Top 5 ‘London’ Shades from Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report

Top 5 ‘London’ Shades from Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report

The Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report is split into 2 series: the New York Collection, which we profiled in an earlier column, and the London Collection. With 19 colors (one repeat between the 2 collections) between the New York and London Pantone series, there is a wide variety of options from which to draw design inspiration in the upcoming season.

The reason for the 2 separate collections is the “individuality” noted by Pantone experts in the New York and London Fashion Week color palettes, respectively. As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, notes on their website:

“[I]ndividuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”

So what sets the London Color Report apart from New York? Pantone notes a distinct blend of “strong classics” and “unpredictable shades” in their Fall 2017 London collection.

Some of the London shades closely mirror those in the New York collection (compare Flame Scarlet and Grenadine, Toast and Butterum, and Primrose Pink and Ballet Slipper), while others step apart entirely. As with the New York series, we enjoy the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report for its reliance on some great brown-based neutrals and a handful of strong warm tones.

The London collection sits a bit closer to overall 2017 color trends, including natural greens and a pretty intriguing metallic tone (more on that later). There’s also one strong tone that appears in both the London and New York Pantone collections.

Out of the 10 colors featured in the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report, we’ve narrowed the field to our 5 favorite shades. Our selections are based on colors which exhibit versatility and lend themselves well to home design, particularly kitchen and bath design.

Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report: Our 5 Favorites

1. Navy Peony

How could we not lead with the most popular, sturdy and versatile color of Fall 2017? Navy Peony is an anchor shade in both the New York and London Pantone color reports for the autumn of 2017. Navy Peony has the ability to operate as a featured color and a neutral, offering a great option if you’re tired of browns, whites and off-whites in your design arsenal.

Pantone Navy Peony: Fall 2017 London

2. Otter

We’re really into Otter Brown, a grayish-brown neutral with a ton of possibilities. Otter is a great secondary color design option to offset a bright shade in your design, or an intriguing woodsy option for flooring, counter space, or even an accent wall in a natural-themed room.

Pantone Otter: Fall 2017 London

3. Copper Tan

Copper is one of our favorite feature metallic shades in 2017 design trends, and Copper Tan stood out to us immediately as an intriguing way to present a “metallic tone” in pure color. This warm, brassy reddish-brown is lighter than most tones in its family and can be used to great effect as a featured color – either in accessories or main design elements.

Pantone Copper Tan: Fall 2017 London

4. Royal Lilac

A stately and timeless shade of purple, Royal Lilac is perfect for Fall 2017 designers who want a touch of reliability in their design scheme. From accent walls to tile, decor to furniture, Royal Lilac is a great color that manages to beautifully bridge the gap between eye-popping and relaxing.

Pantone Royal Lilac: Fall 2017 London

5. Lemon Curry

Easily our most audacious choice from the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Series, Lemon Curry is a take-no-prisoners hue that borrows from the “natural” trend in 2017 color design. Unlike Greenery or Golden Lime, however, Lemon Curry is an unyielding mustard color that draws the eye without being overly garish. Try it as a secondary color in your kitchen design!

Pantone Lemon Curry: Fall 2017 London

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day: Join In!

August 17th is National Nonprofits’ Day in the United States. It’s a day when individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to find, support, donate to and raise awareness for nonprofit organizations that resonate with them.

The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.
The 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk logo.

Nonprofit organizations don’t just raise funds and awareness for worthy causes; they are a vital part of the American economy. According to Johns Hopkins and Tactical Philanthrophy Reports, the nonprofit sector provided 5.4% of the entire U.S. GDP in 2012 – a figure that rounds out to $887.3 billion dollars.

The primary goals of nonprofits are, of course, altruism, research and awareness. Each of us has been positively impacted by a nonprofit in some way during our lives, whether directly or to the benefit of friends or family. National Nonprofits’ Day is the perfect opportunity to “jumpstart” your altruistic side and support a nonprofit that means something special to you or your business.

Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno at the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

For our parent company Peter Salerno Inc., that support manifests itself every year in the form of the Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk. The walk occurs in Lavallette, New Jersey, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Tone Foundation and the Lavallette Municipal Alliance. August 6, 2017 marked the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno once again participated in the walk on behalf of his company and family, as well as family and loved ones who have bravely battled breast cancer. Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 14th annual Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.
Peter Salerno Inc. is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Lavallette Breast Cancer Walk.

The ways you can support a nonprofit you care about are innumerable. From donations of money to donations of time, from raising awareness to collecting goods and capital, getting involved with a nonprofit organization is rewarding to you and the world around you!

Take it from us – nonprofit organizations are always happy for your support, so don’t be shy about reaching out to one that means something to you! 

4 Great Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

4 Great Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

It’s no surprise that 3 of our 4 top picks for home design in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection are neutral tones. 

We’ve been touting neutrals as “the new dominant tones” in home design for the better part of 2017, and this fall’s collection is no exception. In recent articles, we’ve surveyed the entire Pantone Fall 2017 color palette (for “New York”), and given you five great color combinations to inspire your autumn designs.

