Pretty Little Picks: Fall 2013 Color Trends


Growing up with an interior designer as a mother, I’ve  been surrounded by  swatches of upholstery fabric and stacks of vibrant paint chips for as long as I can remember. This exposure to color, patterns, and design is probably responsible for my ridiculous obsession with bright colors and bold prints.

Pantone’s Color Report for Fall 2013 is an exciting and inspiring look at what’s to come from the design industry (and Pretty Little Letters!) this fall! The greatest thing about these colors is the way they flow so seamlessly together, maintaining a certain level of consistency among any collection of products. Studying Pantone’s selections gave me an excuse to shop for fabrics all day–one of my fave activities.

1. Mykonos Blue

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This bold, cobalt-esque blue is extremely versatile and can be paired effortlessly with vibrant colors, like Vivacious, in addition to muted hues, such as Turbulence. Mykonos Blue will likely appear in many of my designs this fall/winter.

(from left to right: Pearl Bracelet in Anchor by Andover, Solid in Royal by Robert Kaufman, Moroccan Lattice in Colbalt by Michael Miller)

2. Koi

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Somewhere between tangerine and coral, Pantone’s Koi is another great staple color. Although a traditional autumn shade, Koi can be paired with unexpected colors like Acai or Emerald. However, Koi also has the ability to maintain a classic feel when mixed with Samba, another warm color Pantone has selected for this fall.

(Parquet in Tangerine by Michael Miller, Textured Solid in Indian Summer by Andover, Swell in Tangerine by Michael Miller)

3. Vivacious

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By far the most vibrant color, Vivacious is a mixture of magenta and bubble-gum pink. In addition to Koi and Mykonos Blue, Vivacious would mesh well with Pantone’s Emerald. I cannot wait to play around with this fun shade of pink!

(Hexagons in Magenta by Westminster/Free Spirit, Crosshatch Sketch in Lipstick by Timeless Treasures, Tulips in Tangerine by Westminster/Free Spirit)

All the fabric swatches can be found at, an awesome fabric site!


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