Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism | The Complete Pantone Spring 2019 Color Palette

Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.
Bold Optimism: The full Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and our reactions.

It feels like kismet. 

For years, we’ve been devoted followers of Pantone, the world’s foremost color matching system. Pantone’s staff diligently forecasts color trends, palettes and seasonal color projections for the design industry – from industrial design to textiles, from the runway to home design, Pantone helps guide the ship of international design from season to season.

When we first saw the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring 2019, two things made us feel like the universe was speaking to us:

  1. It’s our favorite color palette of the last five years; and
  2. The Report was written by Laurie Pressman… who is a recent client of Peter Salerno Inc., our parent company (and the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2000).

We can’t stress enough – we had no idea of the connection until a recent meeting with Peter Salerno and his staff. Needless to say, we’re more compelled than ever to gush over the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette and Fashion Color Trend Report.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) But the optimism and inviting nature conveyed by the Pantone Spring 2019 color palette doesn’t stop at Living Coral. This season’s collection is at once a love letter to the recent past and a bright statement on the future; a melange of trends past and present that leaves us feeling very good about the 2019 year in design.

An avid Pantone follower’s first glimpse at the Spring 2019 collection brings one comment: “Wow, this is a warmer collection than typical springs!” (And we love it.) While past Spring color palettes have kept warm colors somewhat muted – focusing on pastels and blushing shades – the Pantone Spring 2019 report projects some hot, hot shades. There’s nothing shrinking about colors like Turmeric, Fiesta and Aspen Gold. Pink Peacock, in particular, is turning heads on the runway, in textiles, and in industrial design.

The nod towards 2017 Color of the Year Greenery and other earth tones is quite evident – see the green tones Pepper Stem and Terrarium Moss. Staying with the theme of earth tones, perhaps the least “eye-catching” of the collection may prove the most versatile and useful in home design in 2019. Brown Granite is a dusky, dark neutral that we instantly fell in love with, with its notes of coffee and dark-grain wood.

Joining Brown Granite in the 4-tone Spring 2019 Neutrals portion of the color palette are 2 inviting off-whites, Soybean and Sweet Corn, and a rather enticing dark blue named Eclipse.

Here’s a look at the entire Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, from the Fashion Color Trend Report by Laurie Pressman.

Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report: The Bold, Optimistic Spring 2019 Color Palette

Living Coral – Pantone 16-1546, Pantone 2019 Color of the Year

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

Turmeric – Pantone 15-1264

Turmeric, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem – Pantone 17-0542

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

Princess Blue – Pantone 19-4150

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

Aspen Gold – Pantone 13-0850

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Mango Mojito – Pantone 15-0960

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

Fiesta – Pantone 17-1564

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Sweet Lilac – Pantone 14-2808

Sweet Lilac, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pink Peacock – Pantone 18-2045

Pink Peacock, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Jester Red – Pantone 19-1862

Jester Red, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Toffee – Pantone 18-1031

Toffee, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Brown Granite – Pantone 19-0805

Brown Granite, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Terrarium Moss – Pantone 18-0416

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Eclipse – Pantone 19-3810

Eclipse, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Soybean – Pantone 13-0919

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Sweet Corn – Pantone 11-0106

Sweet Corn, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Which color(s) from the Pantone Spring 2019 Fashion Color Trend Report palette is your favorite? Which will provide the greatest impact on kitchen design, bath design and whole home design in 2019?

Sound off in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you!

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

Pantone Promises a Bright, Colorful 2019: A Sneak Peek at Spring Colors

My goodness, do we love the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection. Bright, colorful and cheerful, Pantone’s selections for spring (and summer) 2019 signal warmth, optimism, and the invitation to be good to others.

Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.
Pantone Spring 2019 colors are bright and beautiful.

Led by the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, this collection is all about a sunny disposition. (Living Coral itself has been described as “a big hug”.) The entire Pantone Spring 2019 collection consists of 12 core colors and a neutral palette, but we’ve narrowed our ‘sneak peek’ down to our 5 favorites.

