6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

Autumn is a wonderful time for home design! With Pantone releasing two distinct color palettes for Fall 2017 (New York and London), professional and amateur designers alike have an incredible array of hues to play with in their new design projects.

Neutral tones are the anchor of most great designs. But 2017’s design trends have proven that neutrals can be the feature of your home design color scheme, not just an afterthought!

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of six autumn-inspired seasonal neutral tones that we think work wonderfully in home design palettes. Each color is accompanied by its Pantone color identification number, so sharing it with your design team will be a breeze!

Let’s take a look at 6 seasonal neutral tones for your Autumn 2017 design.

1. Pumpkin Spice

When autumn comes around, it seems like everything turns into Pumpkin Spice. From coffee to candles, muffins to pasta to gum (yes, we’re serious), pumpkin spice has taken over fall. So why shouldn’t it have a place in your autumn design?

2. Oak Buff

We love this color. Oak Buff is a sophisticated tan neutral that provides just enough warmth to draw attention. A Pantone color that emulates light wood grains, Oak Buff is a wonderfully versatile tan neutral that fits in virtually any design scheme you can dream up.

3. Autumn Maple

One of Pantone’s Fall 2017 collection colors, Autumn Maple is a vibrant orange-brown mix that brings to mind beautiful fall foliage. Definitely not your average, sedate brown shade, Autumn Maple brings some spice to the design table.

4. Fall Leaf

If you’re looking for a muted yellow or tan for your home design, Fall Leaf certainly fits the bill. Fall Leaf manages to be a sturdy, complementary neutral without being drab or boring – or worse yet, a shade of yellow that screams more “seasick” than “chic”.

5. Autumn Leaf

If you like a bit more reddish “pop” to your Pantone browns, then Autumn Leaf might be for you. With more than enough rusty red to serve as a primary design color, Autumn Leaf is great for home design that strives to be warm, inviting and cozy.

6. Harvest Gold

If you’re firmly on board with metallics as a design trend, then Harvest Gold is a great option for your next design project. This golden Pantone color manages to provide enough metallic pizzazz without being overbearing or dwarfing the other colors in your design.

The Perfect Pink Colors for Your 2017 Baby Girl’s Nursery

The Perfect Pink Colors for Your 2017 Baby Girl’s Nursery

Welcome to the world (and our family), Olivia Katherine!

Olivia is the beautiful first child to Peter Salerno Inc. design team member Nadya and her husband Yury. At just over one month old, this precious baby girl is already showing a ton of personality – and a real talent of posing for the camera. See for yourself!

Welcome baby girl Olivia Katherine to our design family!
Welcome baby girl Olivia Katherine to our design family!

Of course, the birth of any child is reason enough to celebrate. But here at Design Your Lifestyle, we’re taking the opportunity to tie in Fall 2017 design to this magical moment. After all, there are some perfect colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 color collection for a baby girl’s nursery!

Of course, the rulebook is out the window when it comes to gender and color design. But if you’re expecting a baby girl and want to take the traditional approach, then soft pink hues are the way to go! And luckily for us, Pantone’s two Fall 2017 color palettes (New York and London) each have a practically perfect pink for your nursery design.

We’ve highlighted each shade of pink in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection below, as well as one warm, cozy neutral to help you balance your design.

Again, congratulations to Nadya and Yury on the birth of beautiful Olivia Katherine – and we hope that you and your own little girl fall in love with these chic and cozy design colors for a girl’s nursery in 2017!

2017’s Perfect Pantone Pinks for a Baby Girl’s Nursery

Primrose Pink
Primrose Pink is a “barely there” shade of pink that may appear off-white from a distance. Upon closer inspection, viewers and designers will find a delicate, faint hue that is inviting without ever being overwhelming. Primrose Pink is a beautiful touch to accents, full wall paint, and furniture.

Primrose Pink (Pantone 12-2904 TCX).

Ballet Slipper
Ballet Slipper is slightly warmer than Primrose Pink, and the name absolutely matches the color. Perfect for full wall paint, an accent wall, or half wall paint (over a chair rail or wainscoting), this blushing pink reminds us of rose quartz.
Ballet Slipper (Pantone 13-2808 TCX):

The Perfectly Paired Neutral: Butterum
Butterum is just warm enough to be the perfect neutral accompaniment to Fall 2017’s delicate Pantone pinks. A bit brighter than other Fall 2017 brown neutrals (like Toast and Otter), Butterum is a great choice for light wood-toned accents, chair rails and wainscoting, and decor accessories.
Pair Butterum (Pantone 16-1341) with any light pink!

