Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Versatile Complementary Colors

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Versatile Complementary Colors

In our first breakdown of the Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette, we introduced you to the brightest shades in this season’s collection. Now, it’s time to let the neutrals take center stage… but trust us, these neutrals certainly aren’t shy about drawing attention.

2017 was, in many ways, the year of neutrals in color design and home design. The days of neutral tones being complementary colors and background shades in home design are long gone. From stunning white kitchens to bold browns and tans (like 2017’s Autumn Maple and Toast) that dominated living room and bathroom design, neutral tones took over the design landscape.

The Pantone Spring 2018 color palette features 3 tones that we’re grouping into a “versatile complementary colors” category: Almost Mauve, Emperador, and Chili Oil. While some may take exception with our categorization of Chili Oil, we think this brick red tone is a prime example of the audacious steps that home designers may take with color schemes in 2018 – plus, you’ll find it pairs beautifully as a complementary shade with many of Spring 2018’s brighter color options.

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 the 3 versatile colors we think color design and home design experts will be using to balance their design schemes during the Spring 2018 design season!

Almost Mauve (Pantone 12-2103)

Almost Mauve is the most delicate neutral Pantone’s selected in years. It’s also perhaps the most intelligent selection in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette. With so many gorgeous, floral pastels in the collection (Blooming Dahlia, Spring Crocus, etc.), this off-white with a touch of pastel is a gorgeous anchor neutral.

Almost Mauve screams “bath design”, with a soft off-white tone that lends itself perfectly to tile design, porcelains and appliances. Don’t be afraid to work with Almost Mauve to create a white kitchen design that comes with a built-in sense of warmth.

Emperador (Pantone 18-1028)

Much like Otter from Pantone’s 2017 color palette, Emperador is a smart chocolate brown that gives a real “backbone” to the Spring 2018 collection. Just like fashion designers loved Emperador for Spring 2018 accessories on the runway, so too will home designers utilize Emperador as the perfect complementary shade for kitchen design and living spaces.

Take Emperador as a cue for anything (and everything) to do with accessories and decor, as well as using rich brown hues in your kitchen’s backsplash, flooring, counters and furniture.

Chili Oil (Pantone 18-1440)

Man, do we love Chili Oil. This “brick” color has just enough red to pop and just enough brown to lay back and let other colors dominate. All told, Chili Oil may be remembered as the most versatile shade in Pantone’s Spring 2018 collection when we look back on it.

In terms of home design, Chili Oil may signal a simple return to exposed brick concepts. We also think the color works brilliantly as a complementary shade in paint schemes, a smart choice for decor accents and accessories, and custom ranges for kitchen design from companies like La Cornue.

Plus, why not take Chili Oil as an invitation to use red-hued wood in your flooring?

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | The Bright Tones

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | The Bright Tones

Color design lovers, prepare for an explosion of color in Spring 2018! Pantone has released its Spring 2018 color palette that offers 12 bold color choices, as well as a “Classic color palette” that presents another 4 selections.

It’s a huge leap forward 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.

Pantone’s Spring 2018 color palette delivers a knockout punch of bright colors, floral blooms, and vibrant tones. It’s interesting to note that the neutral tones selected for the Spring 2018 collection are a departure from grays and off-blacks of past seasons. Instead, Pantone focuses its neutral tones on woodsy, earthy browns and gentle off-whites.

In this article, we’ll focus in on the 3 brightest colors in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette, and what makes them valuable to your design palette this season. From a knockout green to a bright red-orange to a versatile yellow, these 3 Pantone colors will liven up your Spring 2018 designs in a big way!

Lime Punch (Pantone 13-0550)

There might not be a more aptly named color in the Pantone palette than Lime Punch. An absolutely knockout neon shade of green, Lime Punch is the most in-your-face, unapologetic color in the Spring 2018 collection… and we love it.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Lime Punch

Many people will look at Lime Punch and instantly dismiss it as a “fashion design color only”. While that may be the case in a lot of circumstances, Lime Punch certainly has utility in home design as well. A splash of this hot green into a living space, beach home, or even a bath design can jazz up a design in no time.

Cherry Tomato (Pantone 17-1563)

Pantone’s Cherry Tomato is the color of… well, a cherry tomato. Much like Lime Punch, it’s a perfectly labeled shade, a bright red hue bordering ever-so-slightly on orange. It’s a zesty shade, and a definite departure from more conservative red shades in past Pantone seasonal palettes.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Cherry Tomato

Cherry Tomato is naturally a dominating color in any design, so use it sparingly and wisely. More of a complementary shade than a primary design element, Cherry Tomato (when used properly) can be a fantastic way to spice up a kitchen design or living area redecoration.

