Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

If you missed Pantone’s recent article on 2019 wedding color palettes, click here for the full piece – it’s a must-read for wedding planners, engaged couples and decorators.

The Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire collaborated on a series of four ‘aspirational but attainable’ color palettes for 2019, and the results were (predictably) magnificent. Each series of 8 to 10 Pantone colors provides a fully realized color design for four very different concepts and feels. One of these stood out to us as particularly unique and inventive; more on the Paradise Found palette in a moment!

Followers of Design Your Lifestyle are well aware how high a value we place on color design. This is especially the case for weddings; color palettes are often the first decision made by brides, grooms and planners. The color scheme of a wedding ceremony, reception and festivities sets the tone for the occasion, and modern couples constantly search for unique color ideas to stand apart from other weddings in their season.

Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette
Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette

A quote from Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute:

“Color is a powerful tool – not just for enhancing aesthetics that are critical to every element of a wedding – but to evoke emotion and create the special mood that a couple wishes to communicate throughout their special day from playful and adventurous to romantic and timeless, and everything in between. In concert with the resources and planning tools from WeddingWire, these custom palettes created by The Pantone Color Institute are intended to help couples navigate their color and design choices in an inspiring, meaningful and uniquely memorable way.”

We are extremely enamored with the Paradise Found color palette cultivated by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire for the 2019 wedding season. The 10 colors in the collection resonate so beautifully with the Pantone Spring 2019 collection and its blend of inviting sea and sky tones. Paradise Found also finds harmony with Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.

The steady Blanc de Blanc and Deep Lagoon provide a backbone for the audacious Firecracker and Blue Curacao. The pastel warmth of Papaya Punch is offset neatly by the blue-green of Fanfare and Spectra Green. The rich, dazzling Golden Egg rounds out the Paradise Found collection.

Again, we strongly encourage you to read the entire original article on 2019 Wedding Color Palettes by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire.

Here is a sneak peek at the eight colors selected for the Paradise Found 2019 wedding color palette.

Paradise Found | 2019 Wedding Color Palette

Curated by Pantone and Wedding Wire

Papaya Punch (PANTONE 15-1433 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Papaya Punch

Firecracker (PANTONE 16-1452 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Firecracker

Blue Curacao (PANTONE 15-4825 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blue Curacao

Fanfare (PANTONE 18-4936 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Fanfare

Spectra Green (PANTONE 17-5335 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Spectra Green

Deep Lagoon (PANTONE 19-4540 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Deep Lagoon

Blanc de Blanc (PANTONE 11-4800 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blanc de Blanc

Golden Egg (PANTONE 20-0034 TPM)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Golden Egg

What do YOU think about the Pantone & Wedding Wire “Paradise Found” 2019 wedding color palette? Which colors in the collection are your favorite? Scroll down and leave a comment!

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend and a holiday. It’s a chance to honor America’s military veterans and heroes who laid down their lives for the security and stability of the United States.

There are many ways to remember America’s finest and show honor and respect on Memorial Day. As any great designer will tell you, color can represent thoughts, feelings and emotions beautifully.

The official ribbon color of Memorial Day is yellow. But why? The earliest roots of the tradition tie to the poem “She wore a yellow ribbon”, which has been in existence for roughly 4 centuries. In it, a woman wears a yellow ribbon while waiting for a man she loves to return from a great test or trial. The tradition carried on through Protestant England, where the Puritan Army wore yellow ribbons and sashes during the English Civil War.

Yellow became the official color of the armor branch of the U.S. Army, and was first brought into popular culture by the artist Frederic Remington.

The poem “She wore a yellow ribbon” was updated into song and first published in 1917 as a military marching song by George Norton. However, the yellow ribbon’s popularity and tie to the U.S. military became entrenched during World War II, when the song was re-written and released in the 1949 film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”. Versions of the song were released by the Andrews Sisters, Mitch Miller and others.

Modern Americans are much more familiar with the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree”, although it will surprise many to know it was not written until the 1970s.

What other Memorial Day colors are appropriate besides yellow?

Variations of red, white and blue are always welcome on Memorial Day. We also love the idea of using military shades of green to signify respect and remembrance of American soldiers and military members.

We’ve included six official Pantone colors that we think are great options for Memorial Day.

What colors do you use to observe Memorial Day? Leave a comment!

