Pantone Colour Report for Spring 2017

written by


Pantone Colour Report 2017Can you believe how fast this year has gone? We are already at that time of year when Pantone releases their top 10 colours for the forthcoming Spring/Summer season. I always love this report because it is the first in a long line up of things that lead up to my Xmas countdown. It probably feels quite hard to think about Spring right now as we are fast heading into Winter. Of course our Australian and New Zealand campuses are at the opposite end of the spectrum and are themselves already in Spring heading into Summer.
The collection this year is quite a vibrant one but has been cleverly mixed with some more relaxing palettes that give designers and stylists a great range of colours to choose from. To really see how these colours could be used within the design of a wedding or event we find that an inspiration board is the best tool. As part of our course materials at the Academy we always feature each of the 10 colours and go into detail about how these can be incorporated into a design. Last year we thought it would be fun to get the boards themselves designed by our students to give them a chance to hone their design skills and show off their talent. It was a roaring success and we had some amazing entries. The final result was judged by our friend and Advisory Board member, Sara Burnett of Burnett’s Boards.
Due to popular demand we have decided to run the competition again with the 2017 colours. So its time to show us your creativity and see if you can get your board featured not only in the course material, but also on the Academy blog and acorss our social media channels.
Here’s the deal. Pick the colour you’d like to feature, more if you’re game as there is no limit to the amount of boards you can create, and design a board around that colour using the instructions below. Your choice of colours can be found here in the official Pantone announcement.
There are a few simple rules to follow:

  • Only one Pantone colour per board 
  • You must include a swatch of the Pantone Colour as one of the images in the board 
  • For uniformity we do request that you use Fotor, an online collage creator. Students we have an Academy account with Fotor that you can use to design your board without any restrictions. Please email [email protected] for the details.
  • All images must be credited – Format to be used: Image Credit: PHOTOGRAPHER/ BUSINESS NAME found via WEBSITE. (For more on the subject read this blog post from Rock N Roll Bride’s Green Room) If in doubt do a Google Image Search and paste in the URL. This will bring up everywhere the image has been used online. We also created a video last year on Finding Images for your Business, which you may also find helpful as it goes into the copyright implications.

We will be announcing the Guest Judge over the next few days so stay tuned to find out who will be viewing your work.

  • Go to 
  • Choose the Collage option. In the left hand column there are options to choose how many images you want to use. 
  • Please choose the 8+ option and choose one similar to that used in the mood board example below. 
  • Once your images have all been uploaded you will need to choose the Text option from the left hand column to add the word Pantone and the name of the colour. 
  • Below are the font details required: 
    • Font – Rocksalt 
    • Font Size – 35 
    • Letter Spacing – 2 
    • Collage Size – 1050 X 768 
  • Save your Design and Export as a jpg to your computer and share with us on Facebook either through one of the Academy Facebook, Australia, UK, Arabia, New Zealand, North America, pages or through the Academy LIVE Facebook Group. (Academy LIVE is for students only as it is a private Group)

On October 14th we will announce the three finalists for each colour with the final winners being announed on October 19th. So what are you waiting for? Get designing and submit your boards. Remember, if you want to submit more than one board for the same colour you can do that too. There are no restrictions on how many boards you enter or how many boards you create featuring the same colour. Good luck and your time starts now!
Emily Morgan - Lilac Gray


Our Friends

Aisle Planner Logo
Give the gift of choice
Shop Bride and Bridesmaid Robes at Kennedy Blue!
Thoughtful Gift Baskets from Baskits

David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.