Spring-Summer 2023 Pantone Colors of the Year

Spring-Summer 2023 Pantone Colors of the Year

Brady Bingham and Janet Suisted – New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty


Whether it accessorizes a person or accents a place, color carries so much meaning. That’s why interior designers, decorators, and architects pay attention when the Pantone Color Institute publishes its forecast trends for the fashion industry. As the leading authority on the palettes to watch for in the New York Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2023 collections, Pantone knows that hues make a huge impact, whether on a wall or a catwalk.

This season, Pantone notes two parallel trends that are divergent yet complementary, opposite yet apposite. People are embracing contrast and exaggeration through novel and unexpected colors, and in doing so, conveying a sense of excitement. Bold tones evoke freedom and invite a spirit of play. At the same time, understated, utilitarian essentials are as trustworthy and in demand as ever—yet even they have been updated with their fair share of unique, creative twists.

Chic Shades That Stand Out

Francesca Loi – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

The pops of color provided by these poufs add visual intrigue to what’s already an inspired indoor-outdoor promenade. They show off Beetroot Purple, a vibrant fusion of fuchsia and magenta. But what truly brings this look to life is a backdrop that beautifully blends some of Pantone’s so-called “core classics”—in this case, the neutrals of Macchiato and Vanilla Cream.

Jessica Canning and Michael Canning – Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Brokerage 

These warmth-infused basics also help to brighten a light-filled kitchen, but the character of the space comes from the Blue Perennial and Summer Song seen in the seating, while a fun juxtaposition of Skylight, Tangelo, and Love Bird manifests in the artwork. Meanwhile, the near-iridescent backsplash channels Gray Lilac or Vanilla Cream, depending on how the light hits.



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