Colour of the year

There is a colour of the year!?…I never knew that such a thing existed. But it does! Every December Pantone announces the trending colour of the year to come, here is the list dating back to 2000:

17-5641 Emerald (2013)
17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
19-1664 True Red (2002)
17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Last year it was Emerald, a symbol of growth, harmony, renewal and prosperity. 2014 offers ‘a reach across the colour wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination’, says Pantone. ‘An enchanting mix of fushcia, purple and pink undertones. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm’.

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But what does all this mean to us in the floral world? The answer is, not very much. Should we pay attention to the forecast of one company? The answer is, no we shouldn’t. However, oddly enough, three months into the year we are seeing the trending colours change, from the neutrals and greens that dominated 2013 to soft pinks and, would you guess it, purple.

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By summer wedding season it’s likely that we will be seeing fresh luscious green foliage, including beach, oak and ivy, (compleat with its dark berries) paired with the purple hues of lilac, allium, angelica, delphiniums, sedum, dramatic elderberry, sweet peas, dark dahlias, hydrangea and ‘Amnesia’ or ‘Memory Lane’ roses. To get ahead of the curve why not try using the demure hellebore (a personal favorite), magnolia branches, anemones and hyacinth at this time of year.

I have this little stunner sitting next to me today…

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Images: Top image – Pantone, all other images, By Bethany

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