When it comes to home design, we have the luxury of leaning on our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. for advice and direction. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm. Their blend of “old-world” craftsmanship and innovative state-of-the-art design, as well as their ability to create traditional and transitional award-winning designs, has made Peter Salerno Inc. a must-watch design firm for over 20 years.

As we perused recent kitchen and bath design photos from Peter Salerno Inc. projects, we came across a theme we loved. Like any great designer, Peter Salerno does not mimic trends – rather, he is inspired by them. As such, you won’t see a Peter Salerno Inc. design “coated” with the colors of the season. Instead, the Pantone Fall 2017 collection serves as inspiration for a holistic design approach.

Notes of Neutral Gray, Marina, Butterum and Autumn Maple weave their way through the design photos below, serving as parts of each design but never the whole.

We absolutely adore Neutral Gray for its versatility and its lack of “gray drabness”. It’s an eye-popping neutral tone that works beautifully in appliances, backsplash tile, flooring, wall paint, and decor accessories alike. The same holds true for the brown neutrals Butterum and Autumn Maple.

For a pop of color, we leaned on Marina (Pantone 17-4041), a bright oceanic blue that sits in line with other recent blue Pantone selections like Riverside and Niagara – albeit much warmer than both of those color options.

Enjoy our picks (and accompanying design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.) for the best Pantone Fall 2017 colors for home design!

Best Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

1. Neutral Gray

Neutral Gray is an exceptionally versatile neutral in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection.
Neutral Gray is an exceptionally versatile neutral in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection.
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

2. Marina

Marina is a beautiful, bright blue hue that adds a pop of freshness to Fall 2017 design.
Marina is a beautiful, bright blue hue that adds a pop of freshness to Fall 2017 design.
Bright, bold colors accent this Peter Salerno inc. custom kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
(Credit Peter Rymwid)

3. Butterum

Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone's Fall 2017 New York collection together.
Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone’s Fall 2017 New York collection together.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.

4. Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple is a warmer, heartier brown neutral with a reddish tint.
Autumn Maple is a warmer, heartier brown neutral with a reddish tint.
Autumn Maple warms up any kitchen design, like this one from Peter Salerno inc.
Autumn Maple warms up any kitchen design, like this one from Peter Salerno inc.

 

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: VOTE on 5 Great Pairings

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: 5 Great Pairings

In our previous article, we previewed the “New York” set of colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 series.

Themes of individuality, warmth and classic shades permeate the collection. Bold colors like Grenadine and Marina jump out between bright neutrals Butterum and Autumn Maple, while the gorgeous Navy Peony begs to work with intriguing shades like Ballet Slipper and Golden Lime.

For those who missed it, here is the full list of 10 colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 New York series:

  • PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine
  • PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port
  • PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper
  • PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum
  • PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony
  • PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray
  • PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce
  • PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime
  • PANTONE 17-4041 Marina
  • PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

It’s a balanced yet unconventional mix of 3 reds, three blues, a green and 3 neutral/gray tones. The balance provided by Neutral Gray and the brown neutrals give design enthusiasts plenty of color combinations to play with, and the rich deeper tones like Tawny Port and Shaded Spruce hearken back to the jewel tones that spiced up Pantone’s Fall 2016 color palette.

But which color combinations did we immediately fall in love with for the fall of 2017? We’ve pored over the possibilities and come up with a list of 5 color tandems that we think will liven up your autumn design.

We played a bit of a game with the color combinations to make it more interesting: we had to use all 10 colors in the Fall 2017 New York palette, and each color could only be used once. So we ended up with 5 unique color combinations that showcased the entire color collection.

Of course, some design choices (especially home design, kitchen and bath design) are much more difficult choices than others – so make sure you consult an award-winning expert before you jump into those decisions!

Here is our list of 5 favorite color combinations from the Pantone Fall 2017 New York Series.

VOTE BELOW on which color combination is your favorite!

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: 5 Favorite Combinations

1. Butterum and Tawny Port

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Butterum and Tawny Port.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Butterum and Tawny Port.

2. Grenadine and Neutral Gray

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Grenadine and Neutral Gray.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Grenadine and Neutral Gray.

3. Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper.

4. Golden Lime and Navy Peony

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Golden Lime and Navy Peony.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Golden Lime and Navy Peony.

5. Marina and Autumn Maple

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Marina and Autumn Maple.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Marina and Autumn Maple.

Autumn in New York: A Pantone Fall 2017 Color Preview

Autumn in New York: A Pantone Fall 2017 Color Preview

Pantone has released two separate Fall 2017 color previews: one for New York and one for London.

Each side of the Atlantic has a color palette for its own cosmopolitan city, and home designers, fashion designers, and artisans in general are loving the flexibility.

Grenadine may be the breakout star of the Pantone Fall 2017 New York color collection.
Grenadine may be the breakout star of the Pantone Fall 2017 New York color collection.

This article focuses on the “New York” palette of the Pantone Fall 2017 color preview. If we had to pick one word to describe the collection, it would be eclectic. Baby pink, bright blue and luscious red pop out of an assemblage of more conventional autumn colors. Gray and a few neutrals/browns make their presence felt, and there’s a particularly fun shade of green in the mix to continue the “Greenery” trend as Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017.

