On-Trend Colors for Spring

The Pantone Color Institute (PCI)—widely considered the global authority on color trends—unveiled its Spring 2018 PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report. This year’s list combines a range of saturated hues into what promises to be a vibrant and memorable palette.

According to PCI, the Spring 2018 list “encourages a sense of fun and playful release.” And, since there is no better place for fun and play than your own backyard escape, why not incorporate this bold and beautiful palette in your poolscape? From pillows to loungers to a new coat of paint, these splashes of color are sure to brighten up the upcoming pool season.  

Turn on the Lights and Brights

Meadowlark is a bold yellow that echoes sunny outdoors and warm temperatures. Little Boy Blue begs to be paired with it and bring in the water element. Meanwhile, Cherry Tomato is an orangey-red color that makes everything sizzle, and Chili Oil adds just the right amount of spice to bring it all together into a scene that’s reminiscent of vintage Florida rooms and tall, cool drinks.

Pink Lavender is no shrinking violet as it partners with the slightly pinkish-coral tones of Blooming Dahlia. Add in Arcadia, with its almost teal color, against a background of richly purple Ultra Violet (PANTONE® Color of the Year 2018), and you’ll feel certain you’ve arrived in the tropics.

Emperador is a chocolate brown that’s calmingly sedate when paired with Almost Mauve—until you add pops of Spring Crocus, a purplish fuchsia, and the citrus color of Lime Punch. Such a party of colors brings forth thoughts of Cuba on a hot day.

Alternatively, you can envision setting sail for Bermuda with a blend of PCI’s Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette. This palette provides the more neutral canvas on which to splash other colors as you see fit. Sailor Blue and Harbor Mist, a soft gray, are crisp and unimposing on a base of Warm Sand. You can then sprinkle in Coconut Milk for a refreshing accent.

Mix It Up

When it comes to combining colors, you don’t have anyone’s rules but your own. If your searching for further inspiration, fabric stores typically have a large selection of outdoor fabrics that can be a feast for the eyes and get your creative juices flowing.

Catalogs and online retailers are another good place to start. Decorative Fabrics Direct, Fabric.com and Jo-Ann all have extensive collections. Make notes of what grabs your attention and sparks your creativity. Then, create a wish list scrapbook of pictures, swatches and ideas to get started.

Make It Yours

Next, take a look at your current setup and consider what you have and what you’d like to freshen up. The changes you make can run the gamut from an entirely new set of poolside dining furniture and serving pieces to replacing any worn cushions or adding a large outdoor rug with complementary pots and pool towels. A fresh coat of paint, decorative planters and flowers are also a great way to add this season’s hottest colors to your backyard oasis. The sky really is the limit.