Pantone trends Spring 2018 – Guest post from Burmatex

This post is a guest blog from the designers at Burmatex. Burmatex have created mood boards for corporate office interiors based on the Pantone colour trend predicts for spring 2018.

Working as a design team, we often are asked about colour trends and what is popular / up and coming. In the burmatex design studio we look at a variety of things to keep ourselves informed; market trends, trade shows, magazines and of course, Pantone. We look to Pantone as a world leader in forecasting trends and use the Pantoneview Colour Planner often in our product design process. In this guest blog post for Flexiform, we will be looking at 3 key colour stories highlighted by Pantone for Spring 2018. These colour stories have been highlighted for fashion, but will inevitably filter into interior design as well.

Spring 2018 classic colour palette

The pantone classic colours for Spring 2018 are traditional and unfalteringly dependable; core colours that you could build any design scheme around. Using navy as your darkest colour (rather than black) gives a fresh and carefree feeling. Pantone’s sailor blue is a near perfect match to burmatex grade indigo which is available as carpet tile or plank. This navy anchors the classic palette which also hosts a cool, light grey and pure white. The pure white – coconut milk – is an easy colour to incorporate into an interior space as the trend remains strong for white desking and chairs. These two colours feel more traditionally spring-like and open. The final addition is warm sand, which adds a subtle heat we have seen in recent trends; think camel coats and 70’s interiors. Wooden furniture legs like the Wilson and  Wilson Ply tables from Flexiform can help add this feel to a commercial interior.



Spring 2018 top 12 – selection 1

Looking at the first four colours in the Spring 2018 pallette, you have a real mix of colour depth. Primary shades working with soft pastels.

The desire for colorful self-expression is a key take away for Spring 2018. Similar to observations made by Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman in our NY PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report, designers for the UK market are comparably responding to the consumer’s growing appetite for flexibility in color expression by introducing more unusual colors and color stories in their collections for Spring 2018. Overall there is a feeling of optimism and confidence driving a new vitality into fashion trends. – Pantone

Burmatex x Flexiform - Pantone Spring 2018



These hues go unexpectedly well together, either as full bodied statements (a red floor, a blue olio storage) or as highlights and notes (green carpet inserts, rose tinted locker doors). Seeing new colour combinations like this can invigorate existing ranges and provide new, imaginative design schemes.


Spring 2018 top 12 – selection 2

Burmatex x Flexiform - Pantone Spring 2018 - 03

The last selection is expected for a spring colour forecast – bright pops, lush grassy green and flowery pinks. Almost mauve can be picked up in neutral finishes whilst rapture rose and lime punch are great for bold statements. Both burmatex and flexiform are not afraid of colour and have a wealth of strong statement pieces that complement the forecasted pink and green. Pink lavender is a soft, candy shade. Not ideal for commercial flooring, it can be easily worked into an commercial interior space through the use of fresh spring blooms or on trend stationery.-

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