An Anniversary Celebration and A Caramel Apple Martini Recipe

An Anniversary Celebration and A Caramel Apple Martini Recipe

Caramel Apple Martini Recipe courtesy of FoodViva.com

The weekend of October 4, 2014, was an exceptionally beautiful one for many reasons. The rain cleared on Saturday afternoon, making way for a crisp, classic autumn weekend in New Jersey. The sun poked its face out of the clouds much of the weekend, and the cold air held off just long enough to make a beautiful October weekend outdoors possible.

Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.
Caramel Apple Martini, the official drink of a beautiful October wedding.

For Peter Salerno, his family, friends, and the Peter Salerno Inc. team, it was especially beautiful. Gabrielle Salerno, the head of Customer Relations and Social Media Outreach for Peter Salerno Inc., married the love of her life (the wonderful Brian Mayer), and Mr. and Mrs. Mayer were the focal point of an intimate and stunning wedding and beautiful reception.

It’s been three years since Gabrielle and Brian’s wedding day, and the couple has since welcomed beautiful baby Brielle into their lives (as well as their puppy Harper). But there’s a delicious way we can all celebrate such a special occasion.

In honor of their 3rd anniversary, we’re sharing Gabrielle & Brian’s “special” reception cocktail with you all – a sweet Caramel Apple Martini that will perk you up on a cool fall day. While the reception venue (the Estate at Florentine Gardens) has its own proprietary recipe for a Caramel Apple Martini, Peter Salerno Inc. has found its own favorite recipe for the drink online.

The lovely Caramel Apple Martini cocktail recipe in question is courtesy of FoodViva, and it’s a perfect marriage (much like Gabrielle and Brian!) of laid-back and appealing.

So if you’re 21 and over, and you love the idea of a smooth cocktail on a fall day, then make yourself a Caramel Apple Martini, raise a glass to the happy couple, and enjoy!

Caramel Apple Martini recipe (courtesy FoodViva):

Ingredients

  • 30 ml (1 oz) Vodka
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Sour Apple Pucker
  • 60 ml (2 oz) Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Directions

  1. Fill up cocktail shaker half way through with crushed ice.
  2. Add all martini ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake for 30-35 seconds.
  3. Pour mixed drink through strainer into serving glass, drop cherry in it and serve.

As an added treat (as pictured courtesy of SocialifeNJ), try garnishing the rim of your glass with caramel and crushed almonds!

Fall 2017: 201 Magazine Features Gorgeous Kitchen Design Photos

Fall 2017: 201 Magazine Features Gorgeous Kitchen Design Photos

Once again, (201) Magazine sets the bar extraordinarily high with a stunning kitchen design layout.

The latest Home Issue of (201) Magazine (for Fall 2017) features an article titled “For a Rising Culinary Creator”. The photography in the article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography, and the kitchen was designed by Peter Salerno Inc. of Wyckoff, New Jersey.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, in the Home Issue of 201 Magazine, Fall 2017.
Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, in the Home Issue of 201 Magazine, Fall 2017.

The kitchen contractor is Anthony Vero of DiVero Electric and Remodeling in Mahwah, New Jersey.

We love the exposed beams and stone work leading into the kitchen (the photo on the right), with gorgeous archway moulding framing your view into the modern kitchen design. Peter Rymwid’s expert photography of the Peter Salerno Inc. design perfectly captures the custom range hood fixture over the kitchen island that serves as the focal point of the kitchen design.

Once inside the kitchen, the “wishbone” design of the island seating really captures the imagination. As with much 2017 transitional design, neutrals and whites act as the featured color palette of the design. The crisp white of the chairs and custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry.

We also love the oversized exposed spice rack on the wall, and the beautiful La Cornue rotisserie wall feature that’s mounted several feet from it.

Other featured appliances come from Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele, and U-Line (the wine refrigerators).

“The best part of the project was the collaboration with the owners,” Peter Salerno told (201) Magazine in the article. “They are artistic, and were not afraid to go with something edgy.”