We attempted to provide a cross-section of warm, cool and neutral tones that all bring something unique to the table – especially in terms of their utility in kitchen design and bath design. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Pantone Spring 2019 Colors: A Sneak Peek

1. Living Coral (Pantone 2019 Color of the Year)
We’ve already covered Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette.

Living Coral, Pantone 16-1546, Pantone Color of the Year

2. Mango Mojito (Pantone 15-0960)

Mango Mojito is the perfect marriage of spicy orange and bright yellow. The result is a color that’s not “too hot” for kitchen design. Used sparingly, Mango Mojito instantly livens up any room’s decor, accessories and wall color schemes.

Mango Mojito, Pantone 15-0960

3. Princess Blue (Pantone 19-4150)

Princess Blue is strong. And that’s a wonderful thing. Perfect as a ‘leading’ shade in vivid color schemes, nautical themes, and paired with cool neutrals, Princess Blue is a bold, beautiful winner.

Princess Blue, Pantone 19-4150

4. Pepper Stem (Pantone 17-0542)

An energetic green, Pepper Stem follows in the footsteps of Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. We love the leafy, natural feel of Pepper Stem. It’s a “garden” green; use it in areas where you plan to incorporate floral arrangements, succulents, hanging plants or neutral browns.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

5. Soybean (Pantone 13-0919)

Our Pantone Spring 2019 Neutrals selection, Soybean, is the warmest neutral you’re going to find. We’re instantly attracted to Soybean’s rich, creamy tone, and how complimentary it can be in almost any color scheme imaginable for your kitchen design or bath design. Use Soybean to ‘warm up’ cooler blues and greens, or as a neutral that’s bold enough to match hot colors.

Soybean, Pantone 03-0919

Which of these five Pantone Spring 2019 colors is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments below – let’s start a conversation!

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

Pantone 2019 Color of the Year | Living Coral Makes a Splash

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year is here, and Living Coral wastes no time making an impression.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) is warm, vibrant, and alive. This reddish-orange tone reminds us (of course) of ocean coral, but also of the brightest peach in a farmer’s market. Rich, crisp and forward, Living Coral is an energetic boost to the 2019 color palette – and we love that.

The trend back towards inviting, bright colors in the Pantone Color of the Year gallery began in 2017, with Greenery making a nod towards natural beauty and brightness. 2018’s Ultra Violet sparkled with electricity and life. The nod towards Living Coral in 2019 suggests a marriage of the last two years’ schools of thought; a color that is at once of the natural world but surges with bright, unapologetic energy.

Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Meet Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

From the Pantone website’s release on Living Coral’s selection as 2019 Color of the Year:

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Living Coral, Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.
Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, has drawn positive reactions.

The response to Living Coral has been immediate and positive. Elle Decor describes Living Coral as “a warm, peachy orange with a life-affirming golden undertone; [t]he color evokes vitality and buoyancy…”. In an interview with the Associated Press, Pantone VP Laurie Pressman describes Living Coral as “a big hug”. And who doesn’t love a big hug?

Our response? Appreciative, optimistic, but also intrigued. Living Coral is not a color for the shrinking, demure or traditional. In terms of home design and 2019 home design trends and ideas, how will Living Coral blend with the push for neutral and white-based kitchens and baths? Will designers blend Living Coral with white and off-white neutrals? Will we see a maximalist color trend towards Living Color blending with teals, rich blues and other ocean-inspired tones?

Living Color: Pantone 2019 Color of the Year Specs, Codes and Information

Living Coral’s Pantone designation is Pantone 16-1546. Its Hex/HTML reference # is FF6F61, and it can be found using RGB code 255 11 97.

Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.
Information and codes for Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year.

