The 4th of July is all about expressing your American patriotism – so make sure you’re doing so in the most stylish way possible!
The freedom of expression is one of the great liberties Americans possess. Within that right is the ability to create, express and design your lifestyle in ways you find beautiful. Independence Day is a perfect occasion to blend your personal style with the colors that represent American pride.
Red and blue color tones take center stage on the 4th of July, with re-imaginations of the American flag everywhere you look. From classic, traditional salutes to the flag to trendy takes on red and blue shades, patriotic color design extends from clothing to furniture, accessories to decor, and residential to commercial expressions.
So, how can you set yourself apart this 4th of July if everyone’s working with the same two colors?
Our trusted advisors at PANTONE – the world’s foremost authority on color – have their finger on the pulse of color, design and application. Consistently ahead of the curve on color theory and intelligence, PANTONE provides informative articles as well as the world’s finest color matching system.
Smart design experts understand what a valuable resource PANTONE can be. We’ve taken their expertise and applied it to the 4th of July, searching their latest articles, trend forecasts and color palettes for our favorite red and blue hues to inspire your Independence Day style.
We’ve developed a palette of 8 colors – 4 reds and 4 blues – upon which to build our 4th of July color design. A series of versatile blues spans from light and airy to rich and stable. The four red tones sizzle with all the pizzazz of 4th of July fireworks.
We’d love to know which red and blue tones you like best – Happy 4th of July, and make sure to leave us a comment!
Is Blue the Breakout Kitchen Design Color of 2019?
Getting the blues might be exactly what your kitchen needs in 2019. Pantone’s Spring 2019 color palette featured bold tones like Living Coral (the 2019 Color of the Year) and Mango Madness, coupled with trendy neutrals like Sweet Corn and Toffee.
But Princess Blue seems primed to emerge from the pack as a go-to kitchen design color in 2019, thanks to its versatility, rich ‘pop’ of oceanic blue, and the luxurious nature of its sapphire jewel tone.
When award-winning design firms like Peter Salerno Inc. proclaim, “Blue is becoming our dominant color this Spring with our current design jobs” (via Instagram), it’s hard not to take notice. Navy blues have taken the lead in past design seasons, but a rich royal like Princess Blue brings a different vibe to the (kitchen) table altogether.
As 2019 kitchen design photography emerges, it’s evident royal blue tones are beginning to weave a thread through much of this year’s great design. Blue is a savvy, sophisticated choice for a rich color that blends well with virtually any neutral.
The 2019 Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design featured in the photo below (and in this article) uses Princess Blue in its stemware, dishware and other accessories. This splash of color balances four different neutral tones in the design scheme – white, flat gray, brushed silver (on the appliances), and the light brown of the reclaimed vintage ceiling beams.
Blue isn’t just making a statement in ‘royal’ varieties in 2019. The brilliant kitchen island featured below exhibits a lighter blue reminiscent of Little Boy Blue from the Pantone Spring 2018 collection. As in the kitchen design above, this eye-catching blue tone pulls together a transitional kitchen full of white and gray grained surfaces – both the faux wood grain flooring and the beautiful island countertop.
Even world-class appliance craftsmen like La Cornue are featuring shades of blue in their designs. The stunning Grand Palais La Cornue piece featured below dazzled attendees at a recent KBIS conference. A more royal shade of blue applies to the La Cornue range at the very bottom of this piece; the French Blue La Cornue range in that Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design pulls central focus in an ornate kitchen, sitting neatly below a unique reclaimed tin custom range hood.
Magazine spreads are featuring more and more blue kitchen designs as well. Bergen Magazine’s recent feature of this blue-based transitional kitchen design turned heads with its variety of blue shades tying together a neutral kitchen. From a light blue feature wall to classic Dutch blue-and-white ceramics, dark blue-and-white kitchen chairs to an undertone of blue in the smoked glass on the refrigerator, this kitchen design proves that blue can dominate the conversation without overwhelming the senses.
But what’s YOUR take on kitchen design colors in 2019? Is blue the breakout star of the year, or is another color poised to dominate the kitchen design landscape? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Cool But Powerful Colors
The Spring 2018 Pantone color palette proves that cool can be powerful. Three of the most captivating, dominating shades in the 12-tone Pantone seasonal collection are from the “cooler” end of the color spectrum, showing the design world that greens, blues and purples can take center stage in any design.
In two previous articles, Design Your Lifestyle has broken the 12-color Pantone Spring 2018 collection into sets of three – the Versatile Complementary Colors and the Bright Tones. Our third of four pieces regarding the collection focuses on the Cool But Powerful Colors – three shades that help change the perception of greens, blues and purples in Spring 2018 design.
This trio is led by the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838). An unflinching, powerful purple, Ultra Violet is equals parts mystical and dominant. By its side stand the blue-green of Arcadia and the light but attention-grabbing Little Boy Blue. Together, these 3 colors form our Cool But Powerful collection of the Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette.
