Pantone Announces 56 New Colors

CARLSTADT, N.J.– Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today began shipping PANTONE COLOR INSPIRATION/2007, a limited edition guide of the latest trend colors, featuring 56 all-new spot colors for graphic designers, brand managers, ad agencies and printers. PANTONE COLOR INSPIRATION/ 2007 is available, at no additional cost, with PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE or PANTONE ESSENTIALS purchases.

PANTONE COLOR INSPIRATION/2007 is based on Pantone’s annual forecast for the home furnishings industry, PANTONE VIEW Home 2007. The 56 new spot colors were specially formulated for offset printing and are divided into eight distinct color palettes of seven colors each. Ink mixing formulas and RGB data for repurposing on the Web are provided for each color.

“Graphic designers draw upon a variety of industries for inspiration and color trend information, and home is an area of major influence,” said Doris Brown, vice president of marketing for Pantone, Inc. “For years, Pantone has provided the home furnishings industry with the trend-setting color palettes for their market. Now, for the first time, we are extending this expertise to the graphic design community, and offering 56 new colors for offset printing, directly from our forecast service, to further enhance creativity in the graphics industry.”

The eight color palettes featured in PANTONE COLOR INSPIRATION/2007 are Simply Elegant, Classic Chic, Lumens, Mélange, Aux Naturale, Grass Roots, Fresh Air and Light Touch.

The bundle also includes PANTONE COLORIST software. COLORIST provides access to a Web-based version of the COLOR INSPIRATION/2007 guide, with CMYK values for the 56 new colors that are viewable in RGB, as well as expanded imagery for each of the eight palettes. Additionally, COLORIST allows Web authors and graphic designers to select PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors from within popular applications that don’t already incorporate solid PANTONE Libraries.


The PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE has been an essential tool for graphic designers, pre-press professionals and printers for four decades. Today’s converging workflows make color management more challenging than ever. The FORMULA GUIDE provides a consistent method for selecting and matching solid PANTONE Colors. Its simple fan deck design serves as a convenient and portable color reference library that can accompany the designer to client presentations or on press runs. The guides are available in two-book (coated and uncoated) and three-book (coated, uncoated and matte) sets.


The PANTONE ESSENTIALS kit gives designers and printers the tools needed to identify and communicate color options for use on press runs to ensure accurate color reproduction. PANTONE ESSENTIALS includes six products: the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE (coated, uncoated and matte), the PANTONE 4-COLOR PROCESS guide (uncoated and coated), and the PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE® guide (coated).

Together, the set includes 1,114 solid PANTONE Colors in the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE, over 3,000 chromatically arranged CMYK color combinations in the PANTONE 4-COLOR PROCESS guide, and 1,089 PANTONE Colors alongside their closest four-color process match in PANTONE COLOR BRIDGE – for more than 5,000 color effects. All six guides come packaged in a convenient, protective carrying case.

Pricing and Availability

For a limited time, PANTONE COLOR INSPIRATION/2007 and PANTONE COLORIST will be bundled at no additional cost with PANTONE FORMULA GUIDES and PANTONE ESSENTIALS. The PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE is available for $92 for the two-book set (coated and uncoated) and $125 for the three-book set (coated, uncoated and matte). PANTONE ESSENTIALS is a six-guide set priced at $299. All can be purchased from Pantone’s Web site at

About Pantone, Inc.

Pantone, Inc. has been the world’s color authority for more than 40 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at