The flow from the backsplash to the base of the kitchen island to the flooring really ties this beautiful kitchen design together.

For more information about this Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, make sure you grab the Fall 2017 Home Issue of (201) Magazine!

The Cooler Colors of Fall 2017, According to Pantone

Pantone Fall 2017 Color Collections Include These Cooler Shades

Beautiful blues and purples. The cooler shades of the color spectrum aren’t necessarily the dominant ones in Pantone’s dual Fall 2017 color collections. (That distinction belongs to the neutral palette.)

But the set of cool colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 New York and London color collections are engaging nonetheless. We’ve discussed the versatility of Navy Peony (which anchors both collections) at length in previous articles, but that’s just the beginning. Two airy shades of blue, a mysterious blue-green and a regal shade of purple make this season’s “cool tones” attention-worthy.

The blues and purples in Pantone’s Fall 2017 color collections lack a bit of cohesion, so don’t expect them all to work in the same design palette. (The reds and pinks are much better for that.) But with a wide variety of cooler tones comes the ability to play and expand your options.

From Shaded Spruce to Blue Bell, Marina to Royal Lilac, these five colors in Pantone Fall 2017 New York and London collections each present their own strengths and opportunities.

How will you choose to design with them? At the bottom of this article, VOTE on your favorite blue/purple shade from the Pantone Fall 2017 color collections!

Pantone Blues and Purples For Fall 2017

1. Navy Peony

Pantone Fall 2017 color collection Navy Peony

2. Blue Bell

Pantone Fall 2017 color collection Blue Bell

3. Shaded Spruce

Pantone Fall 2017 color collection Shaded Spruce

4. Royal Lilac

Pantone Fall 2017 color collection Royal Lilac

5. Marina

Pantone Fall 2017 color collection Marina

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations That Sizzle

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations That Sizzle

As the summer of 2017 winds down, we’ve been taking a look at Pantone’s Fall 2017 color reports. This year, Pantone divided its autumn color reports into London and New York, signifying slight variations in runway and home design trends on each side of the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ve seen the full collection of New York colors for Fall 2017. Now, let’s take a deeper look into the London color report from Pantone for the Fall of 2017.

Which colors are the most versatile? Which are the hardest to potentially work with? And which color combinations – both classic and bold – could be winners in your personal style and/or home design?

Pantone London Fall 2017: The MVP

Navy Peony

What can you say about the only color to appear on BOTH of Pantone’s Fall 2017 color reports (for New York and London)? The most versatile blue we’ve seen in years on Pantone reports, Navy Peony (Pantone 19-4029) can do anything it’s asked.

Need a stabilizing neutral? What about a feature tone in home design, or an anchor shade in your wardrobe? Navy Peony can truly cover it all.

Pantone Navy Peony: Fall 2017 London

Pantone London Fall 2017: The Wild Cards

Copper Tan

We like to think of Copper Tan as less of a “real color” and more of a nod to metallics as a real option in home design. Copper and brass fixtures, appliances, and decor are brilliant additions to your 2017 home design strategy, and Copper Tan (Pantone 16-1338) is Pantone’s nod to that trend.

Pantone Copper Tan: Fall 2017 London

Lemon Curry

Lemon Curry (Pantone 15-0751) is a head-scratcher at first. Staid, conservative designers will instantly avoid the mustard tone as garish or “too unusual”. But Lemon Curry is for the bold, and if properly utilized with a few color combinations (see below), can deliver dramatic results.

Pantone Lemon Curry: Fall 2017 London

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations: The Classic

Blue Bell and Toast

One of the most versatile color combinations available in Pantone’s London Fall 2017 color palette, the airiness of Blue Bell and the warm sturdiness of Toast combine for brilliant effect in home design, wardrobe, and basically anywhere. Think “blue skies and warm sand” – this color combination will keep your mind “on the beach” as the months get cooler.

Primrose Pink and Otter

A dark brown neutral and a faint blushing pink equal a beautiful blend of colors. Primrose Pink and Otter work brilliantly in fashion and in decor, especially if you’re trying to create an inviting, youthful vibe.

Lemon Curry and Navy Peony

Let this somewhat nautical blend grow on you, and you’ll realize how naturally Lemon Curry and Navy Peony flow together. Perhaps more a wardrobe play than a home design scheme, a mustard-yellow top and classic denim pants make for a head-turning fall 2017 look.

