Highlight: Kona Color of the Year

on Dec 29, 2015 in Inspiration | 27 comments

 

A photo posted by robertkaufman (@robertkaufman) on


After two weeks of anticipation, Robert Kaufman announced their color of the year yesterday. It’s a bright, sunny, “unabashedly” yellow called Highlight. They posted it on their blog and instagram and they’ve also included a lookbook with several quilts made up featuring the new color. My reaction upon opening the image went something like this… what? yellow? huh. I like it!

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Pantone choosing a Rose Quartz and Serentity (a soft pink and blue) as their colors of the year. Pantone is the industry standard. They study trends and set color standards for fashion, home decor, and influence many of the products we see in stores. The thing is, their color choices aren’t always fabric friendly as far as sewing and quilting goes. I’m looking at your Marsala of 2015! Paint company Benjamin Moore chose Simply White as their color of the year, “an elegant, refined pure color that goes with everything.” Well yes, that’s true, white does go with everything. What I like about Robert Kaufman’s choice is it’s coming from within our own industry. Yes, it pushes us beyond the colors we have been using, but isn’t that kind of he point? Aren’t we ready for something fresh and new to play with? I know I am.

Not long after I saw the announcement and kind of let that crazy bright yellow sink in. My brain started to wander around it. I was thinking about if I had seen that color in anything I liked recently, what I might pair it with and what I might make with it. My daughter (who probably has more current fashion color represented in her clothing than I do!) has this cute pajama shirt from Carters. You can see that bright yellow color mixed with soft girly pastels and a navy to ground everything.

I like to play with color a lot. It’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes it becomes something and sometimes it doesn’t. I use a design program on my computer, but you can also use paints, pens, whatever you have available. The point is to mix it up and have fun. You never know where creative play will lead. Here are some of the color palettes I came up with using Highlight as a starting point.

Something Springy?

 

How about with neutrals with a hit of cool ballerina pink?

 

Can olive be a neutral?

 

Let’s go bright!

 

And one last one, a sunny day with barely a cloud in the sky. I think this one might be my favorite.

 

Kona Highlight is a special edition color and it’s arriving at your local quilt shops right now. I’m so curious what you think of Robert Kaufman’s color of the year! Love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to use it???

* If you are a shop that has it, send me a note and we’ll make a list and help spread the word.

-Adrianne

 

LINKS

FIND PINK CHALK ONLINE : INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST

    27 Comments

  1. In the midst of the cold gray Seattle winter, I can appreciate how bright that yellow is, but I don’t think I will be buying it. I could maybe work it into a design in really small amounts, but there are other yellows that I like better. (But I do like it better than those Pantone colors!)

    View Comment
    tfq

    December 29, 2015

    • As someone who once painted her bedroom yellow, I can appreciate getting just the right yellow for a project. : )

      View Comment
      Adrianne

      December 30, 2015

  2. This is awesome. I had been playing with yellow and various prints for a(nother) new quilt for weeks in the back of mind. In my mind, the palette was tending toward your ‘olive as a neutral’ scheme. How interesting!

    View Comment
    Kate O

    December 30, 2015

    • Very interesting! I noticed Elizabeth Hartman used olive greens in her quilt in the lookbook. There is something about this shade of yellow that pairs really well with the greens.

      View Comment
      Adrianne

      December 30, 2015

  3. I like it. It’s bright, optimistic, and warm. You won’t believe it, but we are cold here in Santa Cruz, CA! I guess it’s all relative.

    Do you use colourlovers? I’m interested because my cousin started it.

    I think Pantone really missed the color boat this year!

    View Comment
    Jan Sturtevant

    December 30, 2015

    • I was just in Santa Cruz over the holidays and it was chilly! I made these palettes using Adobe Illustrator.

      View Comment
      Adrianne

      December 30, 2015

  4. Yellow is a tricky one…..but it can be just what’s needed in a quilt sometimes to add that spark of life…..also have to remember to add more than one patch of yellow to really make the quilt sing. I like the colour and find I’m using it more and more. Love the combos above.

    View Comment
    Judy D

    December 30, 2015

  5. Love yellow, it’s one of my favorite colors and the background for my favorite scrappy quilt that I made a couple years ago. I’ll be anxious to see it in person.