Memorial Day Design | Official Pantone Colors

Pantone Yellow C

Memorial Day official color Pantone yellow C

Pantone American Beauty

Memorial Day official color American Beauty

Pantone Star Sapphire

Memorial Day official color star sapphire

Pantone Navy Peony

Memorial Day official color  navy peony

Pantone Star White

Memorial Day official color star white

Pantone Military Olive

Memorial Day official color military olive

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Gorgeous Custom Grilles Add Luxury to Cabinetry + Kitchen Design Spaces

Making your kitchen design and cabinetry stand out from the pack is tough. Whether traditional or transitional, so many kitchens end up looking highly comparable to others. So how do you make your design unique? What can you do to separate your kitchen (and kitchen cabinets) from the rest?

The answer: custom design elements.

We’re always looking for custom elements that will help design clients own a kitchen that looks like no other. In the past, we’ve shown you fully customizable La Cornue ranges and appliances, reclaimed tin range hoods from Route 66, and even a motorized bar crafted out of a ’59 Corvette.

Now, we’re excited to introduce you to our latest find: a line of custom grilles crafted out of gorgeous, versatile materials.

These custom grilles are crafted in the United Kingdom, and available in a myriad of metals and finishes. From polished to satin finishes, nickel to brass, and a wide array of colors and tones, these grilles aren’t a “one size fits all” affair.

The beautiful rosette features on many of the grilles are eye-catching. For a more transitional look, considering matching the color and finish of your grille – satin nickel grilles and rosettes, for example. A more traditional, elegant approach would be to match polished nickel grilles with brass rosettes (like the Instagram post above).

We love the tight mesh backing on these custom grilles, which add a great deal of stability. The opportunities to use these grilles on cabinetry, There’s plenty of space to play with the size and spacing of the large diamond pattern, depending on how much design space you’re looking to cover.

What do YOU think about these custom grilles? How would you utilize them in your design? Do you like how they look on cabinetry? Are you more intrigued by mixed finishes and colors, or a more streamlined approach? Leave us a comment!

All Green Everything | A Pantone-Inspired Guide to Green Tones in 2019 Design

All Green Everything | A Pantone-Inspired Guide to Green Tones in 2019 Design

Green is not going anywhere.

Green design is less of a ‘trend’ and more of a movement. The cultural shift towards ‘green design’ began with environmentally conscious ideals and eco-friendly materials, in an effort to create more sustainable living spaces without sacrificing quality.

But as with any shift in design focus, the movement towards ‘green design’ spread past its original boundaries. Over the last 24 months, the phrase ‘going green’ not only applies to sustainable home design – it applies to home design color palettes as well.

Two full years after Greenery was named Pantone 2017 Color of the Year, green tones still permeate the color design landscape (and seasonal Pantone color palettes). Evoking natural imagery, pairing beautifully with indoor plants, and providing a generally strong complement to neutral, brown and white tones, green has gone from a home design afterthought to a first choice for many kitchen and bath designers.

The variety of green tones selected by Pantone over the last 2 years is rich. Deep greens like Terrarium Moss and Kale are adjacent to brown neutrals. Blue-green shades like Arcadia and Quetzal Green are almost oceanic, with an emerald-sapphire jewel tone. Pepper Stem and Greenery are classic shades of green that provide balance to fresh design palettes. (And if you’re living on the wild side, there’s always a tone like Lime Punch for you!)

Which green shades are right for your kitchen design or bath design? Which fit well into the overall color palettes presented by Pantone over the last five seasonal design collections?

Here are the green tones presented in Pantone’s seasonal color collections from Spring 2017 through Spring 2019.

Green Tones in Pantone Seasonal Color Collections: Spring 2017 – Spring 2019

Terrarium Moss (Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection)

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem (Pantone Spring 2019 Color Collection)

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

Quetzal Green (Pantone Fall 2018 Color Collection)

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Lime Punch (Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection)

Pantone Spring 2018 color Lime Punch

Arcadia (Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection)

Pantone Spring 2018 color Arcadia

Kale (Pantone Spring 2017 Color Collection)

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Greenery (Pantone 2017 Color of the Year; Spring 2017 Color Collection)

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.
Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Which of these seven shades of Pantone green is your favorite? Which one are you most likely to incorporate into a kitchen design or bath design? Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Glass Cabinetry | Open Your Kitchen Design Space

Current kitchen design focuses on clean, fresh colors, a healthy dose of light, and a sense of ‘open space’ – even in tight quarters. How do today’s best designers maximize the space available in each new kitchen, and make even small kitchens seem larger than the space they occupy?