Pantone London Fall 2017 Color Combinations: The Daring

Golden Olive and Royal Lilac

A muted green and a vibrant purple provide a “natural” feel to autumn 2017 design. Golden Olive keeps the trend of “natural greens in 2017” fresh, while Royal Lilac evokes a field of fresh flowers.

Copper Tan and Navy Peony

Don’t think of Copper Tan and Navy Peony as the “only two colors” in a home design. Plant a very muted neutral between these two and watch the possibilities unfold. Utilize the copper tone of brass kitchen fixtures, a custom range hood or copper appliances alongside a steady navy color in cookware, range/oven, and furniture.

Lemon Curry and Flame Scarlet

Not for the faint of heart, Lemon Curry and Flame Scarlet is a color combination reserved for head-turners only! If you want a “va-voom” factor in your fall wardrobe, why not go for broke with this “scarlet and gold” approach? If your sitting room is a basic white or off-white, adding pops of these two colors in your decor will add a bold flare of color.

Top 5 ‘London’ Shades from Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report

Top 5 ‘London’ Shades from Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report

The Pantone Fall 2017 Color Report is split into 2 series: the New York Collection, which we profiled in an earlier column, and the London Collection. With 19 colors (one repeat between the 2 collections) between the New York and London Pantone series, there is a wide variety of options from which to draw design inspiration in the upcoming season.

The reason for the 2 separate collections is the “individuality” noted by Pantone experts in the New York and London Fashion Week color palettes, respectively. As Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, notes on their website:

“[I]ndividuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”

So what sets the London Color Report apart from New York? Pantone notes a distinct blend of “strong classics” and “unpredictable shades” in their Fall 2017 London collection.

Some of the London shades closely mirror those in the New York collection (compare Flame Scarlet and Grenadine, Toast and Butterum, and Primrose Pink and Ballet Slipper), while others step apart entirely. As with the New York series, we enjoy the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report for its reliance on some great brown-based neutrals and a handful of strong warm tones.

The London collection sits a bit closer to overall 2017 color trends, including natural greens and a pretty intriguing metallic tone (more on that later). There’s also one strong tone that appears in both the London and New York Pantone collections.

Out of the 10 colors featured in the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report, we’ve narrowed the field to our 5 favorite shades. Our selections are based on colors which exhibit versatility and lend themselves well to home design, particularly kitchen and bath design.

Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Report: Our 5 Favorites

1. Navy Peony

How could we not lead with the most popular, sturdy and versatile color of Fall 2017? Navy Peony is an anchor shade in both the New York and London Pantone color reports for the autumn of 2017. Navy Peony has the ability to operate as a featured color and a neutral, offering a great option if you’re tired of browns, whites and off-whites in your design arsenal.

Pantone Navy Peony: Fall 2017 London

2. Otter

We’re really into Otter Brown, a grayish-brown neutral with a ton of possibilities. Otter is a great secondary color design option to offset a bright shade in your design, or an intriguing woodsy option for flooring, counter space, or even an accent wall in a natural-themed room.

Pantone Otter: Fall 2017 London

3. Copper Tan

Copper is one of our favorite feature metallic shades in 2017 design trends, and Copper Tan stood out to us immediately as an intriguing way to present a “metallic tone” in pure color. This warm, brassy reddish-brown is lighter than most tones in its family and can be used to great effect as a featured color – either in accessories or main design elements.

Pantone Copper Tan: Fall 2017 London

4. Royal Lilac

A stately and timeless shade of purple, Royal Lilac is perfect for Fall 2017 designers who want a touch of reliability in their design scheme. From accent walls to tile, decor to furniture, Royal Lilac is a great color that manages to beautifully bridge the gap between eye-popping and relaxing.

Pantone Royal Lilac: Fall 2017 London

5. Lemon Curry

Easily our most audacious choice from the Pantone Fall 2017 London Color Series, Lemon Curry is a take-no-prisoners hue that borrows from the “natural” trend in 2017 color design. Unlike Greenery or Golden Lime, however, Lemon Curry is an unyielding mustard color that draws the eye without being overly garish. Try it as a secondary color in your kitchen design!

Pantone Lemon Curry: Fall 2017 London