Green Kitchen + Bath Design Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day 2020!

Green Kitchen + Bath Design Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day 2020!

Any day is a good day to “green” your living space – but if you need a festive excuse, look no further than St. Patrick’s Day! The most famous of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to get inspired by the green shades, tones and design elements that are trending in 2020.

We’re sure you’re expecting the usual fare in this article – shamrocks, green throw pillows and drapes, etc. Fear not – we’re bringing you something different!

How can you incorporate fresh greens and florals in a new and interesting way in your kitchen design? This article will help you answer those questions.

Of course, we should already be “going green” with as many design choices as possible, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious. So in terms of this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking the idea of “going green” a bit more literally.

Green isn’t the simplest color choice to use in a kitchen or bath design in 2020. With color design trending more and more towards neutral and white tones, it’s often hard to find a place for green as more than a complementary color. But is that really a problem? Utilized properly, a complementary green tone in your design can create quite the impression.

Let’s take a look at the official Pantone green tones of Spring 2020, and a few “outside the box” design ideas to add a splash of green this spring.

The Pantone Green Colors of Spring 2020

Irish Jig – PANTONE 17-6156

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Ultramarine Green – PANTONE 18-5338

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Ultramarine Green

Storm – PANTONE 19-5217

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Storm

Greenery – PANTONE 15-0343

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Greenery

Jasmine Green – PANTONE 15-0545

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Jasmine Green

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 “Outside the Box” Design Inspirations

1. Use deep greens to add a luxurious tone to wood-heavy designs.

Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.

2. Fresh greens, foliage and florals bring even more sunshine into a bright kitchen design.

Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.
Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.

3. In 2020, vegetables can be utilized as design elements (before ripe/ready to eat, of course!)

Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they're ready to eat.
Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they’re ready to eat.

Cinco De Mayo Colors | Official Updated Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo is more than just a big party – although a great excuse to fiesta is always welcome! For Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage worldwide, Cinco De Mayo is a day of national pride, honor and triumph. This article will help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo in proper style!

Cinco De Mayo literally means “May 5th” in Spanish. It’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla over the heavily-favored French Empire in 1862 – of course, the battle took place on May 5th. On that day, the French forces outnumbered Mexicans by double, but the Mexicans prevailed and established a sense of national pride and unity that had been lost in previous conflicts.

While not exactly an “Independence Day”, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and recognition of Mexican pride, spirit, and bravery in the face of adversity. Outside Mexico, the holiday is used to promote Mexican culture, customs, food and music throughout the world, and is especially popular in the United States, Canada and Japan.

As you might expect, the colors closely associated with Cinco de Mayo are the official colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. But what are the official colors of the flag of Mexico?

Leave it to Design Your Lifestyle – color design aficionados that we are – to provide you with the answer!

Pantone, the world’s foremost authority of color design, has designated the official colors of many of the world’s flags, including Mexico’s. Through the use of the Pantone Color Matching System (CMS), there are uniform names and codes for virtually every color imaginable – including the three primary colors in the Mexican flag.

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, do it properly – and use these Pantone shades of red, white and green for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Official Pantone Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo: Green Color Ideas

Water Nymph – Pantone 20-0187

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Water Nymph

Guacamole – Pantone 17-0530

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Greenery – Pantone 05-0343

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Greenery

Cinco de Mayo: White Color Ideas

Coconut Milk – Pantone 11-0608

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

Bright White – Pantone 11-0601

PANTONE white color Bright White

White Alyssum – Pantone 11-1001

PANTONE white color White Alyssum

Cinco de Mayo: Red Color Ideas

Flame Scarlet – Pantone 18-1662

PANTONE 2020 red carpet color Flame Scarlet

Fiesta – Pantone 17-1564

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Bossa Nova – Pantone 18-1547

PANTONE 2019 Christmas red color Bossa Nova

 

 

Pantone Colors For Mardi Gras Design

Pantone Colors For Mardi Gras Design

Laissez le bons temps rouler! If you’re reading this, it must be nearly time to celebrate Mardi Gras – let the good times roll! Marking the day before many observers give up their vices for Lent, Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is a celebration of food, fun and freedom.

