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Pantone Color Systems - Product

Easy as 1-2-3. Pantone has products to help you at every stage of the workflow, from color inspiration to color approval.

Do you design in home & housewares, consumer electronics, color cosmetics, toys, or other product design categories?

The Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System (FHI) is the right system for you.

Our 2,310 colors for product design are available in three materials: lacquered coating on paper, cotton textiles, and plastic.

AT THE HEART OF PRODUCT DESIGN IS PANTONE’S LACQUERED COATING…

Designed to show the appearance of color on product, lacquered coating is the tool for understanding the achievability of color and specifying color for paint, coatings, pigment, texile, and leather applications.

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ON THE GO

FHI Color Guide

This handy, take-along fan format makes it perfect for sample shopping, client meetings and on-site reviews. Chromatically arranged to enhance inspiration and speed production, it is your complete, comprehensive color library in a compact format.

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IN THE OFFICE

FHI Color Guide & Specifier Set

When you are in the office or at your desk, use the FHI Color Specifier and Guide Set. With removable chips, the Color Specifier allows you to experiment with color palettes, build mood boards, and provide production partners with the exact color for your product.

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Or match to other materials…

WORKING in textiles?

When designing in textiles, use cotton! With the same 2,310 colors as our lacquered coating products, cotton colors are made with globally available dyestuffs formulated for color fastness and color constancy. All colors on cotton are supported by spectral data, so you can be confident your final product will match your vision.

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WORKING in plastics?

Our top-selling FHI colors are also available as plastic standards. Large enough to be digitally measured, each Plastic Standard Chip demonstrates matte and glossy finishes and a number of thicknesses.

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See how designers use Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors

“I love that Pantone has colors in multiple materials. The fact that you can match to coatings to plastics - that helps a lot.”

– Product Designer, Global Consumer Tech Brand

“Pantone is the default standard. I don't need to recommend it any more than I need to recommend Adobe products for graphic design.”

– Director, Product Design Agency

“Pantone Color Standards guarantee all parties are on the same page and that's invaluable.”

– Head of Product Development, Gaming Company

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do you select the colors for the FHI system?
In today’s complex and challenging marketplace, color is often that catalyst that sparks the sale, defines the space, and creates the mood. We select colors for the FHI system based on three important and distinct criteria. First, our global team of color trend forecasters look at the movement of color trends to ensure your palettes are fresh, modern, and relevant. Of course, we also understand the importance of core colors and the integral role they play in building your seasonal color stories. Therefore, we look at the color needs of the industries we serve and those we would like to better impact to ensure a comprehensive set of core and trend shades. Lastly, we only select colors that are easily achievable and reproducible, for greater usability and efficiency.
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How is Pantone's lacquer coating on paper produced?
Our FHI paper products use a nitrocellulose coating on paper developed through a pigment formulation. New colors are matched against the Pantone SMART Swatch cotton standard for color consistency. Colors are visually evaluated and also measured using a 45 degree viewing angle under controlled lighting.
3
Can the Textile Paper Guide (TPG) be used for textile applications?
To ensure the closest visual match, we recommend using the material format that is closest to your end use application. We recommend our textile cotton products (TCX) for all fabric applications. Because each material takes color differently, the same color in cotton, plastic, and on lacquered paper can vary slightly.
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When do I use the lacquered coating vs plastics?
Use lacquered coating for product applications that require a coated finish or are developed with colored pigments. Use plastics for applications using plastic materials. For example, a metal zipper painted red would use the lacquered coating, whereas a red plastic zipper would use the plastics standard.
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How does the naming convention work for FHI colors?
Each FHI System color has a unique name and number, such as in 15-1247 Tangerine. That color is then differentiated across materials through a unique suffix. For lacquered coatings, the color would be noted as 15-1247 TPG Tangerine. For cotton, it would be noted as 15-1247 TCX Tangerine. And, for plastics, it would be noted as PQ 15-1247 TCX Tangerine. For lacquered coating, the suffix TPG stands for ‘Textile Paper Green’. This suffix replaced the TPX system in 2015 by reformulating the colors to meet international environmental standards. If you are still using the TPX system, it is time to upgrade to TPG system.
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Why should you update your Pantone Guides & Books?
Over time, paper will yellow and inks & dyes will fade. Handling, light, humidity, and oil will cause colors to become inaccurate. Plus, you could be missing the latest market and trend driven colors.

Product Design Workflow

Beyond our color system, we have tools for every stage of the workflow, from inspiration to creation. Want to know where color direction is going? Check out the View Home & Interiors. Need to see color in the right light? Check out Pantone Lightbooths. This diagram highlights the top tools from Pantone to help make your colors a hit.

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