We’ll take a closer look at the assortment of Pantone Fall 2017 colors in the New York palette as the next several weeks pass. For now, let’s take a look at a few overarching trends of the New York color design palette for Fall 2017, courtesy of Pantone.

Navy Peony might be the richest, most versatile dark blue Pantone has selected in years.
Navy Peony might be the richest, most versatile dark blue Pantone has selected in years.

Pantone Fall 2017 Color Trends (New York)

1. These colors aren’t shy.

Fall colors tend to naturally be more muted than spring palettes in years past. While that’s still the case in a battle of Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 in Pantone’s world, this New York color palette isn’t running away from anybody.

Whereas Fall 2016 relied a bit more on jewel tones and darker neutrals, the New York Pantone Fall 2017 color palette is full of stand-alone options. Even the more traditional brown neutrals add a bit of pop – the nutty Butterum (Pantone 16-1341) and reddish Autumn Maple (Pantone 17-1145) are more than capable of holding their own.

Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone's Fall 2017 New York collection together.
Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone’s Fall 2017 New York collection together.

2. Navy and gray continue to be autumn mainstays.

Navy Peony is a major favorite of ours in this year’s Fall collection of Pantone colors. This bold shade of navy blue (Pantone 19-4029) is almost bright in appearance (is that possible?). Unlike other, more muted dark blues, Navy Peony dares you to jazz up your fall color design and pair it with cheery colors like Ballet Slipper and Golden Lime (Pantone 16-0543).

Meanwhile, Neutral Gray (Pantone 17-4402) is the gray shade that pulls this unique group together.

3. We love the reds in Fall 2017 (especially Grenadine).

It’s a pretty eclectic color palette for Fall 2017 in New York, but we predict the runaway hit of the season will be Grenadine (Pantone 17-1558). This dynamic red stands out from the crowd, like a chic red outfit in a room filled with black dresses.

Grenadine is paired with 2 other colors on the red spectrum. First there’s the rich Tawny Port (Pantone 19-1725), a deep near-purple wine shade. Nearly the polar opposite of Tawny Port is the baby pink Ballet Slipper (Pantone 13-2808), which at first glimpse almost appears out of place in this collection. Still, this pink is healthy enough to pair well with Navy Peony and the neutrals in this collection.

HGTV Home Design Tips: 2017’s Hottest Prints and Patterns

HGTV Home Design Tips: 2017’s Hottest Prints and Patterns

Since Peter Salerno, the owner of our parent company, is an HGTV Featured Designer, we at Design Your Lifestyle always turn to HGTV and its staff for the latest in tips, trends and design ideas.

HGTV has been particularly on point in 2017, with great articles about Summer 2017 home design trends and “runway-to-home” design transitions.

But one of their latest articles, regarding the hottest prints, patterns and textures in home design for 2017, might be our favorite of the recent bunch.

Make a Statement: Print, Pattern and Finishes Trends” by HGTV’s Felicia Feaster may as well be your 2017 Design Primer when it comes to home creation and renovation. In the article, Felicia guides you through the “trendsetting fabrics, wallcoverings, patterns and finishes that define great style in 2017”.

Here are a few of our favorite selections from the article. Read them through, and then head over to HGTV to read the full article and see all the trends!

HGTV’s 2017 Top Prints, Patterns and Finishes

1. Creative Transitions.

Transitional design is all the rage (especially in transitional kitchens). In this case, Felicia Feaster is referring to mixed media and materials when it comes to major design elements like flooring.

“[A] thoughtful mix of wood and other surfaces to create flooring juxtapositions,” explains Felicia. This also pertains to surprising materials or “faux” materials, like in the Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design below. The “wood grain flooring” you see is actually durable porcelain wood tile. Coupling the gorgeous aesthetic of dark, weathered wood with the durability of porcelain tile ensures that the floor will look great AND hold strong. It’s the perfect way to get that transitional kitchen flooring “feel” while making sure it can withstand the toll of kids, guests and the family dog.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends

2. Scenic Landscapes.

Wall prints, designs and frescoes are a great way to transport the mind and body while remaining in the comfort of your home. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design below, a gorgeous painted wall features the countryside and seaside of Italy, allowing the occupant’s imagination to soar and wander.

This Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design features a scenic wall fresco.
This Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design features a scenic wall fresco.

3. Liquid Metal.

Metallic tones aren’t just for small fixtures anymore. Copper, silver, platinum and gold are everywhere, making standout appearances against neutral, white and black design elements.

Be bold in your approach to metallic and mineral tones (more on that in the full HGTV article). Much like whites and neutrals, they’re not just complementary to your design strategy in 2017 – they can be the feature!

Peter Salerno’s Family Recipe for Homemade Sangria

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

July 4th Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes (recipes & photo courtesy Epicurious)
Our family Sangria recipe) photo courtesy Epicurious)

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe for entertaining guests!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7 Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like Christian Bros., no need to go over the top!)
  • a bottle of red wine, preferably Merlot or Shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)

Preparation

  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7 Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triple sec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!