Fall Color Forecast

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Look around your workspace — do you tend to collect and use specific colors of fabric, yarn, thread or other materials? That’s totally normal: Designers, artists and makers often gravitate to the same shades over and over again. But, as you start thinking about your fall projects, consider breaking out of your color comfort zone! Working with less familiar hues is a good challenge and can even help bring your work in new directions.

Need help picking the perfect palette for your fall project? Prepare to be inspired by these 4 color trends!

1. Sophisticated gradients

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Nature is filled with beautiful progressions of color — just think about the gorgeous fall foliage! Using a gradient can evoke a sense of the changing seasons in a fresh and unexpected way.

2. Pantone color of the year: Ultra violet

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Earlier this year, Pantone — the company that designers use to find and match colors — announced Ultra Violet as the Color of the Year. (It’s a major award!) This rich, electric shade of purple is great for cozy fall projects. Try pairing it with other purple tints, or even mixing in jewel-tones like mustard, ruby red and pumpkin orange.

3. Minimalist neutrals with a pop of bold color

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For a clean, crisp color palette, you can’t go wrong with an earthy neutral paired with a bright color. Explore shades of gray, beige, ivory and brown and add your favorite bright shades as accents.

4. Rainbow inspired with modern neutrals

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Everyone loves a rainbow — but the neon, unicorn-inspired ones don’t exactly exude sophistication. Borrow those happy vibes, but mix up primary colors (reds, yellows and blues) with secondary colors (oranges, greens and purples) to make a warm tertiary rainbow. Or, try one with neutrals like oatmeal, navy and warm grays.

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