pantone fall 2013 color report

Pantone Fall 2013 colors It seems like yesterday that Pantone announced its color of the year for 2013 (emerald) and I was up all night creating a ton of emerald inspiration boards! The new fashion forecast for fall 2013 is a brilliant one, but there are three stand out colors that are already infiltrating wedding everywhere: vivacious, koi, and carafe.

pantone vivaciousPantone vivacious wedding inspiration board

This Pantone vivacious wedding inspiration board is definitely my favorite of the three. This luxurious hue combines carmine with gorgeous purple undertones and is absolutely perfect for a late fall or winter wedding. There is a certain sensuality to this color that I adore and it is perfect not only as a lip color, but in your hair and wedding flowers. For a vivacious wedding combine this vibrant color with neutrals and golds to really let it shine!

pantone koipantone koi wedding inspiration

Pantone’s koi is another fabulous color that I just can’t get enough of (we all know I’ve got a thing for orange). Similar to last year’s tangerine tango, this color is described as a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities. It serves as a statement color and is definitely for a bold, fashion forward bride! Koi is a warm ‘pick-me-up’ color so it looks fabulous when balanced with shades of blue, aqua, and teal. Orange + aqua has been one of my favorite color pairings for weddings for a long time now and works well with both a bold orange and lighter orange.

pantone carafe brown barn wedding inspiration

While brown isn’t the first color most brides choose for their weddings, it can be a beautiful one. Pantone’s carafe can go glamorous and be a great alternative to a black and white wedding, or it can go rustic like this wedding inspiration board. If your heart is set on a barn wedding, mix carafe with ivory and neutral hues and look for unique touches like pine cone bouquets and brown feather boutonnieres. This will draw in all the beautiful and different shades of brown and give your wedding a unique twist!

So, which Pantone Fall 2012 Color is your favorite?

If you’re still pining for Pantone’s 2012 colors you can see them all here.


photo credits: pantone vivacious: Vivienne Westwood shoes via Wedding Chicks, photographed by Hugh Forte // pink and red flowers from Santa Barbara Chic, photographed by Beaux Arts Photographie // bowl of berries via Southern Weddings, photographed by Patricia Lyons Photography // bride via Grey Likes Weddings, photographed by Tonya Joy // place setting from Inspired by This, photographed by Jose Villa // fig cake from Green Kitchen Stories // crushed raspberry cocktail from Design You Trust, photographed by Iain Bagwell.

pantone koi: orange dress worn by Gaye McDonald, photographed by Pieter Henket // earrings via Roots and Feathers on Etsy // cake from The Scootabaker // grapefruit margarita from Sweet Life Bake // orange place setting via Brides, photographed by Sangan Photography // blood orange sorbet via Yummly.

pantone carafe: boots with ring photographed by Amber Phinisee Photography // pinecone bouquets via Rustic Wedding Chic, designed by Honey of a Thousand Flowers, photographed by Kate Osborne // feather boutonnieres from Offbeat Bride, photographed by Nancy Neil // Nutella crunch via Bakers Royale // bottle escort cards from Ritzy Bee, photographed by Steve Steinhardt // barn reception via Yes Bride, photographed by Sarah Yates // cinnamon bun pops via Artisan Bread in Five.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Your Pantone boards are my favorite!!! That Koi board is spectacular! Wow times a million!

  2. I’m absolutely loving these colors! Awesome boards!

  3. Oh Sara – you’ve done it again!!! These pantone boards are just spectacular. I’m a HUGE fan of the vivacious one – but loving the Koi and Carafe as well for fall.

  4. I have to say that the Pantone Boards are my favorite too!

  5. GORGEOUS!!!

  6. Oh gorgeous!!! My favorite is the Koi: maximum impact, that dress image is ah-mazing!

  7. Absolutely stunning ~ I LOVE the Vivacious board!

  8. Adore them all….but the Vivacious may be my fave 🙂 (I don’t know how you pull together such a-maz-ing boards so quickly?!)

  9. Fabulous boards! The Carafe is my fav!

  10. Oh my, these three boards just ooze gorgeousness. The first one is my favourite too.

  11. Darling you nailed these boards. Gorgeous!