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Pantone Color of the Year | Palettes + Mood Boards | Ultimate List

LAST UPDATED: December, 2022
FILED UNDER: Brand Strategy and Design

Pantone Colors of the Year
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The Pantone 2023 Color of the Year is… Viva Magenta!

Behold, the #Magentaverse! It’s bright and bold and confident. And you know what? I think that’s what we all need this year. Here’s to 2023 and vibrant days ahead!

About Pantone

I won’t get into a ton of detail about Pantone and who they are, but here’s a little bitty snippet from their website description:

PANTONE¬ģ is the Universal Language of Color for Designers, Brands, & Manufacturers. Design, shop, and explore¬†Color of the Year 2023, trends, and products.

If you’re a curious cat or a connoisseur of color like me, you’ll be happy to dive into their About page and learn more about the company’s history and do a little shopping in their Lifestyle collection (not an affiliate… just obsessed). Anyone else a total nerd and love this stuff? Seriously… if you are, follow me on Instagram and reach out.

A few key milestones

  • 1963 | Pantone debuts the “Pantone Matching System” with 500 colors
  • 1999 | Pantone announces their first Color of the Year — Cerulean
  • Today | You’re reading my post. Pretty cool of you.

Learn more and connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Pantone Colors of the Year, from 2000 to 2023

I’ve gathered and curated the ultimate list of Pantone’s methodically chosen colors of the year from the very beginning — along with convenient copy-and-paste color codes, inspiring palettes, and other good stuff! I hope this gets your creative brain gerbils moving!

Viva Magenta | 2023 Pantone Color of the Year

Viva Magenta Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-1750 TCX

Hex Code

BB2649

RGB Code

187 38 73

Very Peri | 2022 Pantone Color of the Year

Very Peri Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-3938 TCX

Hex Code

6667AB

RGB Code

102 103 171

Illuminating | 2021 Pantone Color of the Year

Illuminating Color Codes

Pantone Code

13-0647 TCX

Hex Code

F5DF4D

RGB Code

245 223 77

Ultimate Gray | 2021 Pantone Color of the Year

(but can we actually just ignore this one?)

Ultimate Gray Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-5104 TCX

Hex Code

939597

RGB Code

147 149 151

Classic Blue | 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

Classic Blue Color Codes

Pantone Code

19-4052 TCX

Hex Code

0F4C81

RGB Code

15 76 129

Living Coral | 2019 Pantone Color of the Year

Living Coral Color Codes

Pantone Code

16-1546 TCX

Hex Code

FF6F61

RGB Code

255 111 97

Ultra Violet | 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Ultra Violet Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-3838 TCX

Hex Code

5F4B8B

RGB Code

95 75 139

Greenery | 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Greenery Color Codes

Pantone Code

15-0343 TCX

Hex Code

88B04B

RGB Code

136 176 75

Rose Quartz | 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Rose Quartz Color Codes

Pantone Code

13-1520 TCX

Hex Code

F7CACA

RGB Code

247 202 202

Serenity | 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Serenity Color Codes

Pantone Code

15-3919 TCX

Hex Code

93A9D1

RGB Code

147 169 209

Marsala | 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Marsala Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-1438 TCX

Hex Code

964F4C

RGB Code

150 79 76

Radiant Orchid | 2014 Pantone Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-3224 TCX

Hex Code

AD5E99

RGB Code

173 94 153

Emerald | 2013 Pantone Color of the Year

Emerald Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-5641 TCX

Hex Code

009473

RGB Code

0 148 115

Tangerine Tango | 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

Tangerine Tango Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-1463 TCX

Hex Code

DD4124

RGB Code

221 65 36

Honeysuckle | 2011 Pantone Color of the Year

Honeysuckle Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-2120 TCX

Hex Code

D94F70

RGB Code

217 79 112

Turquoise | 2010 Pantone Color of the Year

Turquoise Color Codes

Pantone Code

15-5519 TCX

Hex Code

45B5AA

RGB Code

69 181 170

Mimosa | 2009 Pantone Color of the Year

Mimosa Color Codes

Pantone Code

14-0848 TCX

Hex Code

F0C05A

RGB Code

240 192 90

Blue Iris | 2008 Pantone Color of the Year

Blue Iris Color Codes

Pantone Code

18-3943 TCX

Hex Code

5A5B9F

RGB Code

90 91 159

Chili Pepper | 2007 Pantone Color of the Year

Chili Pepper Color Codes

Pantone Code

19-1557 TCX

Hex Code

9B1B30

RGB Code

155 27 48

Sand Dollar | 2006 Pantone Color of the Year

Sand Dollar Color Codes

Pantone Code

13-1106 TCX

Hex Code

DECDBE

RGB Code

222 205 190

Blue Turquoise | 2005 Pantone Color of the Year

Blue Turquoise Color Codes

Pantone Code

15-5217 TCX

Hex Code

53B0AE

RGB Code

83 176 174

Tigerlily | 2004 Pantone Color of the Year

Tigerlily Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-1456 TCX

Hex Code

E2583E

RGB Code

226 88 62

Aqua Sky | 2003 Pantone Color of the Year

Aqua Sky Color Codes

Pantone Code

14-4811 TCX

Hex Code

7BC4C4

RGB Code

123 196 196

True Red | 2002 Pantone Color of the Year

True Red Color Codes

Pantone Code

19-1664 TCX

Hex Code

BF1932

RGB Code

191 25 50

Fuchsia Rose | 2001 Pantone Color of the Year

Fuchsia Rose Color Codes

Pantone Code

17-2031 TCX

Hex Code

C74375

RGB Code

199 67 117

Cerulean | 2000 Pantone Color of the Year

Cerulean Color Codes

Pantone Code

15-4020 TCX

Hex Code

9BB7D4

RGB Code

155 183 212

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