    View Comment
    Jo Ann Moulds

    December 30, 2015

  6. I love yellow and I really love the combinations you created for Highlight. Welcome!

    View Comment
    sue

    December 30, 2015

  7. I love that yellow, kind of a lemon gelato! It actually looks pretty good with the Pantone and Benjamin Moore colours, and I love your palettes. Especially the final one 🙂

    View Comment
    Lizzie

    December 30, 2015

  8. Moda is coming out with Sunshine in 2016 and I will buy that. Maybe I could use that bright yellow as the binding. I wouldn’t use it alone, but I do like it with your first set with that blue.

    View Comment
    Judy Blinkenberg

    December 30, 2015

  9. Looks like a great color for baby quilts. It’s full of energy, but might be too bright for some patterns? It probably works better as a highlight than a main color.

    View Comment
    Sarah

    December 30, 2015

  10. I like how you’ve paired it with the neutrals. I’d probably use it in that combination. I’m not a huge fan of yellow so I will be interested to see how people incorporate this into their sewing.

    View Comment
    Janet

    December 30, 2015

  11. I love this post! I want to push boundaries in my quilting, and color is my favorite element of quilting. I want to mix fabric lines better–not rely on lines of fabric to dictate where I go with my quilts. I love where you are going with the different schemes. It gives me lots of ideas! Please do more posts like this!

    View Comment
    Molly

    December 30, 2015

  12. Yellow is the only color that can be light yet still bright. Pastels just don’t have enough ummph! Can’t live (or create) without it!

    View Comment
    Ellen

    December 30, 2015

  13. I really like the bright palette you showed above. The navy tones it down beautifully to me

    View Comment
    DianeY

    December 30, 2015

  14. So nice to see Pink Chalk up and running again ……. I made my first ever online purchase from Pink Chalk so very many years ago ….. It was such a good and positive experience that I haven’t stopped shopping on line ….. LoL!! …. It’s the story of my life now ?

    Love the new Kona color for 2016 ……. Yellow has always been my favourite so will enjoy ……. Yellow is such a happy colour.

    View Comment
    Barbara

    December 30, 2015

  15. It might have been two weeks for you but I ordered the fabric 6 months ago. I got three bolts of it and sold 1 1/2 the first day… I love it and think it is so much fun!

    View Comment
    Julie

    December 31, 2015

  16. What a wonderful color to kick off the New Year! I see lots of possibilities of working with that fabulous yellow!

    View Comment
    Kerry

    December 31, 2015

  17. hate all of the chosen colors this year. don’t work for me at all….

    View Comment
    Liz

    December 31, 2015

  18. I’ve used a super-bright yellow paired with light and dark tan and it worked really well. I am enjoying seeing all the other variations folks are coming up with. I really like your first mosaic, based on your daughter’s PJs….I think the navy is a winner with this one!
    The Pantone colours …. nope. I just can’t get into them. They remind me of nail polish colours from the 80s. Shudder.
    It’s so lovely to see Pink Chalk back again. I really loved Kathy’s work and was delighted to see someone take reins. I’m sure Pink Chalk v2.0 will be just as wonderful.

    View Comment
    Kirsty@Bonjour

    January 2, 2016

  19. I like the idea of a kona color of the year! Their yellow is more inspiring than Pantone’ s baby pink & blue. Can’t wait to see Highlight in a store! Happy New Year & best of luck in your new venture!

    View Comment
    Ellen P

    January 2, 2016

  20. Yellow….well it isn’t something I generally work with…although I do have a special 9 year old girl in my life that enjoys it immensely…and thus I have worked with Yellow for her. I wouldn’t mind seeing the “Highlight” but I am not running out to get it. lol. Well it is always fun to see what other people will create with it !

    View Comment
    Debra H

    January 5, 2016

  21. A great series of color combinations. Now all we need are some really great patterns to go with the colors.

    View Comment
    Nadine Medlin

    February 15, 2016

  22. I LOVE THIS YELLOW! After a blizzard (with almost 30 inches of snow) and 0 degree temperature yesterday–the Kona color of the year raises my emotions from the doldrums of winter! Truly emotionally uplifting?

    View Comment
    Lorraine

    February 15, 2016

  23. I’m seeing a lot of yellow with gray for nurseries and bedrooms. Sunshine in a cloudy day?

    View Comment
    Kathi

    February 16, 2016

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *