Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

We’ve spoken at length about blue being the “it” color for kitchen and bath design in 2019 – and now, the industry is hopping on board. Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., has been utilizing blue tones in custom world-class kitchen design and bath design for months, and we’re constantly inspired by how versatile and dynamic the color can be.

Blue features prominently in one of Peter Salerno Inc.’s finest 2019 custom kitchen designs. The transitional kitchen design below delivers a ‘pop’ of blue accent color, inspired by PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report favorite Princess Blue. Set against the clean white and gray of the kitchen design, this royal blue draws the focus ever upward. This allows the eye to naturally travel up to the star of the kitchen design – a series of reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphange in New York that adorns the ceiling.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Blue design accents make this gorgeous Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design pop.

The versatility of blue in today’s kitchen designs stems from the versatility of shades selected in recent PANTONE collections. Bright blues like Princess Blue and Galaxy Blue sit in contrast to the dusky Sargasso Sea, Evening Blue and Eclipse to create a dynamic palette.

Our favorite blue tone from recent PANTONE selections may just be Bluestone, a member of the Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report. Bluestone is a gorgeous, lush blue-gray that pairs well with virtually every white, gray, brown and taupe neutral one could choose.

A peek ahead to the PANTONE Spring 2020 palette indicates 3 more blue selections – one classic, one teal, and one faded light selection. The latter of the three reminds us greatly of the blue selected by Peter Salerno for the transitional kitchen island pictured below, which became an instant favorite and a true conversation starter for its new owners this year.

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
A stunning light blue makes this transitional kitchen island a conversation piece. (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here are the featured blue tones in the PANTONE Color Trend Reports dating from Autumn 2018 through Autumn/Winter 2019-2020. Comment, and let us know which ones stand out to you!

Blue Color Design | Trending PANTONE Blue Tones

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report:

Bluestone

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Evening Blue

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

From the PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report:

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 Color Trend Report:

Nebulas Blue

PANTONE Nebulas Blue

Sargasso Sea

PANTONE Sargasso Sea

Complete PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Palette

Complete PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Palette

Forget everything you know about autumn color trends. PANTONE just made this fall a little hotter.

The PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 color palette is bold and confident. Featuring more warmer tones than any autumn color palette in recent memory, this year’s Autumn/Winter Color Trend Report signals a strong sense towards individual style. In other words, this fall isn’t about “design rules” it’s about YOUR rules.

From the official Color Trend Report on the PANTONE website:

Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors that are relatable yet display some clever tweaks for the winter season. Expressing our wide-ranging acceptance of color, combinations for Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 suggest a thirst for liberation and a desire to realize our own individualized unique identities.

“Colors for Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 range from easy and sophisticated to strikingly different and unique,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “This palette of versatile hues builds a sense of empowerment and confidence, enabling the wearer to choose the colors that best reflect his or her mood and persona.”

The road map for custom kitchen and bath design brands this season is diverse, inviting professional and casual designers alike to follow their instincts and use imaginative palettes. From the dark heat of Chili Pepper and Biking Red to the diverse blue tones (Galaxy Blue, Bluestone and Evening Blue), the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 color palette offers rich and disparate options for virtually any color scheme.

Add in the creamy light tones Creme De Peche and Vanilla Custard paired against the sturdy Rocky Road and Paloma, and you have more winning color combinations than any PANTONE color collection in recent memory.

This autumn, PANTONE is giving you the green light to play with color. Take full advantage!

PANTONE Autumn-Winter 2019/2020 Color Trend Report + Color Palette

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Biking Red PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Creme de Peche PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Fruit Dove PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055) Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055) PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Orange Tiger Eden (PANTONE 19-6050) PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Vanilla Custard Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815) PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 PalomaGuacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Which colors in the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 color palette are YOUR favorite? Leave us a comment and take part in the conversation!

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

With all the Autumn Heat dominating this fall’s color design landscape, PANTONE had to do something to cool it down a bit.

The 5 cool tones chosen by PANTONE to balance the overall heat of the Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report are thoughtful and understated. (Even the relative vibrance of a tone called Guacamole is muted when surrounded by Orange Tiger and Chili Pepper.)

Pantone Autumn 2019 Cool Color Tones

Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue and Bluestone offer a bridge between the core Autumn 2019 PANTONE collection and its accompanying “Classics”. Guacamole stands a bit on its own, as Eden’s lush forest green stands a bit closer to the night sky of Evening Blue. Bluestone is a versatile and ‘quiet’ blue-gray that works beautifully in traditional and transitional kitchen and bath design. Galaxy Blue is “that” mainstay blue tone – royal, elegant and alluring.

The overall steadiness of PANTONE’s Autumn 2019 cool colors is a departure from the rest of the Autumn 2019 collection, and certainly from the Bold Optimism of the Spring 2019 Color Trend Report. Spring’s ‘cool colors’ were vibrant and commanded attention; tones like Pepper Stem and Princess Blue were less ‘shrinking violet’s and more center stage.

By contrast, Fall 2019’s cool tones are more sedate, more content to provide stability in the background. While the lush elegance of Eden and Evening Blue is evident, they’re not going to dazzle you from across the room.

And that sedate beauty is precisely what this season’s Color Trend Report needed. With firecrackers like Dark Cheddar and Fruit Dove going off all over this PANTONE collection, high-visibility cream tones like Crème de Pêche and Vanilla Custard demanding their own turn in the spotlight, and the sweet tones of Sugar Almond and Peach Pink pulling some focus, the cool colors in the PANTONE Autumn 2019 collection had to provide a quiet, complementary backbone.

Let’s take a look at the 5 cool colors selected for the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report: The Cool Color Tones

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Which of these 5 colors (Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue or Bluestone) do you think is the most versatile and useful? Which would you like to use in your dream kitchen or bath design? Leave us a comment!

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

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.

4th of July Pantone color palette Peter Salerno Inc.

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!

4th of July Color Palette | PANTONE Reds + Blues

Fruit Dove

4th of July Pantone color palette Fruit Dove

Fiesta

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Valiant Poppy

4th of July Pantone color palette Valiant Poppy

Chili Pepper

4th of July Pantone color palette Chili Pepper

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

Galaxy Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Galaxy Blue

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Sky Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Sky Blue

Living Coral Palettes | Design With Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

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?

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.

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:

  1. Each palette contains three accompanying colors;
  2. Each color in the 5 Living Coral palettes is from the Spring 2019 Pantone collection, or a Pantone collection from the recent past;
  3. 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

The Neutrals Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Neutrals Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Neutrals Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Sweet Corn (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Soybean (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Toffee (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

The Spring Sunshine Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Spring Sunshine Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Spring Sunshine Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Turmeric (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Aspen Gold (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Sweet Lilac (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

 

The Earth Tones Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Earth Tones Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Earth Tones Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Terrarium Moss (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Brown Granite (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Soybean (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

The Cool Blues Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Cool Blues Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Cool Blues Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Blue Bell (Pantone Fall 2017 Collection)
  • Niagara (Pantone Spring 2017 Collection)
  • Princess Blue (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)

 

The Sunset Palette

Design with Living Coral: The Sunset Palette
Design with Living Coral: The Sunset Palette

Colors Utilized:

  • Fiesta (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Mango Mojito (Pantone Spring 2019 Collection)
  • Otter (Pantone Fall 2017 Collection)

 

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.

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.