While Mardi Gras is notably linked to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, the popularity of Fat Tuesday has made it a staple holiday around America (and the world). The holiday’s celebratory feel, good tidings and party vibes make it a magnet for people looking for positive energy and a signal that spring is on the horizon.

The colors most associated with Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. As it was explained by the leaders of the 1892 Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, the 3 colors had specific meaning: “Purple for Justice, Green for Faith, Gold for Power”. The Mardi Gras colors are apt for a celebration that has roots in faith and is open to everyone!

So how do we design with Mardi Gras in mind? After all, bold purple in particular isn’t the easiest color through which to develop a design palette! A great first place to turn is Pantone, the world’s authority on color matching and color palettes. By browsing through the current Fashion Color Trend Reports (and digging back through the past several years of trending colors), Pantone gives us a road map of how to design for Mardi Gras (and with Mardi Gras in mind)!

We’ve chosen three purples, three greens and three gold and yellow tones that we think work beautifully for Mardi Gras design. We’ve also put together two design inspiration color palettes for Mardi Gras Pantone design!

Mardi Gras Color Design | Pantone Purple

Grape Compote (PANTONE 18-3513 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Grape Compote

Magenta Purple (PANTONE 19-2428 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Magenta Purple

Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Radiant Orchid

Mardi Gras Color Design | Pantone Green

Ultramarine Green (PANTONE 18-5338 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Ultramarine Green

Storm (PANTONE 19-5217 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Storm

Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Greenery

Mardi Gras Color Design | Pantone Gold + Yellow

Aspen Gold (PANTONE 13-0850 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Aspen Gold

Freesia (PANTONE 14-0852 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Freesia

Lemon Verbena (PANTONE 14-0852 TCX)

Mardi Gras Pantone color design 2020 Lemon Verbena

Mardi Gras Color Design | 2 Pantone Color Palette Ideas

A Bold, Brassy Mardi Gras: Magenta Purple, Ultramarine Green + Freesia

Bold Pantone Mardi Gras color design palette

A Casual, Muted Mardi Gras: Grape Compote, Greenery + Aspen Gold

Casual Pantone Mardi Gras color design palette

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

The Trendiest PANTONE Greens For Christmas 2019 | A Design Guide

Which green is the RIGHT green for Christmas design in 2019? In a recent article, we laid out the six trendiest red PANTONE colors for this holiday season. Push aside the poinsettia and tie up some mistletoe, because it’s time for green to take center stage for Christmas design!

As usual, we turn to the team at PANTONE to assist our color design decisions.

The six green shades trending for Christmas 2019 design come directly from the latest PANTONE trend reports – from 2019, Spring 2020, & the color palette suggestions for Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year.

Water Nymph is perhaps our favorite of all the trending green PANTONE colors. Set as a metallic complement to Classic Blue in textile palettes, we love the accompanying color in virtually all formats (PANTONE 20-0187 TPM, for reference). Explore the Metallic Shimmer, but don’t rule out designing with the “matte” version as well – it’s a lush medium green we can’t resist at Christmas.

2020 seems to be ushering in some blue-green color choices, and we’ve chosen Forest Biome (PANTONE 19-5230 TCX) from their ranks. Several green tones on our list evoke images of food and spices in your holiday kitchen (Green Olive, Chive).

Rounding out our “list of six” are the 2019 standout Eden and the cheery Classic Blue palette companion Jasmine Green. Whether your Christmas design aesthetic is “merry and bright” or “Holly and Ivy”, we think you’ll find a trendy PANTONE shade of green to love this holiday season on our list!

6 Trendy Greens for Christmas 2019

Water Nymph

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Water Nymph

Eden

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Eden

Forest Biome

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Forest Biome

Chive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Chive

Jasmine Green

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Jasmine Green

Green Olive

PANTONE 2019 Christmas green color Green Olive

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!

Kitchen + Bath Designs Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Go Green With Your Designs On St. Patrick’s Day 2019!

Any day is a good day to “green” your living space – but if you need a festive excuse, look no further than St. Patrick’s Day! The most famous of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time to get inspired by the green shades, tones and design elements that are trending in 2019.

We’re sure you’re expecting the usual fare in this article – shamrocks, green throw pillows and drapes, etc. Fear not – we’re bringing you something different!

