Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Kale, Hazelnut [Part 5 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Kale and Hazelnut Take Us Back to Nature

In the end, it’s all about natural balance. The first 4 parts of our 5-part series on the wonderful Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette brought a bit of everything – from punches of pink, orange and yellow to bright greens and blues. Whether cool or warm, 8 of the 10 Spring 2017 Pantone colors are full of vibrant optimism and life.

Our final two featured colors bring the entire Pantone Spring 2017 color series together. Branching from the “return to nature” theme indicated by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, our final two featured colors bring natural shades into the palette and balance it perfectly.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.

Kale (18-0107 TCX) isn’t just for the salad course anymore. From architectural design to wardrobe, home design to garden design, the kale craze has officially resonated with Pantone for Spring 2017. And the search for the perfect neutral to balance the Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette ends with Hazelnut (14-1315 TCX), a warm taupe that pairs well with virtually any color of the season.

If this is your first look at our 5-part Pantone Spring 2017 series, here is the full list of Spring 2017 Pantone colors, along with their TCX designations and the order in which we will feature them:

Let’s take a look at both colors individually in the final installment of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Kale: A Dark, Leafy Green Full of Design Value

As a darker shade of green, Kale has to be explored to be appreciated. At first glance, it appears to be a drab green-gray – don’t make that mistake. Kale expresses a natural beauty found in plants, forests and gardens. Just as dark green vegetation signals an abundance of nutrients, the dark green of Kale signals a rich variety of design opportunities.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Using Kale in your home design is a great way to bring a natural feel into where you live. If you don’t want to work with neutrals, Kale is a great substitute to pair against many of the brighter colors of Spring 2017 (Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood and others). It also signals an invitation to bring more plant life into your home, in the form of mosses, ferns and hanging plants.

Hazelnut: The Warm, Nutty Neutral That Balances Spring 2017

While other colors may be more “exciting” in the Spring 2017 collection, none of them pair universally quite like Hazelnut. This “nutty neutral” is an astute selection by Pantone, as its innate warmth works far better with the bright shades of Spring 2017 than most others. From a broader perspective, Hazelnut also continues the trend of intriguing neutrals in design that began late in 2016.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

Put Hazelnut virtually anywhere in your home design. That’s not an overstatement. Neutrals aren’t relegated to a secondary role in home color design anymore, and the natural feel of this shade works beautifully on anything from wall paint to furniture, throws and rugs to bath tile. Sprinkle in some pops of bold, natural color, and you’re guaranteed a custom kitchen or bath design that will last.

Of all the Pantone Spring 2017 colors, Hazelnut has the best chance of creating a lasting effect in wardrobe design. After all, a warm neutral pairs with virtually any color scheme. The reason Hazelnut stands above past Pantone neutral selections (Warm Taupe, Iced Coffee, etc.) is its versatility – the ability to be warm while sitting in the background as a secondary color.

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