Spring 2013 Color Trends from the Pantone Institute

This season addresses consumers’ desires for self-expression, balance, and the need to re-energize. The color direction builds upon these needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance, according to the Pantone Color Institute. This allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance.

“The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to as we strive to find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director. “This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression, and excitement.”

Colors and images in the slideshow are from Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013 (excerpts reprinted with permission). View the full report at

Pantone Colors displayed here may not match Pantone identified solid color standards. Consult current Pantone for fashion and home color system publications for accurate color. Pantone and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC.

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