Which colors are trending this fall?

Note: This response appears in the September issue of A&E magazine.

  • Red Pear: a deliciously dark red, whose depth borders on being a shade of burgundy or brown. This dark steady color can be a great alternative to a charcoal gray or black shade used in a design.
  • Valiant Poppy: brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure.
  • Nebulas Blue: an electric blue that is wild and bright while still reminding one of the color used in Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting.
  • Ceylon Yellow: this is a yellow described as “savory and spicy,” adding an exotic touch of almost a curry shade of yellow to the palette.
  • Martini Olive: with a name like this, you can’t help but think smooth, sophisticated (and shaken not stirred), but also an urbane green that adds dept to the palette, balancing the brighter tones.
  • Russet Orange: this warm orange is brighter than one might typically think an orange would be in a fall color palette. You can pair this orange with colors that contrast such as the Nebulas Blue or Quetzal Green, or hues that align with it, including Red Pear or Ceylon Yellow.
  • Ultra Violet: the Color of the Year for 2018 is “inventive and imaginative,” with a free feeling to use it to showcase individualism.
  • Crocus Petal: this hue was unexpected for me as it has a “light and airy spring-like feeling” but somehow adds a sense of refinement when used with the other colors in this year’s fall palette.
  • Limelight: this lively and cheerful yellow-green can easily become a replacement for white when used against a dark background.
  • Quetzal Green: a rich and elegant blue-green hue suggestive of the wonderful coloring of peacocks.

-Jennifer Foy, Unisub

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Color samples for the Top 10 palette and then for the Classic five palette. (Image courtesy Jennifer Foy)

Jennifer Foy

Jennifer Foy


Jennifer Foy has over 20 years of experience using Adobe software and working in the advertising, marketing, and design fields. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her years of teaching experience include numerous software and design classes for colleges in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Jennifer is currently working as the Creative Director at Universal Woods with the Unisub and ChromaLuxe brands. Jennifer can be reached by email at [email protected]

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