For many, glass cabinetry is the answer. Simple glass panels on the front of kitchen cabinets allow for greater, more varied applications of light, as well as ‘open up’ the design space. Glass cabinets can feature beautiful dishware, stemware and accessories, as well as provide a needed ‘break’ for the eye in a stretch of closed-off cabinet space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Used in intelligent doses, glass provides wonderful reflection of ambient light sources, as well as the opportunity to add more light to your kitchen design. Glass panels open up the front of your cabinets, allowing interior and recessed lighting within the cabinets themselves to radiate out into the kitchen design space. The result is a brighter kitchen without going overboard on accent lighting and island lighting (or using an overbearing quantity of high hats).

In the white transitional kitchen pictured below, placing glass cabinets both adjacent to the large window features and the far design wall allows natural light to reflect beautifully throughout the space, allowing the large kitchen to be well-lit with a minimal amount of ceiling fixtures.

Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design - stunning and trendy.
Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 new white kitchen design – stunning and trendy.

Glass cabinets can also create an elegant effect, like the ones seen below in Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. The glass cabinetry features gorgeous blue plates and glassware to match the La Cornue range, rotisserie and chandeliers. Recessed lighting within the cabinets adds a luxurious glow to the kitchen, and mirrors the accent lighting inside the recessed Swarovski crystal ceiling feature.

Larissa Taboryski of Purcell Murray and La Cornue hosts a cooking class at Peter Salerno Inc.'s showroom.
Glass cabinetry in the La Cornue feature of Peter Salerno Inc.’s showroom.

The addition of glass cabinet faces helps open up the walls in the transitional design below. High-hat recessed lighting is placed around the ceiling’s perimeter to utilize these glass surfaces in carrying their light around the kitchen space. These tall, vertical glass cabinets help elongate the room, and provide pleasant breaks of the flat gray wall spaces for the eye to enjoy. The transparent cabinets also play nicely against the reclaimed tin on the recessed ceiling and the twin refrigerator doors.

This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.
This Jupiter, FL kitchen utilizes glass cabinets to open the design space.

Glass cabinetry also helps add depth to more ornate kitchen designs (like the one seen below). The mirrored ceiling only augments the traditional curved cabinetry on either side of the range, with recessed cabinet lighting to highlight the gorgeous dishware stored inside. The additional depth created by the glass cabinetry blends seamlessly with the twin archways into the dining room and hall on either side of the kitchen, helping add perceived length to the space.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

Making the simple choice to use glass on your kitchen cabinets reaps tremendous benefits. It allows the owner to display dish and stemware, while adding additional light to the design space through the use of recessed cabinet lighting. It reflects both ambient light and lighting fixtures, adding a layer of brightness to the entire kitchen. Glass cabinetry also provides a ‘break’ for the eye along a flat design wall, as well as a point of focus to break up long rows of closed-off cabinetry.

What’s your take on glass cabinetry? Do you utilize it in your designs? Is it an idea you’re playing with for your next kitchen design or renovation? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.
Glass cabinetry helps your kitchen design feel fresh, open and bright.

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Today’s Trending Kitchen Design Features on Instagram

Instagram has become THE must-watch social media platform for designers and design enthusiasts. Kitchen design inspiration is everywhere on Instagram – but which posts are “on trend”, and which are simply filler content?

Here are 5 kitchen design trends we’ve identified in recent Instagram posts (courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.’s Instagram account) that we think you NEED to watch.

1. Chevron Tile (with creative materials)

Chevron tile is starting to make a challenge to classic subway tile in today’s trending kitchen backsplash designs. If you’re going with a chevron pattern, take the extra step of using bold, eye-catching materials. The use of turquoise as a feature design material in the chevron tile pattern below turns a yawner into a real winner!

 

2. Quartz and Quartzite… as Kitchen Islands!

Yes, quartz is a true contender to the marble throne when it comes to kitchen countertops… but who knew it could be utilized as the main material for a kitchen island base? This quartz island base features cabinet cutouts and a simple white countertop, drawing attention to the island itself rather than the top. This is a bold choice that we love (and that we’re following closely)!

3. Statement Sinks and Sink Basins

This proposed sink basin (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a jaw-dropping statement piece. Much like the quartz island base above, the real trend here is making statements with the often ‘forgotten’ elements in your kitchen or bath design. Instead of focusing all your effort on the counter, the backsplash, or other ‘expected’ design areas, why not stand apart from the crowd by featuring a unique design piece like this sink?

