Spring Color Play

Pantone’s hues of choice for 2017

When (and if!) you get a break from your holiday event planning, we’ve got a new task for you: Think spring! It’s never too soon—and it’ll be here before you know it. But don’t worry, you don’t need to nail down every detail of your spring meetings quite yet. To get an idea for décor, look to the color experts at Pantone, who just released their latest color predictions for the new season. Complete with bright, happy shades of blue and green, yellow and pink, and with some calming neutrals, there’s a lot to work with for your next event. Here are the colors, and, from our Inspiration Gallery, how to use them.

Primrose Yellow

From Pantone, Primrose Yellow “sparkles with heat and vitality, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.” Incorporate pops of this sunny shade in your Network and Celebrate meetings, in floral centerpieces or at a refreshment station as this example shows. 

Pale Dogwood

A fabulous neutral, Pale Dogwood is “a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity,” according to Pantone. The tranquil pink would be a welcome addition to any boardroom setting, for your Decide or Produce meetings. Or, pair with brighter colors for a chic celebratory setup. 


The other key neutral for spring, Hazelnut’s earthy hue is “unpretentious and with an inherent warmth. A transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons,” according to Pantone. Use it as the anchor to your table décor—in linens, flowerpots, candles—and let other, brighter colors play off of its relaxed presence, or go with other soft neutrals for an elegant style.

Island Paradise

With a name like Island Paradise, how could this shade of blue not inspire your tropical-themed decor? According to Pantone, this aqua hue “calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.” Use it in an outdoor setting, or, if the spring weather is still too temperamental, dream up an island getaway without leaving the ballroom. 


With a name that’s synonymous with décor, Pantone’s Greenery is “a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent.” Ideal for any meeting purpose, fill your room with, well, greenery.  


As Pantone explains, the red-orange Flame is “gregarious and fun-loving, flamboyant and vivacious.” Use it to drum up energy in your Produce meetings, and to propel the celebratory aura of your Celebrate events. 

Pink Yarrow

“Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes,” Pantone said of this bright hue. Also said to get the adrenaline going, we see this as the perfect shade to cater to a Network event. Use it everywhere! 


Pantone’s most prevalent color for spring 2017, Niagara leads the pack as a “classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.” Use the dependable shade in your Decide meetings to create a comforting atmosphere, or create a lounge-like atmosphere as pictured to encourage easy networking. 


Synonymous with health, Kale’s foliage-based hue energizes as much as it eases. Pantone sees the shade as “the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette,” so try using it as your neutral base for a bright, invigorating setup.  

Lapis Blue

The energizing Lapis Blue is a must for your Decide, Produce and Ideate meetings. Put simply by Pantone: “Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.” Incorporate it into the boardroom table’s style, or combine with other shades of blue for a cohesive room look.