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Pantone and Valspar Paint Launch New PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection Available Exclusively at Lowe's

New Collection Empowers Consumers to Design like the Pros, Confidently Selecting from 100 On-trend Pantone Colors

CARLSTADT, N.J., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pantone, an X-Rite company and a global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, and Valspar Paint®, a leader in the paint industry and the expert on helping people connect to the power in color, announce the PANTONE UNIVERSE™ Paint Collection by Valspar. Available exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide, this new paint collection helps customers choose paint colors with confidence by providing color options that evoke a range of emotions and moods.

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Bringing Pantone's color expertise, vision and design sense to the consumer, the PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection by Valspar features 100 on-trend hues ranging from classic neutrals to the latest brights. Design-savvy customers can experiment with color in their home and rest easy with Pantone's inspiring color palettes.

The collection also includes recent PANTONE® Color of the Year selections, including the 2013 Color of the Year, PANTONE Emerald, and the 2012 selection, PANTONE Tangerine Tango.

"We've long been recognized as a source of inspiration for designers, and now, with Valspar, we can provide consumers with the opportunity to infuse color in a simple, straightforward way in their homes," said Lisa Herbert, vice president of consumer licensing at Pantone. "The PANTONE UNIVERSE Paint Collection offers consumers a chance to have access to the latest color trends in interior design and fashion and to bring those color inspirations to life."

"We know color has the power to lift moods and transform a room. Together with Pantone, we merged our paint innovation and passion for color to create this unique collection of exclusive paint colors only available at Lowe's," said Kathy Andreas, marketing director at Valspar. "Our highest quality paint, Valspar Signature™, with Hi-DEF® Advanced Color, will bring these distinctive Pantone colors to life in consumers' homes. We know that our customer is passionate about color, and we offer tools and color assurance programs like the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee™ to make color selection easier."

Pricing & Availability
The PANTONE UNIVERSE colors, sold exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide, are available in Valspar Signature, the highest-quality interior paint with primer, for exceptional coverage and superior fade resistance. Valspar Signature comes in matte, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss finishes; the paint retails for $30.98 to $33.98 per gallon.

For more information, please visit www.lowes.com/paint or www.valsparpaint.com.

About Pantone
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world's color authority, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. This year, Pantone celebrates its 50th anniversary. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite's expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

About The Valspar Corporation
The Valspar Corporation is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry. For more information, visit www.valsparglobal.com.   

About the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee
Valspar is committed to helping everyone connect to the power in color and find the right color to transform any space. To deliver on this promise, Valspar offers the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee, a unique color assurance program. From now until Oct. 7, 2013, Valspar is offering a complimentary replacement color to anyone who does not absolutely love their first color choice. For additional details, eligibility requirements, offer terms and information on how to obtain a rebate through the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee, visit www.valsparpaint.com/en/love-your-color.

About Lowe's
With fiscal year 2012 sales of $50.5 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 100 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit www.lowes.com.

PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. © 2013. All rights reserved. Lowe's is a registered trademark of LF, LLC. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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