4. 3-D Renderings: A MUST from Design Consultants and Firms

If your design consultant or design team aren’t offering high-quality 3-D renderings of their design proposals, you simply aren’t getting the experience you deserve from today’s design industry. Custom 3-D renderings of your future kitchen design have gone from ‘luxury’ to ‘necessity’, and you owe it to yourself to see your design space as a finished product before work in your home even begins.

5. Using Kitchen Seating to Continue Design Patterns

The geometric square pattern on the back of these chairs allow the designer to weave the kitchen’s overall theme through its island counter seating. The ability to continue patterns and themes through kitchen seating helps tie in the overall design aesthetic and keep your kitchen cohesive.

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

Pantone’s Spring 2019 Warm Tones | Spice Up Your Home Design

This spring, why not dare to add a little spice to your home design?

If you’re looking for ‘permission’ to heat up your home’s color palette, look no further than Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color intelligence. The Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is the most audacious Spring palette in years. Led by Living Coral – the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year – the warm tones in the Spring 2019 collection are approachable, festive and begging to be utilized in your designs.

Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones add spice to home design.

As convivial as the Pantone Spring 2019 palette may be, it’s not like hot pinks and oranges are simple to implement into home design – especially in the kitchen and bath. You can take that information in one of two ways – it can either be a signal to stay away, or a challenge to see what you can do! (To be clear: BOTH approaches are just fine by us. We happen to think that a cooler color from this collection may be the breakout color in 2019 kitchen design – click here to find out which one!)

It’s much simpler to lean on the neutrals, blues and greens in the Spring 2019 Pantone collection for design purposes; sometimes, the simple choice is the proper one for your home. But if you’re feeling a little spicy, there are definitely ways to incorporate some of the hotter tones of Spring 2019 into your kitchen, bath and home decor.

Here’s a look at four of our favorite warm tones from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection, and how you can utilize them to add a ‘kick’ to your home design!

Pantone Spring 2019 Warm Tones + Home Design

1. Living Coral

Living Coral, Pantone Spring 2019 color

The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year didn’t get that honor by accident. Living Coral is far more complementary than it appears, with its upbeat vibe and natural underwater presence. Living Coral pairs beautifully with most light neutrals, a nice variety of blues, and (sparingly) with other red tones.

Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) provides a great punch of color without overwhelming the senses. Try it on accent walls, in tile, stemware and dishware, and virtually any decor. This especially holds true if you’re looking for a fresh new splash for a beach home, condo or house in a warmer climate.

2. Aspen Gold

Aspen Gold, Pantone Spring 2019 color

A bit ‘safer’ than some of the other Pantone Spring 2019 warm tones, Aspen Gold is a warm color with a lot of versatility. An eye-catching shade of yellow, Aspen Gold blends beautifully with off-white, cream, taupe and brown neutrals – perfect for those of you looking to take advantage of trends like neutral-based kitchen designs and exposed vintage wood beams.

If you want to warm up your home design but don’t feel like taking a plunge into extremely bold territory, Aspen Gold is a smart choice.

3. Fiesta

Fiesta, Pantone Spring 2019 color

Fiesta may be too hot for some, but those with a deft color design touch can hit a home run with this punchy red. We’re not sure if you want to ‘lead’ with Fiesta, but it can make a spicy dance partner as a complementary shade in neutrally-dominated color schemes.

If your kitchen, bath or living space is too ‘flat’ (maybe you’ve gone TOO neutral with your color choices thus far?), then Fiesta can pack a massive punch in minimal doses. You don’t need to do a lot with Fiesta; apply sparingly, and let one of the hottest colors of Spring 2019 do the talking.

 

4. Mango Mojito

Mango Mojito, Pantone Spring 2019 color

If you’re looking for a tangy color to start an immediate conversation, Mango Mojito might be the one for you. You’ll want to think outside the box with this orange tone – if all you’re going to do is use Mango Mojito in throws, pillows and other predictable accessories, why bother? If you’re going to “go Mango”, you might as well go for broke!

Be imaginative, and come up with a fan way that Mango Mojito can work for you! Can you incorporate it into your bath tile, backsplash or floor tile? Is it a spicy choice for the base of your kitchen island? Perhaps you’ll give your dinner dishware a ‘southwest flair’. The possibilities – if approached intelligently – can reap a massive design reward.

We want to hear from YOU! Which warm tone from the Pantone Spring 2019 color collection is YOUR choice as a home design star? Leave a comment!