Meadowlark (Pantone 13-0646)

We’re not sure if the name of this yellow is a tip of the cap to Meadowlark Lemon, renowned member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Perhaps it’s just reflective of the bright yellow breast of the Meadowlark itself. Either way, this sun-lit shade of yellow certainly captures the essence of lemon in its tone, and officially leads the charge of bright colors in the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Meadowlark

Meadowlark is a versatile yellow – just bold enough to grab your attention, and just subtle enough to pair well with a variety of colors in your home design. A natural winner in kitchen design, bath design and any outdoor space, Meadowlark is a great way to bring some “pop” into the color of your home design without being overbearing.

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Pantone Releases Expanded Spring 2018 Color Palette

Color design lovers, prepare for an explosion of color in Spring 2018! Pantone has released its Spring 2018 color palette for New York Fashion Week that offers 12 bold color choices, as well as a “Classic color palette” that presents another 4 selections.

It’s a huge leap forward 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.

The Spring 2018 expansion to 16 colors provides an even larger palette from which to choose – and that doesn’t even include the “London” color palette!

Pantone’s Spring 2018 color palette delivers a knockout punch of bright colors, floral blooms, and vibrant tones. It’s interesting to note that the neutral tones selected for the Spring 2018 collection are a departure from grays and off-blacks of past seasons. Instead, Pantone focuses its neutral tones on woodsy, earthy browns and gentle off-whites.

The Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette screams “yacht party” with its 4 nautical colors. Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist, Warm Sand, and Coconut Milk are a traditional color design lover’s dream come true.

The combination of bright, floral colors and earthy neutrals is of particular interest to home design and interior design teams (like our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc.)

Taking a cue from Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette dares to be optimistic, warm, and upbeat.

We’ll be delving into each of the 16 colors in Pantone’s Spring 2018 collection in the coming weeks. For now, here’s an overview of the entire Pantone color palette for Spring 2018.

Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette: The 16 Colors Selected

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 Pantone Palette

PANTONE 13-0646 Meadowlark
PANTONE 17-1563 Cherry Tomato
PANTONE 16-4132 Little Boy Blue
PANTONE 18-1440 Chili Oil
PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender
PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia
PANTONE 16-5533 Arcadia
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet – Pantone 2018 Color of the Year
PANTONE 18-1028 Emperador
PANTONE 12-2103 Almost Mauve
PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus
PANTONE 13-0550 Lime Punch

Spring 2018 Pantone Classic Color Palette

PANTONE 19-4034 Sailor Blue

PANTONE 14-4202 Harbor Mist

PANTONE 15-1214 Warm Sand

PANTONE 11-0608 Coconut Milk

Super Bowl 52 Design: New England Patriots Official Pantone Colors

Super Bowl 52 Design: New England Patriots Official Pantone Colors

In our last article, we gave you the official Pantone team colors of the Philadelphia Eagles so you can show your Philly pride heading into Super Bowl 52. So it’s only right that we do the same for the New England Patriots as well!

The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL landscape for virtually the entire 21st century, appearing in 6 Super Bowls since the 2001 NFL season. Besides their 6 Super Bowl appearances in 17 seasons (and 4 Super Bowl victories), the Patriots have also appeared in a whopping 12 AFC Championship Games since 2001 – including 7 in a row from 2011-2017.

The Eagles and Patriots played a close, memorable game in Super Bowl XXXIX, in which the Patriots prevailed 24-21. That victory propelled New England to its 3rd Super Bowl victory in 4 seasons. In all, the dominant New England Patriots have appeared in 10 Super Bowl games (as of Super Bowl 52), more than any other NFL team.

But what are the official team colors of the New England Patriots? We have the answer!

Pantone is the world’s foremost authority on colors, color matching and color design. According to the official Pantone Color Matching System, we can provide you with the precise colors utilized by the New England Patriots when it comes to – well, just about everything!

If you want to decorate or paint your room, your kid’s room, man cave, or shrine to the New England Patriots with their official Patriots team colors, then look no further.

Here are the official New England Patriots team colors, according to Pantone:

New England Patriots Official Pantone Team Color Codes

New England Patriots Blue: “Nautical Blue”

Pantone Color Code: PMS 289 C

Hex Value (for web design): #0C2340

New England Patriots Silver: “New Century Silver”

Pantone Color Code: PMS 429 C

Hex Value (for web design): #A2AAAD

New England Patriots Red: Classic Red

Pantone Color Code: PMS 186 C

Hex Value (for web design): #C8102E

New England Patriots’ Other Team Colors

White (Opaque White)

 

Super Bowl 52 Design: Philadelphia Eagles Official Pantone Colors

Super Bowl 52 Design: Philadelphia Eagles Official Pantone Colors

For the second time in 13 years, the Philadelphia Eagles have won the NFC Championship and reached the Super Bowl. On February 4, 2018, the Eagles will play in Super Bowl 52 against a familiar foe – the New England Patriots.

Super Bowl 52 official team colors Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles and Patriots played a close, memorable game in Super Bowl XXXIX, in which the Patriots prevailed 24-21. The loss was particularly painful for Philadelphia, who dropped to 0-2 in Super Bowls and would not return to the NFL championship game… until now.

