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!
Living Coral Palettes | Design With Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year
Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year. A testament to optimism, a love affair with our oceans (and nature in general), and a lively invitation to social interaction, Living Coral is a bright addition to our lives.
Now, how do we make Living Coral a bright addition to our homes and our color designs?
In terms of practical application, Living Coral isn’t a “simple marriage” into color designs like a staid navy blue or a versatile taupe. What the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year does provide is a chance to create instant warmth, a convivial atmosphere, and a bright new ‘punch’ to the design in your home, office or work space.
We’ve had a little time to play with Living Coral (and the rest of the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection), and we’ve drawn a few conclusions about how to build color palettes around it. Blues work quite well, as do earth tones and light neutrals. For the bold at heart, one can also double-down on warm tones to dramatic effect.
We’ve created five Living Coral color design palettes, using three specific criteria:
Each palette contains three accompanying colors;
Each color in the 5 Living Coral palettes is from the Spring 2019 Pantone collection, or a Pantone collection from the recent past;
Each must feature Living Coral (no hiding the 2019 Color of the Year in the background!)
We’d love to hear what you think of our efforts! How will YOU utilize Living Coral in your designs in 2019?
5 Color Design Palettes for Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Lapis Blue, Flame Are Bold Choices
In Part 1 of our 5-part series on the fantastic Spring 2017 Pantone Color Trend selections, we covered the cool, versatile blue of Niagara and the flowery, poppy Primrose Yellow.
While Niagara and Primrose Yellow were light, “springy” shades that provide a world of options for both home design and fashion design, our 2 highlighted colors for this piece are quite a bit bolder. Used properly, each color (or both in tandem) can create a head-turning, stunning visual that leaves a lasting impression.
Lapis Blue (19-4045 TCX) and Flame (17-1462 TCX) are full of vibrant energy and life, while staying true to Pantone’s overall Spring 2017 theme of natural colors. The rich blue (Lapis Blue) and coral (Flame) tones are certainly two of the more eye-popping selections in the “Spring 2017 Ten” Pantone selected.
In case you’re interested, 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 closer look at Lapis Blue and Flame, two of the ten colors chosen by Pantone as their colors for Spring 2017.
Lapis Blue: A Bold But Steady Anchor Color
We all have an instinct to base our lifestyle’s color design in a dependable shade or two. Spring 2017, according to Pantone, is an opportunity for you to try new things and branch out. A great way to bridge that gap and put a bold spin on an “anchor color” is the rich, radiant Lapis Blue.
Unlike Niagara, there is nothing sedate about Lapis Blue. Rather, one can assume it takes its name from the semi-precious Lapis Lazuli – a strong blue stone that signifies truth and enlightenment. It’s rare to find a color that is so rich and yet so dependable in color design. As such, Lapis Blue is a versatile shade we could easily recommend for nearly every room in your home.
The same basic principles apply for wardrobe design. Lapis Blue has the ability to be a staple, “base” color from which to design the rest of your Spring 2017 attire. It also has enough jewel-tone richness to be the statement color against other, more sedate Spring 2017 Pantone selections (such as the neutral Hazelnut).
Flame: A Coral Shade That Demands Attention
The name Pantone assigns to each color in its spectrum is often perfectly appropriate. Flame, a seductive, punchy shade of red-orange, is no exception. Trending closer to orange than pink, Flame’s allure is evident from first glance, and the color is ready-made for a party, night on the town, or beach-themed interior design.
The crisp, bold nature of Flame lends itself perfectly to accents in quality home design. Home owners and designers looking for a “punch” in a sedate room design will find it using flame in throws, pillows, wall art and other decor accessories. Flame also makes a statement in beach homes, homes closer to a tropical or sunny environment, or those looking for a truly theatrical touch.
On the runway or in your wardrobe, Flame is quite the opposite. It demands such attention in fashion that it certainly is NOT a secondary or “accessory” color; rather, Flame will stand out in a crowded room. If you’re looking for an extroverted outfit that demands to be noticed, add Flame into your Spring 2017 wardrobe design – designers like Rag & Bone already have!
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!
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!
More Colors From the Pantone Fall 2016 Color Report
In our first article covering the official colors of Fall 2016, we outlined four of our favorite tones from the official Fall 2016 Pantone color report. We continued that trend with the “Bodacious” and audacious colors that “pop” this fall in the second segment of our Fall 2016 Pantone Color Report Overview.
Now, our third and final installment of colors from the Pantone Fall 2016 guide focuses on the three shades you can count on as “base” elements for your seasonal design. Whether you’re decorating and designing a kitchen or bath, looking for the building blocks of your autumn 2016 wardrobe, or looking for a background color for those autumn party and wedding invitations, these 3 are your go-to colors from this fall’s 2016 Pantone Color Report.
In case you missed it, here is your official “list of 10” on the Fall 2016 Pantone color report. The three tones we’ll be highlighting in this article are in bold.
Dusty Cedar, Sharkskin and Airy Blue have little in common at first glance. But as we delve into their strong suits and properties, you’ll soon discover why these 3 very diverse colors are such “backbones” of this season’s color and style.
More of Our Favorite Pantone Fall 2016 Colors
Dusty Cedar – Pantone 18-1630
Dusty Cedar is one of our favorite colors of this season, and easily one of the most intriguing. This rose tone is almost “foggy” in appearance, and exudes a base of warmth and sensuality without being bold and overbearing. A massive hit on the Fall 2016 runways, Dusty Cedar is an alluring shade for long coats, jackets, sweaters, and shoes.
As a base color in home design, Dusty Cedar is a smart and visually appealing choice for large furniture pieces (sofas, etc.), as well as wall paint (especially above white wainscoting).
Sharkskin – Pantone 17-3914
As its name indicates, this isn’t a regular old shade of gray – Sharkskin comes with a built-in bite. Easily the most “pair-able” and practical of all the Fall 2016 Pantone colors, Sharkskin adds a sense of luster and sheen to gray, making it a home design and wardrobe design staple that doesn’t fade into the background.
Sharkskin is so appealing because even when its “season” moves on, it won’t go out of style. An opulent gray is always fashionable in a wardrobe or home design, especially in transitional kitchen design, subway tile and living space/bedroom decor.
Airy Blue – Pantone 14-4122
A bit gentler than Riverside (the fellow shade of blue in the Fall 2016 Pantone Color Report), Airy Blue is precisely what you’d expect. Somewhere between sky blue and Carolina blue, this shade is reminiscent of a cloudless fall sky, with a slight crispness in the breeze.
Airy Blue pairs well with the earth tones in your home design, as it’s such a naturally occurring shade (think clear blue water and sky). Most blues aren’t as versatile as Airy Blue, and you’ll have fun seeing what you can mix-and-match with it in your home design and personal wardrobe.