Pantone for the Product Design Workflow

If you’re working in design for home & housewares, consumer electronics, colour cosmetics, toys, the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) is the right system for you.

Pantone’s 2,534 colours for product design are available in three materials: lacquered coating on paper, cotton textiles, and plastic. To ensure the closest visual match, we recommend using the material format that is closest to your end-use application.

At the heart of product design is Pantone’s lacquered coating. Designed to show the appearance of colour on a product, the lacquered coating is the tool for understanding the achievability of colour and specifying colour for paint, coatings, pigment, textile, and leather applications. Whether you’re on the go or in the office, Pantone’s FHI Color guides are available in both a fan format and removable chip book format.

If you’re working in textiles, then use cotton! Cotton colours are made with globally available dyestuffs formulated for colour fastness and colour constancy and feature the same 2,534 colours as the lacquered coating products.

Colour in the textile design workflow

1. Get inspired

Colour references – Find a colour that speaks to you!

Pantone gives you the ability to achieve consistent colour across multiple materials so you can select colours for your project with confidence. The FHI Color Guide comes in a handy fan format, making it perfect for sample shopping, client meetings, or on-site reviews. It is your complete, comprehensive colour library in a compact format.

Capsure – Save colours for later!

Sometimes you unexpectedly find the perfect colour during your day-to-day life. Pantone Capsure device can help you accurately measure and save colours that inspire you.

Turn your phone into a colour matching tool!

The new Pantone Color Match Card works with your phone’s camera to measure and match coloured objects, materials and surfaces to their closest Pantone Color equivalents.

2. Start creating

Pantone Connect – The platform for matching, creating, and designing with Pantone Color palettes

Pantone Connect is a new powerful platform that lets designers access Pantone Color Libraries, colour values, and navigation tools, anywhere they work with colour.

Monitor Calibration –
because your eyes can deceive you

Calibration tools allow you to view colour with confidence, on your screen, your projector, and your prints. We recommend you use Calibrite calibration tools.

Palette development tools – Play with colour to develop the perfect palette

Individual and removable-format chips in cotton, coating and plastics let you work directly with your palettes and attach to mood boards. When you are in the office or at your desk, use the FHI Color Specifier and Guide Set to provide production partners with the exact colour for your product.

Working with skin tones – Pantone has just the right tool for you!

110 Skin tone shades for inspiration and colour standard matching – the Pantone SkinTone guide was created by scientifically measuring thousands of actual skin tones across the full spectrum of human
skin types.


Sample approval tools – Does your product match your specified colours?

Lighting indicator stickers and viewing booths ensure you’re always evaluating under proper conditions.

Using your Pantone colour products for your final sample approval can ensure your product perfectly matches your vision.

Lighting evaluation – How can you be sure you’re seeing your colour in the right light?

Lighting indicator stickers and viewing booths ensure you’re always evaluating under proper conditions.

When comparing colour during your product and print development projects, be sure to evaluate under the light source for the intended final production.