The 12 shades selected for the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette (plus the 4 “Classic Colors” listed as an addendum) are a large step for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.
So let’s take a closer look at these 3 strong-yet-cool colors, and how they influence color and design trends in the Spring 2018 season.
Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838)
The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year would make Prince and Jimi Hendrix proud. Ultra Violet is a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” color, according to Pantone. Unafraid to make a statement, Ultra Violet is confident and complex.
Although both colors are generally bright and cheerful, Ultra Violet is a departure from Greenery, the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. While Greenery was rooted in nature, earthy tones and complementary neutrals, Ultra Violet is a bit more – well, intergalactic. Even Pantone admits there is a “mystical or spiritual quality” to their 2018 Color of the Year.
Arcadia (Pantone 16-5533)
Arcadia is a little more “retro” of a color, according to Pantone itself. Still, this deep blue-green is strong enough to leap into the present and demand our attention. Somewhat adjacent to an emerald jewel tone, Arcadia stays rooted in the trend of natural green and blue shades that began in Pantone’s 2017 collections.
Little Boy Blue (Pantone 16-4132)
Baby blue isn’t just for kids anymore. Despite its name, Little Boy Blue packs more of a punch than other light blues, and it’s far less pastel than fellow Spring 2018 color selections Blooming Dahlia and Pink Lavender. Instead, Little Boy Blue is more reminiscent of a Carolina Blue.
Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Primrose Yellow, Niagara Step Forward
We reported recently that Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color matching and design, named Greenery as its Pantone 2017 Color of the Year. A spring green, Greenery (15-0343 TCX) signaled a fresh start to a new year, as well as Pantone’s optimistic outlook for the 2017 year in color and design.
It remained to be seen, however, just how “sunny” that outlook would be all year round. Well, if the Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends Report is any indication, we’re in for a bright and beautiful year of color!
The 10 colors selected as the official Spring 2017 Pantone colors are bright, cheery, and based largely in the natural world around us. From sky blues to floral yellows and pinks, nutty neutrals to verdant greens (including Greenery itself), the color palette for Spring 2017 is one of our favorites in recent memory.
Perfect for home design AND the runway, Spring 2017’s color design is perfect for anyone looking to inject a healthy dose of sunshine, blossoms and freshness into his or her home design, personal wardrobe, and bold artistic choices.
Design Your Lifestyle will be taking a 5-article approach to the Spring 2017 Pantone color design selections, giving the spotlight to two gorgeous hues in each article. Today, we’re diving in headfirst with two colors predicted to lead the charge into springtime – the relaxing blue Niagara, and the sunlit shade Primrose Yellow.
In case you’re wondering, here is the full list of 10 shades named in the Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends Report:
Niagara: A Blue Hue That Signals Fresh, Clear Skies
Niagara evokes memories of Riverside (17-4028 TCX), a Summer 2016 Pantone color selection that brought to mind running water, bright denim and clear, blue skies. Selected by many color design experts as the “leading” color of the Spring 2017 Pantone palette, Niagara is comfortable and easy on the eyes – a key reason why home designers and fashion designers alike have praised it for its versatility.
In terms of home design, Niagara functions beautifully as both an accent color and the core color of virtually any room. Though sitting rooms, sun rooms and baths come to mind, Niagara can be utilized effectively as an accent color in kitchens, dining rooms and bedrooms as well.
While many as quick to call Niagara a “denim blue”, closer inspection will reveal a slightly bolder blue. This trait has made Niagara a hit on fashion design runways, incorporated in everything from print jackets to evening gowns. However you incorporate this fresh shade of blue into your home or personal design, Niagara is a smart (and long-lasting) choice for a Spring 2017 update.
Primrose Yellow: A Beautiful, Sunny Bloom
Many of us know the song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. Well, if it happened to be Primrose Yellow, we understand what all the fuss is about. Evocative of daffodils and early morning sunshine, Primrose Yellow is a warm dash of color across the Spring 2017 runways and home design exhibits.
Warmer than a conventional yellow but not quite a golden jewel tone, Primrose Yellow is a brilliant accent color for home designers. Set against a Spring 2017 neutral like Hazelnut, or a strong blue like Niagara or Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow can provide a “pop” of color without appearing too pastel or dainty. A kitchen or bath in need of a spark will fare well with this shade as a new accent.
In terms of fashion design, Primrose Yellow has been utilized to great effect with other warmer colors in the Spring 2017 Pantone palette. Audacious designers have paired it with Island Paradise to create a floral, tropical feel in their wardrobe designs. Again, pairing Primrose Yellow with a denim blue (like Niagara) or a nutty neutral (like Hazelnut) is a successful, stylish match.
Stay with Design Your Lifestyle over the next several weeks, as we continue to feature the ten beautiful hues that make up the Pantone Spring 2017 Color Design Report!