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

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: VOTE on 5 Great Pairings

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: 5 Great Pairings

In our previous article, we previewed the “New York” set of colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 series.

Themes of individuality, warmth and classic shades permeate the collection. Bold colors like Grenadine and Marina jump out between bright neutrals Butterum and Autumn Maple, while the gorgeous Navy Peony begs to work with intriguing shades like Ballet Slipper and Golden Lime.

For those who missed it, here is the full list of 10 colors in the Pantone Fall 2017 New York series:

  • PANTONE 17-1558 Grenadine
  • PANTONE 19-1725 Tawny Port
  • PANTONE 13-2808 Ballet Slipper
  • PANTONE 16-1341 Butterum
  • PANTONE 19-4029 Navy Peony
  • PANTONE 17-4402 Neutral Gray
  • PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce
  • PANTONE 16-0543 Golden Lime
  • PANTONE 17-4041 Marina
  • PANTONE 17-1145 Autumn Maple

It’s a balanced yet unconventional mix of 3 reds, three blues, a green and 3 neutral/gray tones. The balance provided by Neutral Gray and the brown neutrals give design enthusiasts plenty of color combinations to play with, and the rich deeper tones like Tawny Port and Shaded Spruce hearken back to the jewel tones that spiced up Pantone’s Fall 2016 color palette.

But which color combinations did we immediately fall in love with for the fall of 2017? We’ve pored over the possibilities and come up with a list of 5 color tandems that we think will liven up your autumn design.

We played a bit of a game with the color combinations to make it more interesting: we had to use all 10 colors in the Fall 2017 New York palette, and each color could only be used once. So we ended up with 5 unique color combinations that showcased the entire color collection.

Of course, some design choices (especially home design, kitchen and bath design) are much more difficult choices than others – so make sure you consult an award-winning expert before you jump into those decisions!

Here is our list of 5 favorite color combinations from the Pantone Fall 2017 New York Series.

VOTE BELOW on which color combination is your favorite!

Pantone Fall 2017 New York Color Series: 5 Favorite Combinations

1. Butterum and Tawny Port

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Butterum and Tawny Port.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Butterum and Tawny Port.

2. Grenadine and Neutral Gray

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Grenadine and Neutral Gray.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Grenadine and Neutral Gray.

3. Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Shaded Spruce and Baby Slipper.

4. Golden Lime and Navy Peony

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Golden Lime and Navy Peony.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Golden Lime and Navy Peony.

5. Marina and Autumn Maple

Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos:  Marina and Autumn Maple.
Pantone Fall 2017 New York color combos: Marina and Autumn Maple.

Autumn in New York: A Pantone Fall 2017 Color Preview

Autumn in New York: A Pantone Fall 2017 Color Preview

Pantone has released two separate Fall 2017 color previews: one for New York and one for London.

Each side of the Atlantic has a color palette for its own cosmopolitan city, and home designers, fashion designers, and artisans in general are loving the flexibility.

Grenadine may be the breakout star of the Pantone Fall 2017 New York color collection.
Grenadine may be the breakout star of the Pantone Fall 2017 New York color collection.

This article focuses on the “New York” palette of the Pantone Fall 2017 color preview. If we had to pick one word to describe the collection, it would be eclectic. Baby pink, bright blue and luscious red pop out of an assemblage of more conventional autumn colors. Gray and a few neutrals/browns make their presence felt, and there’s a particularly fun shade of green in the mix to continue the “Greenery” trend as Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017.

We’ll take a closer look at the assortment of Pantone Fall 2017 colors in the New York palette as the next several weeks pass. For now, let’s take a look at a few overarching trends of the New York color design palette for Fall 2017, courtesy of Pantone.

Navy Peony might be the richest, most versatile dark blue Pantone has selected in years.
Navy Peony might be the richest, most versatile dark blue Pantone has selected in years.

Pantone Fall 2017 Color Trends (New York)

1. These colors aren’t shy.

Fall colors tend to naturally be more muted than spring palettes in years past. While that’s still the case in a battle of Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 in Pantone’s world, this New York color palette isn’t running away from anybody.

Whereas Fall 2016 relied a bit more on jewel tones and darker neutrals, the New York Pantone Fall 2017 color palette is full of stand-alone options. Even the more traditional brown neutrals add a bit of pop – the nutty Butterum (Pantone 16-1341) and reddish Autumn Maple (Pantone 17-1145) are more than capable of holding their own.

Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone's Fall 2017 New York collection together.
Butterum is one of the warm brown neutrals that helps pull Pantone’s Fall 2017 New York collection together.

2. Navy and gray continue to be autumn mainstays.

Navy Peony is a major favorite of ours in this year’s Fall collection of Pantone colors. This bold shade of navy blue (Pantone 19-4029) is almost bright in appearance (is that possible?). Unlike other, more muted dark blues, Navy Peony dares you to jazz up your fall color design and pair it with cheery colors like Ballet Slipper and Golden Lime (Pantone 16-0543).

