Warm weather is just around the corner and spring is in the air!
Fluffy yellow chicks…
Delicate pink tulips…
Soft green sprouts poking through the ground…
And, of course, spring M&Ms!
Advertisers target our springtime emotions through pastel colors. Pastels have a calming effect, and everywhere you look companies are using them to feed our desire to feel a bit of spring.
Today we’ll take a look at the psychology of color, how marketers use this information to capture our attention, and Pantone’s influence on spring palettes.
Color in Marketing
Color is light and light is energy. Color can stimulate and excite us. It can make us feel happy, tranquil… or even depressed. We experience the psychological effects of color all day. It’s subconscious, yet effective.
In addition to identifying brands, colors can actually draw us to certain products. Marketers know this, and they use it to their benefit.
Studies show that red can actually increase our pulse, blood pressure and adrenaline, hence the red Nike swoosh. When combined with yellow, red can make us feel hungry. McDonald’s, anyone? Orange makes us feel happy and excited and is a great way to entice us to buy something. Yellow makes us think of sunshine and can be used to grab our attention in a comforting way.
Spring is the perfect time for marketers to target our emotions. You can’t help but feel happy. It’s a time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation.
Pastels are less saturated than primary colors, making them feel light, soft, and calming. For spring, they work well with neutral colors to create a feeling of earthiness and sophistication.
Pantone plays a major role in the way marketers design and implement their spring campaigns. Each year during New York Fashion Week, the company releases the PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which is a comprehensive overview of the way designers are using color in their upcoming collections.
This spring the focus is on cooler, softer, pale pastels and subtle warm tones to evoke our love our nature. This year’s palette, “En Plein Air,” intends to help us unplug from technology and step into a soothing escape from life’s everyday stressors.
Here are the beautiful colors Pantone has selected for this palette.
Keep your eyes open!
It will be exciting to watch how designers and marketers utilize these engaging, earthy pastels in their spring campaigns.
What will you buy without realizing you were influenced?