What’s your reaction to Living Coral, the Pantone 2019 Color of the Year? How will you interact with it? How will it play into your 2019 design plans, strategies and creative muses? Let us know and leave a comment below!

Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

Winter 2018 Color Design Trend | Black, Gold + Off-White Dazzle

The combination of black, gold, and off-white is a stunner, and it’s all the rage this Winter 2018-19 design season.

And why not? The timeless sturdiness of black, the dazzling punch of gold, and the trendy neutral off-white are the perfect blend of transitional and timeless. Used to proper effect, this color combination can make its way from a seasonal trend to a lasting color design scheme in your home.

The luxurious, crisp combination of these 3 colors is often associated with New Year’s celebrations – so why not apply them to your entire winter color design scheme by extension?

The wonderful thing about the combination of black, gold and off-white tones is how relative they are with the trend towards neutral and white tones in kitchen and bath design. With bases in black, taupe/beige (gold tones) and off-white, this color palette covers virtually all your neutral tone bases, while still creating plenty of visual interest.

We’ve selected two sample Pantone color palettes for this Winter 2018-19 color design trend, then broken down the six Pantone colors separately with their Pantone reference codes for easy identification.

Which palette do you prefer? Do you prefer classy and demure, or bold and glossy?

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Sample Pantone Palettes

1. Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold and Snow White

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Blackened Pearl, Bright Gold, Snow White

2. Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold and Eggnog

Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan's Gold, Eggnog
Pantone Winter 2018-19 Color Palette: Black Onyx, Artisan’s Gold, Eggnog

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Black Tones

Blackened Pearl (Pantone 19-3917)

Blackened Pearl Pantone 19-3917

Black Onyx (Pantone 19-4003)

Black Onyx Pantone 19-4003

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Gold Tones

Bright Gold (Pantone 16-0947)

Bright Gold Pantone 16-0947

Artisan’s Gold (Pantone 15-1049)

Artisan's Gold Pantone 15-1049

Winter 2018-19 Color Design Trend | Off-White Tones

Snow White (Pantone 11-0602)

Snow White Pantone 11-0602

Eggnog (Pantone 12-0601)

Eggnog Pantone 12-0601

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Get Spooky: Best Pantone Fall 2018 Colors for Halloween Design

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time for savvy designers to start putting together the decor, design and color schemes for their spook-tacular Halloween parties!

There’s no better way to show off your design panache than by incorporating this season’s trendiest colors and tones. For this year, that means utilizing the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette. From the surprising set of 10 fall 2018 tones to the ‘classic colors’ add-on, this season’s Pantone palette is vivid and varied, giving you a plethora of color design options.

But which Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 colors are right for Halloween?

Spoiler alert: we’re going to build around Russet Orange. (Obviously.)

But where do we go from Russet Orange? Perhaps a ghostly gray and a lush green from a witch’s brew; maybe a toxic yellow or a blood-red tone?

The most wonderful aspect of the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette is its sheer variety. We’re unaccustomed to seeing so many warm tones (multiple yellows and reds in the fall?!) in an autumn color collection, and it’s a refreshing change to see virtually every shade of falling leaves included.

So which five of Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 colors made the eerie grade for our Halloween color design list? Here they are!

1. Russet Orange (Pantone 16-1255 TCX) – the ‘pumpkin orange’ base tone

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Quiet Gray (Pantone 14-4107 TCX) – the eerie, ‘ghostly gray’

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

3. Valiant Poppy (Pantone 18-1549 TCX) – the bright, ‘blood red’

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Quetzal Green (Pantone 18-5025 TCX) – the ‘witches and potions green’

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Limelight (Pantone 12-0740 TCX) – the glaring, ‘toxic yellow’

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors: Kitchen + Bath Design Photos

Sargasso Sea, Quiet Gray, Meerkat, Almond Buff and Tofu. The 5 Classic Colors selected by Pantone for its Fall 2018 collection are steady, sophisticated, and easily incorporated into high-end, smart kitchen design.

