The 6 Pantone Neutral Colors That Dominate 2017 Design
Greenery might be the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year, and warm natural tones of pink and blue may stretch across the year in design. But in the story of the design year that is 2017, the main characters are all neutrals, and they’re playing for keeps.
Neutral tones have long been thought of as complementary colors – especially in home design palettes. 2017 has proven that taupes, browns, grays and off-whites can be the stars of your color design.
This trend doesn’t just apply to solid and conventional colors. Wood, tile, appliance, and muted metallic elements of your home design can also work within the “neutral” palette to great effect. Rather than dominant accent walls with loud colors, 2017 has let the neutral shades do the talking, leaving the brighter tones “pop” in accessories and decor.
With so many neutrals to choose from, which are the right choices for your next home design project? Obviously, we’d suggest turning to a world-renowned custom kitchen design and bath design team for assistance. But if you want a jumping off point, this is the article for you!
Below, you will find a list of the six core neutrals listed by Pantone in their Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 color reports. While great shades like Navy Peony could technically qualify, we’re opting to stay within the traditional definition of neutral colors.
From a myriad of brown and tan shades to one beautifully versatile gray, chances are you’ll find inspiration (and solutions) for your next design project within the six neutral colors on the list. As always, Pantone is an internationally recognized color matching system, so finding these colors virtually anywhere won’t be an issue!
Leave a comment and let us know which neutral tone you love the most!
6 Alluring Neutrals That Define 2017 Home Design (Pantone)
Kitchen Design + Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: An Ideabook
When the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath designer of this century offers you free reign over their design photos, you don’t say no.
Such was the case when our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., let us peruse their gallery of award-winning kitchen designs as design inspiration for the Spring 2017 season.
When designing with Pantone Spring 2017 colors (or around any color palette), keep this in mind: you don’t have to use the color as a primary feature (or even “use” the color at all) to achieve your desired effect!
For example, look at the jazzy second kitchen design featured under Pink Yarrow. The “hot pink” effect is created by dramatic lighting and reflections off stainless steel appliances. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice none of the design elements are pink at all – but the layout and construction of this “rock and roll” kitchen design does the trick.
Whether you love the light, airy bloom colors (Primrose Yellow), a classic neutral (Hazelnut) or a bold but reliable blue (Lapis Blue), we have you covered in the latest installment of our Pantone Spring 2017 Kitchen Design Ideabook, courtesy of Peter Salerno Inc.! Enjoy!
Stay Warm And Enjoy These Snow Day Design Inspirations
We always dream of a white Christmas. Apparently in 2017, we’re getting a white St. Patrick’s Day. What in the world is going on?
A major snowstorm in the middle of March isn’t the ideal situation for many of us (unless you love skiing or getting an unplanned day off!) – but we always like to turn every situation in a positive. So while you have all this extra time cooped up avoiding the snow, let’s make the best of it!
After all, whether you like the snow or not, it’s a reflection of a massive home design trend. Whites and neutrals aren’t just complementary colors anymore – they’re the center of attention!
From gorgeous white transitional kitchens full of ambient light to warm neutral tones in living spaces, there are so many ways to utilize whites and neutrals in your home design. Take Pantone’s last several collections of seasonal color palettes as a guide – each of them contained at least one core neutral that not only balanced each collection, but helped define it.
(These Pantone colors – Hazelnut, Warm Taupe, Potter’s Clay and Iced Coffee – are all wonderful options for custom kitchen and bath design, either as an accent color or the “main event”.)
Check out the home design photos above and below and get inspired! After all, 2017 is a year to let nature and natural colors influence your design – so even a massive snowstorm can be used as a positive. If you’d like more information about any of the design photos in this article, fill out the contact form at the end of this article.
Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen Design Ideabook for Pantone Spring 2017 Colors
Now that Design Your Lifestyle’s 5-part series on the Pantone Spring 2017 color palette is complete, it’s time to take those colors off the page and into action!
We’ve enlisted the help of our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., to create an ideabook for stunning kitchen designs based on four of their favorite colors from Pantone’s Spring 2017 collection. From Niagara to Hazelnut, Kale to Lapis Blue, Peter Salerno and his staff have once again left us raving with their custom kitchen designs.
Peter Salerno Inc. has established itself as the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design company since 2002, with a remarkable 35 awards from notable names like the NKBA (and KBIS), Sub-Zero, Wolf, HGTV, and Signature Kitchens and Baths. Peter and his staff focus on creating a luxurious and functional spaces that compliment your lifestyle. Whether a kitchen, master bath, or wine cellar, they incorporate your personality, passions, and hobbies into our design to create a finely tailored living space for you and your family.
(For more Peter Salerno Inc. award-winning kitchen and bath designs, check out their official Pro listing on Houzz.)
Now, on with the official Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design ideabook for Pantone’s Spring 2017 color collection!