Meanwhile, Neutral Gray (Pantone 17-4402) is the gray shade that pulls this unique group together.

3. We love the reds in Fall 2017 (especially Grenadine).

It’s a pretty eclectic color palette for Fall 2017 in New York, but we predict the runaway hit of the season will be Grenadine (Pantone 17-1558). This dynamic red stands out from the crowd, like a chic red outfit in a room filled with black dresses.

Grenadine is paired with 2 other colors on the red spectrum. First there’s the rich Tawny Port (Pantone 19-1725), a deep near-purple wine shade. Nearly the polar opposite of Tawny Port is the baby pink Ballet Slipper (Pantone 13-2808), which at first glimpse almost appears out of place in this collection. Still, this pink is healthy enough to pair well with Navy Peony and the neutrals in this collection.

Modern Style Ideas For Your Design Website + Blog

Modern Style Ideas For Your Design Website + Blog

Your website’s sense of style MUST match your own style standards. It’s paramount in the modern age of branding and web design that your personal or business website (or blog) is as well-designed and constructed as you and your business are.

Many designers, businesses and those with personal brands make the mistake of thinking their social media is the most important impression they can make in online marketing. This isn’t true. After all, there’s only so much you can do to differentiate your Facebook or Twitter from everyone else’s. Even your Instagram account isn’t that unique; past your own crop of photo and video media, the layout will never set you apart.

The modern website update for Peter Salerno Inc, July 2017. PeterSalernoInc.com.
The modern website update for Peter Salerno Inc, July 2017. PeterSalernoInc.com.

You have to assume EVERY potential client will eventually find and judge your website on its appearance. Web design is crucial. But high-end web design is also expensive. For small businesses and personal brands, hiring an expensive web designer or development team is simply not a financially feasible option.

So what can you do to make your brand stand out and make your website beautiful? We recently visited the refurbished Peter Salerno Inc. website to look for clues. Peter Salerno and his team handle their web design in house, and have created a sleek, user-friendly site that mirrors the world-class quality of their custom kitchen and bath design.

Here are a few tips and trends we discovered that can help you update your web design and website’s style for your clients, without breaking the bank.

From PeterSalernoInc.com - the Transitions page. Clean, simple and effective.
From PeterSalernoInc.com – the Transitions page. Clean, simple and effective.

Modern Web Design Tips: Summer 2017

1. De-clutter your home page.

90% of website visitors decide whether or not they like your brand in the first five seconds of visiting your site. It doesn’t matter how amazing you are, or how revolutionary your product may be. A clutter-filled home page makes you and your brand look disorganized.

Don’t throw too much information at your viewers at once. Let them discover your brand at their leisure, page by page. A clean landing page with a few eye-catching designs or photos and a simple navigation menu is plenty for your visitors to take in at first glance. If you give them just enough, they’ll want to see more. If you give them too much, they will leave before finding out anything.

2. Turn your menu into a portfolio.

You may notice the term “UX Design” floating around, and not know quite what it is. Let’s take the mystery out of it. UX Design simply means “user experience design”, and it’s THE most important thing you can take into consideration when designing a website. Don’t focus on trendy effects, tricks or flashy content. Just focus on creating the simplest, most engaging user experience possible.

A great way to implement UX design is to turn your menu into a portfolio. On your homepage, give each of your core menu categories a corresponding photo or image (much like Peter Salerno Inc. does on its homepage). This allows you to give your visitors a visual representation of everything your site (and your brand) has to offer, with a simple text label attached to each.

Peter Salerno’s site does this to perfection. You can look at his homepage for 5 seconds and know exactly what his custom kitchen and bath design lines look like, what products he offers, and where to go for more information.

3. Choose two simple “main” colors, and stick to them.

The most essential piece of advice when it comes to color is simple – please don’t go nuts with text colors. If you have a dark background, use a simple white or light gray. If you have a light background, use a dark gray or black. Using funky colors for your text copy content is incredibly passe and frankly, looks unprofessional.

Base your website’s overall color scheme off two main colors – the color of your background, and the color of your text. Make those two colors firm, unchanging elements of your design across all pages, menus and other design elements. Use a third color for highlighted effects (media borders, links, etc.) if you’d like. But much like home design in 2017, less is often more when it comes to color.

4. Auto-play videos or music are an annoyance.

Unless you’re a band or musician (and even then!), music should never auto-play when you visit a website. What if you’re browsing a website at work, or late at night with family in the house? The last thing you want is to scramble for your speakers when music comes blaring out at you.

