Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

The Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection has produced some of our favorite neutral tones in years.

Beige, white, off-white and gray are all present in this season’s collection, and each tone (be it classic or contemporary) brings with it a myriad of design pairings and design options. While the needs of home designers are different than those designing for the runway, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette still serves as a helpful guide and inspiration for home design experts and home owners alike.

From classic gray and white tones to a warm, inviting beige and a blushing off-white stunner, here are 4 of our favorite neutral shades from the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and some other Pantone Spring 2018 colors we think pair nicely with each.

Harbor Mist: A Classic Gray Neutral

Sturdy, reliable and not-too-dark, Harbor Mist is a classic gray neutral. It’s a light enough shade of gray to provide a stable anchor for your design without darkening the room. Part of the Classic Colors sub-set of the Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Harbor Mist is most useful with two color palettes in mind: nautical and primary colors. (Think blues, whites, reds, beiges, and yellows).

Pair Harbor Mist With:






Coconut Milk: A Versatile Off-White Neutral

Coconut Milk is a fantastic slightly off-white neutral that plays directly into the trend of white kitchen designs and living space designs that has dominated 2017 and 2018 home design. We love the idea of pairing it with “woody” browns like Emperador, or bold jewel tones like Arcadia. The best part of designing with Coconut Milk is that it can serve as a ‘blank canvas’ for bolder colors, or the fresh white focus of your design.

Pair Coconut Milk With:






Almost Mauve: A Blushing Neutral

Almost Mauve is such a sneaky and fun neutral to play with if you like warm tones and pastels. A closer look at its shade reveals a slight blush – but is it rosy? Is it lavender? Whatever the case may be, this beautiful gem of a neutral works well with so many warm and pastel tones… and the Pantone Spring 2018 collection is full of them!

Pair Almost Mauve With:






Warm Sand: An “Anything But Boring” Beige Neutral

An anchor tone of the Pantone 2018 Classic Colors sub-set of the Spring 2018 collection, Warm Sand is an inviting beige that can bring any number of complementary colors to your design ‘dance floor’. We’re in love with the idea of pairing Warm Sand with shades like Meadowlark and Little Boy Blue – but the best part of Warm Sand is its versatility. Try it with warmer shades like Chili Oil, or why not pair it with another neutral (Coconut Milk is a great choice)?

Pair Warm Sand With:

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Award-Winning Transitional Bathroom Turns 3 [Design Photos]

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]
When Peter Salerno Inc. teamed up with Stratta, the Tile Boutique to create a transitional bath design they called ‘Simple Tranquility’, Peter knew they were creating something special.

Three years later, the beautiful transitional bathroom is still a timeless, stunning design. It was awarded 2nd place nationally by Signature Kitchens and Baths magazine in March 2015. It was quite an honor for Peter Salerno and his team, who also took home two national kitchen design awards from the NKBA during the 2015 KBIS convention in Las Vegas.

‘Simple Tranquility’ is a transitional bathroom in Bergen County, NJ. The cabinets are walnut with an espresso stain from Peter Salerno Inc’s coveted “Mastro Rosolino” (TM) line of cabinets.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

The tops are marble from Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ. The backsplash is glass and porcelain, and the floor is marble tile by Stratta – The Tile Boutique , Wyckoff, NJ. The hardware is polished stainless from Hardware Designs in Fairfield, NJ. All the fixtures and fittings also came from Hardware Designs, while the sconces and chandelier came from Capitol Lighting in Paramus, NJ.

This gorgeous transitional bath design was truly a team effort, and Peter Salerno certainly shares this award with all parties involved – Stratta, Stone Surfaces, Hardware Designs, Capitol Lighting, and his own team at Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

But the people to truly be congratulated are the owners of this nationally award-winning bathroom – it was their project, their space, and their dreams that made this room a reality!

Photos of Peter Salerno Inc. Award-Winning Kitchen Design

Photos of Peter Salerno Inc. Award-Winning Kitchen Design

Being a subsidiary of America’s most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century has its benefits. We love getting exclusive insight into the work and designs of Peter Salerno Inc. – and this look back at a nationally recognized 2015 kitchen design is a wonderful way to spend our day.

The award, 2nd place for Best Large Kitchen, is the 10th national design award for Peter Salerno Inc. since 2012, and the 28th since 2002, making Peter Salerno Inc. the most award-winning kitchen and bath designer in North America over the last 15 years.

Now, let’s take an inside look at this beautiful, award-winning kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc.'s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.
Peter Salerno Inc.’s award-winning 2015 kitchen design. Photo credit Peter Rymwid.

The kitchen is proudly owned by Julie and Tom Connors, and features a gorgeous combination of opulence and comfort. Several “signature” Peter Salerno Inc. design elements are present, including custom, hand-crafted cabinetry, a custom tin range hood, an abundant use of natural light, and a dazzling ceiling design, including hand-crafted designs, mirror inlays, and a stunning centerpiece chandelier.

Peter Salerno loved this design so much, he couldn’t resist taking a photo in it with his father Rosolino and son Anthony. It’s a rare glimpse at “3 Generations of Salernos” – both the man who inspired Peter Salerno as a child, and the man who one day may continue his father’s legacy.

Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Peter, Ross, and Anthony Salerno in a custom Peter Salerno kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

NKBA’s northern New Jersey website features this gorgeous Peter Salerno Inc. design, as well as 3 other award-winning Peter Salerno designs.

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

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

Flashback: Peter Salerno Featured in NKBA Certifications Video

The NKBA's Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for an upcoming KBIS presentation.
The NKBA’s Ash Sukumar films Peter Salerno in his showroom for an upcoming KBIS presentation.

Two years ago, Peter Salerno lent his 30 years of experience as a certified master kitchen and bath designer (CMKBD) to the NKBA in the production of a new video for NKBA University.

As was first reported on the NKBA Connect blog, that video of Peter Salerno was featured as a Center Stage Video at the KBIS 2015 convention in Las Vegas.

The video was part of a presentation entitled “The Importance of NKBA Certification”, taking place on Tuesday, January 20th from 3:45-4:15 p.m. at KBIS 2015’s Center Stage. The interactive Center Stage presentation was perfect for students, young designers, and experienced designers looking to take their credentials to the next level.

Watch Peter Salerno’s KBIS 2015 video on NKBA Certifications:

Peter Salerno is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), and his successful, award-winning custom design business is in large part based on his commitment to continuing professional education. Much of that continuing education comes through the NKBA and its outstanding member programs.

Peter Salerno's NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft.
Peter Salerno’s NKBA Best Kitchen of 2012, with a custom hood from RangeCraft. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

“Being NKBA certified lends instant credibility to my business,” Peter said in his recent NKBA interview. And he should know – over the last 10 years, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning kitchen and bath design firm in North America.

More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

More Exclusive Photos from KBIS 2018 Design Conference

In our last article, we gave you an insider look at some photos from the KBIS 2018 conference in Orlando, courtesy of Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc.

Peter Salerno has given us even more exclusive VIP photo from the KBIS 2018 conference to share, including many that will never be seen anywhere else (even on social media)! We’re grateful for our partnership with Peter Salerno Inc., the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century – they give us amazing access to some of the most valuable design conferences, platforms and opportunities the world has to offer.

Peter’s trip to KBIS 2018 (the Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase) in Orlando was a whirlwind of innovative displays, informative panels, engaging speakers and invaluable networking opportunities. As always, it left him wishing for just “one more day” of KBIS to soak it all in.

Lucky for all of us, Peter documented some of the finest sights from this year’s KBIS conference and is sharing the photos with the world here on Design Your Lifestyle.

As you experience Peter Salerno’s photos from KBIS 2018, you’ll notice a few trends. Peter was especially inspired by a few core concepts and innovations from this year’s conference:

  • Intriguing kitchen appliances and fixtures, specifically some stunning sinks;
  • Wild, artistic tile and backsplash designs and patterns;
  • Innovations and artistic advances in wood flooring;
  • Technological innovations in refrigeration, cooling and storage.

We’re sure you’re saying, “All right already – enough with the talking! Let’s see some awesome design photos!” To that we reply, “no problem!”

We hope you enjoy Peter Salerno’s exclusive photo gallery from the KBIS 2018 conference, hosted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

KBIS 2018 Is Coming: ‘Pop Goes The Future’

KBIS 2018 Is Coming: ‘Pop Goes The Future’

The most influential kitchen and bath design industry conference and showcase returns to Orlando in less than a week! KBIS 2018 takes places January 9-11, 2018, from gorgeous Orlando, Florida.

KBIS (The Kitchen & Bath Industry Showcase) is widely regarded as the go-to annual design industry conference in North America. Hosted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS 2018 promises to be the biggest, brightest design showcase to date, with a list of vendors, exhibitors, attendees and workshop leaders that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the kitchen design and bath design field.

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.

One of the feature seminars of KBIS 2018 is “Pop Goes the Future”: a look at top trends set to dominate the kitchen and bath design industry in 2018, hosted by Cindy Allen (Editor in Chief of Interior Design magazine).

The Opening Party of KBIS 2018 is a can’t-miss celebration of industry leaders, innovators and design gurus. The party will honor the winners of the KBIS Industry Awards, Student Design Competition, and the 2018 NKBA Professional Design Competition.

Click here for a full list of KBIS 2018 Exhibitors!

The Opening Ceremonies take place at 8:00 a.m. on January 9th, and feature a keynote address from 4-time Super Bowl Champion Terry Bradshaw, former quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and award-winning broadcaster from Fox NFL Sunday.

Peter Salerno's 2014 NKBA Best Kitchen. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
Credit Peter Rymwid, Peter Salerno Inc. 2014 Best Kitchen NKBA

The star-studded panel of the KBIS State of the Industry discussion on January 10th provides an invaluable wealth of knowledge and experience. The panel includes David Kohler, President/CEO of Kohler Co.; Rick Hasselbeck, CCO of GE Appliances; and Scott Culbreth, Senior Vice President and CFO of American Woodmark Corp. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Francis of Fox Business & Fox News.

All this and more, of course, augments the exhibitors, showcases, features and design elements that make KBIS 2018 a feast for the eyes (and the creative spirit). Make sure you get to key features like the ASID Pavilion, the KBISNeXT Stage, and the always inspiring Innovative Showroom Awards.

There’s still time to register to be a part of KBIS 2018, so make sure you find yourself at the most influential design networking opportunity of the year on January 9th, 2018, in Orlando!