Click here for the official Pantone team colors of the New England Patriots!

Eagles fans feel like this was a charmed season, and Philly fans are known for being passionate, prideful and quick to show off their team colors.

But what are the official team colors of the Philadelphia Eagles? We have the answer!

Pantone is the world’s foremost authority on colors, color matching and color design. According to the official Pantone Color Matching System, we can provide you with the precise colors utilized by the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to – well, just about everything!

If you want to decorate or paint your room, your kid’s room, man cave, or shrine to the Philadelphia Eagles with their official Eagles team colors, then look no further.

Here are the official Philadelphia Eagles team colors, according to Pantone:

Philadelphia Eagles Official Pantone Team Color Codes

Philadelphia Eagles Green: “Midnight Green”

Pantone Color Code: PMS 316 C

Hex Value (for web design): #004851

Philadelphia Eagles Dark Gray: “Charcoal”

Pantone Color Code: PMS 6 C

Hex Value (for web design): #54585A

Philadelphia Eagles Silver: “Metallic Silver”

Pantone Color Code: PMS 8240 C Metallic

Hex Value (for web design): #8D9093

Philadelphia Eagles’ Other Team Colors:

Black (PMS Black 6 C); White (Opaque White)

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

Meet Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

If you had any questions as to whether or not 2018 was going to be a bold, vibrant year in design – well, Pantone just answered them.

Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. A confident, striking, and complex purple, Ultra Violet is touted by the color experts at Pantone as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful”.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

In their introduction of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year, Pantone refers to “enigmatic purples” as evocative of artistic and social brilliance, before invoking the names of such luminaries as Prince and Jimi Hendrix.

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.

Now that we have our Color of the Year, the question for home, interior, kitchen and bath designers is simple. Where do we go from here?

Ultra Violet is a bold choice by Pantone, and admittedly seems far better suited to fashion design that interior or industrial design – at least on first glance. Decor designers have already utilized Ultra Violet on accessories and furniture, ranging from lounges to lamps, carpets to chairs.

What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?
What brilliant, bold designs ideas will Ultra Violet inspire you to explore in 2018?

But will we see home designers bold enough to utilize Ultra Violet as a primary or statement shade for full room design? Is 2018 the year where purple dominates accent walls, wainscoting, and total area paint rather than throws, accessories and pillows?

Early returns are in, and reviews are generally positive for Pantone’s choice of Ultra Violet as 2018 Color of the Year. The Guardian appears captivated by Ultra Violet, providing a vivid display of photos utilizing the shade of purple. Meanwhile, the New York Times is a bit more cautious in its appraisal, calling the color more “wishful thinking” than a reflection of what’s actually happening in society.

But that’s part of the charm of Ultra Violet – sometimes, the color we put into our world is simply a reflection of what we want it to be. And by injecting a mystical, vivid, daydreamer’s shade of purple into 2018, perhaps Pantone is giving us all a way to design our lives into a positive state.

What’s YOUR take on Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year? Your opinion matters to us. Leave a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe to Design Your Lifestyle!

Our Favorite Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018

Our Favorite Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018

Thanks to Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc., we get to bring you exclusive insider access from the hottest, most influential kitchen and bath design industry convention of the year – KBIS 2018!

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase (KBIS) is a massive annual convention hosted by the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) that has grown into the most must-see design industry convention in North America. KBIS 2018 emanated from Orlando, Florida, which has become its home over the last several years.

The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.
The KBIS 2018 Conference takes place January 9-11, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Besides the largest kitchen and bath design exhibitor showcase in North America, KBIS 2018 was a spectacle to behold. From an opening keynote address from 4-time Super Bowl Champion Terry Bradshaw to the IBS closing concert from Chicago, KBIS was packed with innovation, information, networking opportunities and entertainment galore.

As owner of the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century, Peter Salerno is closely tied to the wonderful team at the NKBA, and makes it a point to visit the annual KBIS convention. In other years, Peter has appeared on panels, in videos and on stage to accept awards. This year, Peter took a step back and immersed himself in all the sights, sounds and news that KBIS 2018 had to offer.

And trust us – there was plenty to take in!

Peter Salerno Inc. provided us with these exclusive photos (and background information) from KBIS 2018, as a taste of who they saw, what they learned, and how the kitchen and bath design industry may be shaped in 2018.

For more information and access to these photos from KBIS 2018, please visit and follow Peter Salerno Inc. on Facebook!

Exclusive photos from KBIS 2018
Peter Salerno with the Miele family at KBIS 2018.
Lapitec introduced a counter space that provides induction heat.
…And Lapitec’s counter that helps you keep items chilled!
The Elkay USA sink display at KBIS 2018. Peter Salerno loved it!
The Argentin BBQ display at KBIS 2018.
Delta Faucet has partnered with Alexa to bring impressive tech into the kitchen in 2018.