It’s getting colder and Christmas is just around the corner (can you believe it?). Even though you may be bundled up in your coziest scarf next to the fire, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of spring! After all, now is the perfect time to start planning and designing jewelry for the warmer months. Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, has you covered with their latest Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. We fell in love with Pantone’s top 10 colors for the season because they are bright, vivid, and imaginative. While poring over the gorgeous colors for the upcoming season (including the eye-catching Color of the Year), we just couldn’t help but to pair them up with some of our Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends…
These Blends work perfectly with each of the colors, wouldn’t you say? Read on and find an in-depth look at each color and the Blend we’ve matched with it, along with Swarovski color matches and jewelry ideas that you can make and rock to stay on trend.
Color of the Year: Greenery
This rejuvenating and revitalizing shade of zesty yellow-green is Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year. It definitely puts us in mind of spring, as it’s the perfect hue of lush foliage. It’s known as “nature’s neutral”, because you see it everywhere when spring comes around and all of the flowers, plants, and trees are in bloom. Our Tender Sprout Blend is the perfect match for this happy green. You could also represent this unforgettable green with Swarovski beads in Peridot or even crystal pearls in Neon Green. Our Herringbone River bracelet makes a wonderful fit with Greenery. The Kale and Island Paradise colors also make an appearance in this fashionable piece.
Niagara is a comfortable and dependable blue, thanks to its classic, denim-like look. Use this shade in your style and bring ease and relaxation into your looks. We like the way our Blue Pastel Blend picks up on the soothing feel of Niagara, and Indicolite Swarovski beads would work wonderfully for this color. Try Turquoise crystal pearls and key in on that classic look. Make sure to check out our Caribbean Waters thread-wrapped piece for more Niagara inspiration. It features S-Lon bead cord in the perfect colors.
Just looking at this joyful color warms you up! This enthusiastic yellow is full of good cheer and is a great pick for when the sun returns to say hello in spring. Add this hue into your style for more vitality. Even though it’s a pick for spring, our Summer Blend makes a good match for this warm color, with some Pink Yarrow and Flame thrown in for good measure. Swarovski beads in Sunflower are a lovely way to bring this sweet shade to your designs, or you could try crystal pearls in Neon Yellow for a show-stopping flash of color. We love the way the Chinese knotting cord in our String Theory bracelet showcases this inviting tone.
Another lovely blue hue for spring, Lapis Blue brings energy to the palette, with an intense inner radiance. You’ll love this strong, confident color in your style. Hints of this daring blue come forward in our Blueberry Pie Blend. Naturally, Swarovski’s Dark Lapis crystal pearls match up really nicely, while Capri Blue bicones provide a sparkling take. The midnight magic of this color makes a daring display in our Starry Night necklace. Lapis Blue is a great transitional color to take you from the chilly winter straight through spring.
Things are starting to heat up in spring, just like this fiery red-based orange color. This theatrical shade is a great way to spice up any look. We think our Coral Seastar Blend is a fun way to add this hue to jewelry designs. Swarovski’s Fire Opal bicones are just as vivacious as Flame, and Neon Orange pearls are a flamboyant option. Our Sunshine in Bloom earrings feature a Neon Orange pearl at the center of the design and pip beads in a corresponding color for a look that’s on fire. Switch out the seed beads in these earrings for the Coral Seastar colors and make this look all Flame! Add gregarious color to your spring ensembles with this striking shade.
Island Paradise is the great escape from it all, putting you in mind of unforgettably blue oceans, sunny islands, and pristine sand beaches. This blue-green shade is the tropical touch in the palette. Its refreshing aqua look will surely make a splash in any style. Our Seabreeze Blend complements the ocean tone perfectly. Our Sea Spray bracelet showcases the seed beads from this Blend in a look that’s perfect for the Island Paradise trend. Pair Swarovski bicones in Light Turquoise and crystal pearls in Jade to keep the cool beach feel going.
Spring is a time of romance, and Pale Dogwood definitely brings subtle romance to the color palette. This soft and peaceful pink is a quiet tone that you can add anywhere. It’s a healthy glow that speaks of innocence and purity. The tranquil pink tones of our Dusty Rose Blend are a beautiful representation of this color. Try softening up your style with either Swarovski bicones in Light Peach, crystal pearls in Pastel Rose, or combine the two for the sweetest look. The rose quartz beads in our Cherry Blossoms earrings are another great way to incorporate this pink into your looks.
Pantone’s Color Report for Spring 2017 is full of fun shades, and Pink Yarrow is no exception. This attention-getting pink is a tantalizing and lively complement to the quiet Pale Dogwood. You’ll want to add this stimulating shade to your style, for sure! Try stringing beads from our Rose-Colored Glasses Blend for a whimsical bracelet. Swarovski’s Fuchsia bicones are an excellent match for this hue, or try Neon Pink crystal pearls for an unignorable display. Katie Hacker used Fuchsia Swarovski beads in her Bedazzling bracelet, which represents Pink Yarrow nicely.
Kale is not just for eating! It’s a beautiful addition to Pantone’s top 10 colors for Spring, thanks to its lush and fertile look. This natural green is an earthy complement to the brighter tones in the palette, pulling everything back to the beauty of nature. Try using our Mossy Green Blend to bring this color to your jewelry designs. Swarovski’s Olivine bicones and Powder Green crystal pearls are also nice matches for Kale. Our Victoria Peak bracelet brings the rich and leafy Kale hue in with jade beads from Dakota Stones.
Pantone’s final pick for Spring 2017 is Hazelnut, a lovely neutral full of inherent warmth. This transitional color makes for effortless style and looks great in a variety of styles. Our Sandy Shores Blend picks up on the natural earthiness of this color (and there’s a hint of Pale Dogwood in there, too). You’ll love the way Swarovski’s Light Colorado Topaz bicones and Powder Almond crystal pearls capture the neutral beauty of this hue. It makes a great foundation for any color palette, as our Falling in Love jewelry set shows.
Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017 is filled with beautiful colors we can’t get enough of. Want to see them all together with our bead and jewelry picks? Here’s a handy infographic that you can add to your Pinterest boards to keep the inspiration going.
These colors are great options for spring and you can incorporate them into your jewelry, clothing, accessories, and even your home decor. If you’re planning a wedding, these colors make great inspiration for palettes you might want to use on your big day, from flowers and bridesmaids dresses, to makeup and more. Tell us your favorite colors from the palette in the comments below, or share your Pantone-inspired jewelry-making and craft projects on our Facebook page.
If you’re loving these colors and the beads and jewelry ideas that go with them, make sure to enter our $500 Shopping Spree Giveaway! You could win a $500 gift certificate for Artbeads.com, perfect for purchasing all kinds of beads in these fabulous colors. Learn more and enter here. Make sure to enter before the giveaway ends January 2, 2017.
Good luck and happy beading!