Peter Salerno Inc. Kitchen Designs: Pantone Spring 2017 Inspirations
Peter Salerno and his team utilized Kale (18-0107 TCX) as an accent color in “The Artist’s Palette”, an eclectic kitchen design with several signature features. The matching panels and custom range hood are an instant conversation starter, while the far wall has a Rothko-inspired print that adds a hint of red-orange to the design (reminiscent of Flame, another Spring 2017 Pantone color.)
Featured in a late 2016 edition of Bergen Magazine, the Peter Salerno Inc. “Reflections” kitchen design wowed with denim-based blue in the vein of Niagara (17-4123 TCX), a staple of the Pantone Spring 2017 collection. The addition of dark flooring and smoked mirrors along the refrigerator and cabinetry make this a perfect kitchen design for tranquil daydreamers.
Somewhere around Summer/Fall 2016, neutrals stopped being accessories and started becoming the main event of many home designs. Such is the case with this classic traditional kitchen design from Peter Salerno Inc., featuring a rich collection of taupes and tans, including Hazelnut (14-1315 TCX).
Laps Blue (19-4045 TCX) features prominently in Peter Salerno Inc.’s centerpiece kitchen design at their flagship showroom in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Complete with a stunning La Cornue Grand Palais range, custom range hood and opulent center island, this kitchen utilizes Lapis Blue in several ways – notably, the decadent crystals embedded in the recessed ceiling above the center island.
To request more information or speak to Peter Salerno and his team of expert design professionals, call Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608 or fill out this contact form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hazelnut Recipes, Beer, Food, and More Rule Fall 2016
Yes, the author of this particular may be a little partisan. I sit here with my hazelnut soy macchiato while a hazelnut-scented candle burns on the table behind me. You may call me a hazelnut junkie – and I will say “thanks, I know”.
Be that as it may, Fall 2016 happens to be the perfect season if you’re nuts about hazelnut! From recipes to fragrances, seasonal kitchen menus to seasonal craft beers, hazelnut is everywhere this season!
With so many ways to utilize hazelnut (as an ingredient, a scent, even a color scheme!), it can be daunting trying to cull through thousands of articles to find that perfect hazelnut recipe, brew or design. Don’t worry though, we’ve done it for you!
Here is your handy Fall 2016 Guide to The Best of Everything Hazelnut! From one “hazelnut-case” to another, I can’t wait to hear how you like the recipes, drinks, and seasonal scents/colors on our list!
Fall 2016 Guide to The Best of Everything Hazelnut
I won’t lie to you: I was initially a bit apprehensive about the prospect of a hazelnut craft beer. Two sips later, Rogue Ales made me forget my troubles. Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is their take on a traditional brown ale that is so good, it’s nuts. (Sorry, last pun. I promise. I think.)
If you like a beer with a malty finish, a modest alcohol content (5.6%), dark brown color and a note of hazelnut extract, this is the brew for you. Available in 22-oz. bottle, 6-pack and draft (where available), Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a craft beer lover’s Fall 2016 go-to glass.
The cool thing about the Riverbend Hazelnuts blog is how independent it appears. The articles are posted by Dan Johnson, a hazelnut grower, harvester and connoisseur from the American Midwest. His knowledge, candid photography and conversational tone make every article so interesting to read.
We highly recommend starting with the Introduction page and taking a slow, enjoyable walk through some of the articles.
Best Mass-Produced Hazelnut Coffee: BocaJava Hightide Hazelnut
This medium roast flavored coffee is made from Nicaraguan coffee beans, and offers a slightly more “gourmet” feel than other mass-produced hazelnut coffees. Coffee lovers know it’s hard to find a mass-produced flavored coffee that doesn’t taste artificial – or just “not quite like real coffee”.
BocaJava’s Hightide Hazelnut is the best store-bought hazelnut coffee we’ve found thus far – not too light or dark, just nutty enough without tasting fake, and a nice smooth taste and finish. Of course, the quest for exceptional hazelnut coffee (especially of the mass-produced variety) burns on, so we’d love to hear your suggestions as well!
As noted in past articles on this site, Warm Taupe (Pantone 16-1318) is one of the select shades on the Fall 2016 Pantone color report. A bit dustier than the average hazelnut, Warm Taupe isn’t a precise match – but for hazelnut lovers, it’s a wonderful way to incorporate the cozy brown hue into your home design color scheme.
Lorenzen Candle Co. is a premium handcrafted soy candle company based out of Liverpool, NY. (We list Lorenzen’s Etsy page for convenience.) The store’s proprietor, Bobby Lorenzen Kaye, spend months perfecting each of my scents to ensure consumers get a candle with the perfect balance of hot and cold throw as well as burn quality.
The handcrafted line of Lorenzen Candle Co. products is tremendous, and the Hazelnut Candle is no exception. Unlike other hazelnut candles, there is no unnecessary artificial dye in this product. We also love the undertone of roasted coffee beans that fills in behind the hazelnut scent as the candle burns.
What are YOUR favorite hazelnut products of Fall 2016? Leave a comment!