Neutral colors have transitioned from complementary shades to statement colors in the last few years, bringing fresh, classic colors to kitchen designs and bath designs. The result has been a steady stream of home design colors that are easy-to-pair, inviting, and comfortable to view.

Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., is the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. As such, we were naturally curious how Peter Salerno and his design team have used these Pantone Fall 2018 Classic Colors in some of their recent kitchen design and bath design projects.

From a French-inspired bath to a brand-new kitchen cabinet installation, a sleek American transitional kitchen to a new kitchen design installation in Russia, Peter Salerno Inc. uses this season’s Pantone Classic Colors to dramatic effect. See for yourself!

1. Sargasso Sea – a sturdy navy blue

Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler's pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.
Butler’s pantry and cabinetry design from Peter Salerno Inc., 2018.

2. Quiet Gray – a relaxing, comfortable shade

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.

3. Meerkat – a punchy, warm neutral

Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Peter Salerno Inc's 2014 Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. Best Bath award winner. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Alternate view of our French-inspired 1st place best bath design winner.

4. Almond Buff – an easily-paired taupe

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Peter Salerno's gorgeous French-inspired Princeton kitchen is in his design portfolio

A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)
A Peter Salerno Inc. custom kitchen design, with French inspirations.(Credit Peter Rymwid)

5. Tofu – a chic, interesting off-white

Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

A custom RangeCraft range hood dazzles in this Moscow kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc.

 

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Color Family #1: Cool and Bright

Ultra Violet, Crocus Petal and Nebulas Blue

As a tip of the cap to 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, we start our Fall/Winter 2018 color families with these intriguing cool tones. The reason for our intrigue? Cool colors aren’t supposed to be this ‘forward’ – and yet, here we are. Ultra Violet commands one’s attention immediately, while Crocus Petal has a warm pink undertone that makes your eye linger a bit longer.

With all due deference to the purple tones, we are completely enamored with Nebulas Blue, one of the most dazzling blue tones Pantone has selected in the last 2-3 years. We expect to see Nebulas Blue everywhere – runways, home designs, graphic design, etc.


Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018
Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

2. Color Family #2: Rich and Seductive

Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat

When we see Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat together, we can’t help but think of a glamorous Hollywood starlet with a stunning red dress and a stole wrapped around her shoulders. Meerkat is the perfect compliment to these two red tones, with its punch of warm brown for support. None of these tones will have an easy time taking a ‘back seat’ to others in your kitchen or bath design; we’re most intrigued to see what designers can do with Red Pear.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #3: The Bold Standouts

Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow

You can’t be shy and utilize any of these colors in your design – Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow are for the bright, the brassy and the bold. While the mustard-tinged Ceylon Yellow may prove to have the most utility in kitchen and bath design, the proper splashes of either of its counterparts in this color family can be used to achieve dramatic, eye-catching results. Be careful not to overuse any of these tones, however!

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

Color Family #4: Smart and Sophisticated

Quetzal Green, Martini Olive and Sargasso Sea

If you want your design to radiate confidence, sophistication and luxury, these three Pantone colors should be in strong consideration for inclusion. Quetzal Green is a gorgeous blue-green that appears to be the offspring of emerald and sapphire. Martini Olive evokes images of upscale bars and dens, and is a rare green shade that could even be seen by some as a neutral. Sargasso Sea, meanwhile, is the most intriguing of all the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, providing a steady navy blue backbone to the season.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #5: Highly Versatile Neutrals

Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu

Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 color palette provides some of the most satisfying, pairable neutral tones in recent memory. Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu aren’t just neutrals that sit in the background; any one of them could easily be the lead primary color in your design. Tofu, in particular, may be our favorite ‘off-white’ neutral Pantone selection in years. With just enough warmth underneath a steady white base, Tofu is quietly one of the real winners of the Fall/Winter 2018 collection, and should be a strong contender for any neutral-tone kitchen design or bath design.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB