We all know that colors on monitors can vary widely. What may look like a plum in real life can take on any hue from lilac to bright purple on different monitors. It’s one of the reasons everyone loves Pantone numbers. They give a more consistent idea of the actual color of a fabric. Alas, Pantone stopped publishing the Shopping Guide several years back, and they have become as rare, and as valuable, as a South Sea Pearl necklace. Okay, well, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but since I didn’t win the half a billion Powerball jackpot, I can confess that I was going to buy myself one of those babies if I had.
Anyway, I digress. If you don’t have a Pantone Color Chart or Shopping Guide, not all is lost. You can enter the Pantone number(s) associated with the fabric in your Google search bar, and it will bring up information about the color in question.
It’s not as good as having the actual color chart in front of you, but it can give you some idea of the color. In the meantime, we can only hope that Pantone decides to publish the Shopping Guide again at some point.