Color Forecast: Nectarine

At least twice a year, design companies do a color forecast and release the information on the internet or at big events. Sherwin Williams has a big color forecast event that I go to every year in the fall, where they show trending styles and colors, and show off their brand new colors for the year. When I was at Kimball, I got to meet the lady who did their color forecasting and researching (what a fun job, right?).

This spring Pantone Released its color forecast.


One of the colors I want to talk about is nectarine. A lot of people may think of this as coral, though I think what Pantone is getting at is that nectarine is more orange. Orange is a very stimulating color and you might not know it but it triggers warmth, energy, and enthusiasm — which is probably why it is a popular color this spring. Right now people are interested in these exciting bold colors that trigger a response. Last winter we were obsessed with really saturated electric blues and purples, and I think we still have an obsession with these saturated colors — which is why I’m not sure why pantone showed their colors so tinted like pastels.

Below are some examples of interiors using “nectarine” as a color.



This is a much more traditional design using a monochromatic nectarine color scheme.



This design seems Moroccan, doesn’t it? It’s different, and not something you would usually see in a house here in the U.S. but I think it showcases a good usage of the nectarine color.


I like this design because it has a backyard charm to it. I think the white balances out the orange and the nectarine hues.



I think I like this one the most because it is using a complimentary color scheme to bring out the nectarine color. I also think it is the most contemporary design.


As far as style and fashion goes, there’s a few things out there this spring that have nectarine hues.



Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil – Happy Days


Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick – Tropical 140


Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo – Tangerine Tease



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