PantoneFall2013

Today I sit in my office, looking out my window at the rain, and its plain to see that fall has arrived.  That means school is starting and soon the leaves will begin to change.  I’ll admit, while I love summer with its bright colors and hot starry nights, there is nothing quite like the mist of a fall morning.  The smell of the damp earth, crisp air and pumpkin-flavored everything.  When it comes to fashion, autumn is my favorite season as well.  I love to be bundled and layered in soft sweaters and colorful scarves.  Give me a nice pair of boots with some cozy socks and I am a happy camper.

Lets not forget the colors of fall.  Deep jewel tones, muted greens and rich chocolate browns.  Pantone’s Fall Color Report is all of the things you love about fall.  Let’s hear what Pantone has to say about their fall color picks:

With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue,a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look. Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette. Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.

In my product picks, I went heavy on the natural materials and lots of sparkle.  Fall to me is a time for gemstones and wood and pearls. For my Emerald I chose a sew-on Swarovski crystal.  Don’t let the “sew-on” part intimidate you as this piece can easily be incorporated into jewelry as seen in this tutorial from a while back. I went with another Swarovski item for my Mykonos Blue, choosing a two-tone Montana Blend drop.  I had a harder time picking an item for Linden Green, trying to steer away from the bright lime greens that were so popular in the spring.  These printed mother of pearl discs are the perfect balance of bright while staying true to the season.  Amethyst was my first thought when I saw the deep purple Acai and immediately gravitated to this strand of faceted Amethyst rondells.

Samba is represented here with a carved cinnabar flower bead and Koi is perfect color for Carnelian, like this double-pointed drop pendant.  Deep Lichen Green was a hard one for me to find a match for (greens are a little out of my box) but I think that this large wooden bead compliments it well. Leather wrap bracelets are hotter than ever, so I thought it would be good to include one of TierraCast’s new leather straps in my product pick for Vivacious.  I chose another TierraCast item for Turbulence, going with one of their new Infinity charms in a gunmetal finish.  I picked this dark wood carved pendant that is beautiful and light weight, perfect as either a pendant or a pair of earrings.  Beaujolais, a color from the men’s collection, might actually be one of my favorites in the entire bunch.  I love the rich wine tone and these keshi pearls are perfect.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of color inspiration!

Kelsy

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