The same goes for lightbox pop-up introduction videos. Clients want to see simple, clean design and layout when they first visit your page; an auto-play video only clutters their initial concept of your brand and is generally clicked out of within the first 3 seconds – and often, your website disappears with it.

NKBA Profiles In Excellence Features Peter Salerno, CMKBD

Designer Peter Salerno Featured By NKBA Profiles in Excellence

“Peter Salerno knows what it takes to be an award-winning designer. With 22 NKBA Design Competition awards in multiple categories over a span 14 years, including best overall kitchen in 2008 and 2012, he also knows the impact winning the award can have on your career.”

That is the opening of a wonderful piece about Peter Salerno, CMKBD – owner of Peter Salerno Inc. (our parent company). In the latest ‘Profiles in Excellence’ article on the NKBA Connect blog, Peter Salerno and the NKBA celebrate the joint benefits their business relationship has created.

Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award - 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.
Peter Salerno with the KBIS Innovative Showroom Award – 1st Place, Independent Small Showroom.

“I’ve found one of the best ways to build your business is to be recognized as an award winning designer,” says Salerno. “The NKBA Design Competition challenges you to be your best and puts your career on the fast track.”

Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century. Many of those design awards were presented by the NKBA and their KBIS conventions. The publicity garnered from these prestigious awards, coupled by the name power and recognition of the NKBA, has led to a great deal of business for Peter and his firm.

The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno's online design portfolio.
The 2012 NKBA Kitchen of the Year, featured in Peter Salerno’s online design portfolio.

“Being an NKBA Design Competition winner has given me and my business increased exposure and credibility,“ says Salerno in the article.

That exposure has allowed Peter Salerno Inc. to be an annual fixture at KBIS, a featured designer with HGTV, and to install kitchen and bath designs on three continents in multiple countries.

A great step that Peter took was obtaining his NKBA Certification, which you can read more about here.

Read the full article at the NKBA Connect blog.

 

Beautiful Independence Day Beach Home Photos

Gorgeous 4th of July Summer Home Design Photos

From all of us at Design Your Lifestyle (and our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.) to all of you, we wish you a happy, safe, and memorable 4th of July weekend! Whether you can get away to the beach or shore for July 4th or not, Peter Salerno proudly brings the “beach house” life to you with these photos of his award-winning beach house design on the Jersey Shore.

Sal Beach House Spread Over Counter Kitchen

Sal Beach House Spread Fireplace Angle 2

Sal Beach House Spread Fireplace Angle 1

Sal Beach House Spread Behind Counter Kitchen

Sal Beach House Spread Bath

Impressive Interior Design’s Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas

Awesome Design Article From Impressive Interior Design

We at “Design Your Lifestyle” take great pride in sharing the best custom design ideas for your bath, kitchen and home – even if they’re from another blog! Such is the case today, as we happily share with you a great piece from Impressive Interior Design.

Andreea and the team at Impressive Interior Design run an expert, informative blog presented beautifully in a clean, minimalist package. A site that incorporates clean design based on plenty of open space, smart use of neutrals and whites, and eye-popping floral accent colors? We’d say that as “stylish for 2017” as you can get!

The article that caught our eye was “Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas“, a great feature piece that covers trendy, aesthetically-pleasing fireplace tile options. The Impressive Interior Design team leaves no stone (or pebble) unturned, featuring a wide variety of tile options for your fireplace that covers virtually any overall home design.

A beautiful modern fireplace tile design by Peter Salerno Inc., featured by Impressive Interior Designs.
A beautiful modern fireplace tile design by Peter Salerno Inc., featured by Impressive Interior Designs.

The role of the fireplace in living quarters has shifted from simple appliance to a design focal point in recent years, as Impressive Interior Design intelligently points out in this excerpt:

The fireplace is a synonym for a comfortable home, but it is also a place where you can show your designing capabilities.

Modern fireplaces are welcomed in any home because of their easy operation and most importantly the warmth they create.

Good old fireplaces have received a new furnace and design making them the main focal point of the room, the “jewels” in the interior.

The article breaks down modern fireplace tile design ideas into two categories: “style” and “substance”, for lack of an easier breakdown.

Another stunning modern fireplace tile design from Peter Salerno Inc.
Another angle of the stunning modern fireplace tile design from Peter Salerno Inc.

In terms of style, Andreea and her team recommend such trends as patterned tile layout, faux aging of materials and the use of neutrals as core colors. We also love the bold, “throwback” choice of a herringbone tile pattern.

When it comes to substance, we’re dealing with what your fireplace tile is actually made of. From glass to ceramic, pebble to terra cotta, marble to granite, Impressive Interior Designs gives you a variety of options from which to choose – and we like that. An expert designer thrives in creative versatility, and the myriad of options given in this article speaks to its artistic vision and spirit.

For the full article on Modern Fireplace Tile Ideas, check out Impressive Interior Designs!