The Pantone company is an international organization (though based in the U.S.) that defines colors so that they can be reproduced exactly for printing and industrial uses. Since 2000, the company has chosen a “color of the year”. The 2018 color, announced this past week, is “ultraviolet”. Here is the picture of it from their press release. You can read the whole press release here.
Pantone publishes many color references, and I have one of their books of suggested color combinations. I love looking at it, but in reality I choose my color combinations based on what looks good to me. The book is fun anyway, and certainly I could use it if I ever get “stuck” on finding a color scheme. You can see information on my book and look at some of Pantone’s other resources here.
I’m sure many of you are well familiar with the Pantone color system. If you aren’t, browse their website just for fun. And keep an eye out. I’m always interested to see which industries seem influenced by the Pantone color of the year and which do not. Will we see an immediate increase in the availability of purple fabric?