What are the Pantone Spring 2019 green colors? How can you incorporate fresh greens and florals in a new and interesting way in your kitchen design? This article will help you answer those questions.

Of course, we should already be “going green” with as many design choices as possible, in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally conscious. So in terms of this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking the idea of “going green” a bit more literally.

Green isn’t the simplest color choice to use in a kitchen or bath design in 2019. With color design trending more and more towards neutral and white tones, it’s often hard to find a place for green as more than a complementary color. But is that really a problem? Utilized properly, a complementary green tone in your design can create quite the impression.

Let’s take a look at the official Pantone green tones of Spring 2019, and a few “outside the box” design ideas to add a splash of green this spring.

The Pantone Green Colors of Spring 2019

Terrarium Moss

Deep, earthy and rich, Terrarium Moss is a steady dark green Pantone color that pairs nicely with light neutrals, earth tones and blues.

Terrarium Moss, Pantone Spring 2019 color palette

Pepper Stem

Pepper Stem is a lively, inviting Pantone green that works beautifully in designs that feature plenty of ambient light, whites and off-whites, and plant and floral elements.

Pepper Stem, Pantone 17-0542

St. Patrick’s Day 2019 “Outside the Box” Design Inspirations

1. Use deep greens to add a luxurious tone to wood-heavy designs.

Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark green decor adds a luxurious touch to rich wood features in this sitting room from Peter Salerno Inc.

2. Fresh greens, foliage and florals bring even more sunshine into a bright kitchen design.

Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.
Touches of greenery and florals freshen up an already bright kitchen.

3. In 2019, vegetables can be utilized as design elements (before ripe/ready to eat, of course!)

Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they're ready to eat.
Use fresh vegetables as design elements in your kitchen before they’re ready to eat.

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Out of chaos and terror, one of the most enduring symbols of America’s freedom, honor and values was born. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a stunning work of art and design, crafted with care and remembrance as a lasting reflection of courage and heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

September 11th Memorial and Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum sits on approximately half of the sixteen acres where the World Trade Center once stood, on Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Flanked on its four sides by 1 WTC, 2 WTC, 3 WTC, 4 WTC and Liberty Park, the 9/11 Memorial exists to provide a solemn reminder of the past, a way to honor lives lost in the present, and sustainable, green design for the future.

New York - National September 11 Memorial South Pool - April 2012 - 9693C

The 9/11 Memorial’s design was crafted by Michael Arad (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect), and chosen out of a pool of over 5,200 entries from designers in 63 nations. Arad and Walker’s design was chosen for its careful blend of sustainable green design, aesthetic beauty, and its capability to properly display and honor the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The National 9/11 Memorial is a wonder of sustainable, green design, and remains one of the finest eco-friendly public spaces in the world today. The Memorial Glade, flanked by swamp white oak trees, is a stunning area for reflection and contemplation. The grounds are also sustained by state-of-the-art storm water collection and irrigation systems. From the official 9/11 Memorial website:

Rainwater will be collected in storage tanks below the plaza surface. A majority of the daily and monthly irrigation requirements will be met by the harvested water.

The project is pursuing the Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction program. LEED is a third party certification program for green building, design and construction. The plaza is also built to meet requirements of New York State Executive Order 111 and the WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines, which both promote environment-friendly practices.

The Memorial is perhaps most notable for its massive waterfalls and reflecting pools, each sitting in the footprints of the original World Trade Center buildings. The twin reflecting pools sit at the base of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, and each spans nearly an acre.

Flight 11 section, 9-11 Memorial - Flickr - skinnylawyer

Those familiar with history will remember the “precursor” 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s designers were careful to include the victims of that tragedy in their remembrances. The names of all those lost in the 1993 WTC attack, the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon are listed in enduring inscriptions on bronze panels around the edges of the two memorial pools.

Perhaps the most poignant natural feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived at the site of the 9/11/2001 attack. After being rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Survivor Tree was re-planted at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where it stands as a living monument to endurance, life and resolve.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is dependent on your tax-deductible donations. Please consider a donation, a sponsorship of a paver or cobblestone, or any amount you are able to give so that this stunning example of honor and remembrance in design lives on for future generations to visit.