Great Tool from PANTONE, matching colour to pantone references.

We at the Umbrella Workshop, love colour.

We live and breathe it each day. We have our favourite colours, our troublesome colours and colours we think should not come out to play.

Pantone book image

PANTONE is the absolute resource for designers , clients and printers and manufacturers to speak in the same language of colour.

As the Inuit tribes of the north pole have 200 different names for snow, so we have for colour.

I would like a sky blue umbrella please

Take a blue for example, clients often ask for a sky blue umbrella canopy.  When we look out the window from our offices in BATH,  usually the sky is far from blue, its kind of bluey grey, with a Turner-esqe touch of red…. This isn’t very helpful is it… so that where the people of PANTONE come in. They catorgorise colours to a ref. such as 2975C Sky Blue.

Wohee – this is great, well sort of . colour changes depending on the situation.

Things that affect colour.

  • Ambient light source, where is the light coming from.
  • Type of lighting e.g. sun light / office lights.
  • Substate of material. PANTONE use both Coat (C) and Uncoated (U) References when describing colour, as colour subtly changes.
  • Transparency of the material.

Tools for selecting colour or color as our American brethren say.

Pantone have a number of great tools from transferring colour from.

The obvious one is the Pantone books, quite expensive is you only occasionally use colour, and the full set will set you back .


A full set of Pantone guides will  set you back £450 ($700). You can buy PANTONE books second hand through sources such as Ebay and Amazon. But be aware that colours do fade on the books and they get pretty battered when being used at a printers or a studio.

Colour and Pantone on the IPhone and IOS

There are a number of great tools which allows the easy match of colours from different Pantone books such as form C to U or vise versa.

IOS pantone matching software


You can get this get access to this at the PANTONE mothership.

The Beauty of C

The original intention of this post was to explain that we only work in Pantone Coated references.

So when you want an umbrella to be Pantone Matched , please let us know the closest Pantone Coated reference, often referred to PMS C.

You can find details of our Pantone Book and Stock fabrics and their pantone colours. on our design section of the website.