one like this.. Nice blog by the way!

A Crimson Kiss March 18, 2013

Personally smitten with Samba–of course!

Style, She Wrote March 18, 2013

We're so excited for these new colors -- especially juicy hues like raspberry and pumpkin. Great spreads, too! xo style, she wrote.

Unknown March 18, 2013

Such beautiful shades!

Closet Fashionista March 18, 2013

I can definitely get behind all these colors, especially Acai :) My favorite haha

Unknown March 18, 2013

How do you do it!? These are perfect boards for starting your wedding planning with the perfect colors. You're called the perfect palette for a reason, Doll!

Bridal Accessories March 19, 2013

Lovin the samba red - great name great colour!

Elle Sees March 19, 2013

Ooh autumn is my fave, so I'm loving the colors

The Perfect Palette March 19, 2013

Gorgeous!! I love how you've coordinated all these ideas!!

Brenda's Wedding Blog March 19, 2013

wow!!! These boards are gorgeous. I can't even pick a favorite as you made me love each color.

The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills March 20, 2013

It will be interested to see how many brides at our facility follow these color suggestions . . .

Tessa Moore March 21, 2013

Emerald is totally my fave!

Maria from A Sweet Start May 09, 2013

Wow, what an awesome post! I love how you've put the colors together, nice job. I'm partial the Mykonos Blue and that Koi color is fab. I'm going to share this post with my clients on Facebook and Twitter! :)

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