Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

Classic Blue | The Dependable PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year

It’s like designing with your favorite old pair of blue jeans: comfortable and reliable. The cool, denim backbone of 2020’s color design palette has been named, & with it comes a world of possibilities.

We’re talking about Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), the official 2020 PANTONE Color of the Year. A truly foundational color, Classic Blue signals a return to security. Comfort. Peace. It’s a shade you know instantly, one that makes you feel good.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue

Classic Blue’s not here to set the world on fire. And that’s okay. It doesn’t set out to do so – quite the contrary, the PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year is trying to promote cool, calm waters. Unlike recent Color of the Year selections Living Coral (2019) & Ultra Violet (2018), this blue hue won’t dominate the conversation. It’s about stability.

The design benefits of a backbone as sturdy as Classic Blue are large. PANTONE is already suggesting color palettes for designing with Classic Blue which are varied and inspiring. It’s a reassurance that a steady base tone can still create audacious, bold color design options. Palettes like Snorkel and Exotic Tastes are proving how bright & diverse designers can be using Classic Blue as a base of reference.

PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Snorkel Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette
PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year Classic Blue Exotic Tastes Palette

From the official PANTONE website, a quote from the PANTONE Color Institute regarding the 2020 Color of the Year:

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

What do YOU think about Classic Blue’s selection as PANTONE 2020 Color of the Year? Leave us a comment below & let’s interact!

The Only Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe You Need

The Only Italian Christmas Cookies Recipe You Need

When it comes to authentic Italian cooking, you can’t do any better than going to the source itself – an Italian grandma! So it’s no wonder that we love the site Cooking With Nonna, filled with delicious Italian recipes straight from the kitchens of Italian grandmothers.

Cooking With Nonna’s mission is “Sharing Grandma’s Italian recipes with the new generations”, and we love the idea. From appetizers to entrees, lunches to dinners to desserts, the site features some great Italian classics and modern spins on your favorite old-world Italian dishes.

You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)
You MUST try this almond coffee Italian Christmas cookie recipe. (Photo credit: Cooking with Nonna)

Cooking With Nonna is the creation of Rossella and Vito Rago. Rossella travels to the kitchens of grandmothers from all regions of Italy, bringing you the greatest recipes (and secret family recipes!) from all over Italy.

This recipe for Almond Coffee Cookies is one of our all-time favorites, and will be one of the recipes that we use when they make Christmas cookies this year. We’re looking forward to taking it to our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.’s flagship showroom and making another batch myself!

Try it out for yourself, and see how these amazing flavors combine in your mouth for a beautiful Italian holiday dessert experience.

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe: Almond Coffee Cookies (from Cooking With Nonna)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Almonds
  • 1/2 Lb Sugar
  • Zest of 2 medium lemons
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1 Tbs Espresso Ground Coffee
  • 2 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar for glazing (put it in a flat plate for rolling)
  • 50 Whole coffee beans

Preparation:

  • To prepare the paste, boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once they are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely.
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the zest of the two lemons, the sugar, the ground coffee and the cocoa powder.  Mix everything very well.
  • Add the egg whites and mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
  • Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball the size slightly smaller than a golf ball.
  • Roll the ball completely into the sugar and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Slightly insert a coffee bean on top of each cookie.
  • Roll all your cookies and bake them for 30 mins. at 350F.

See more by clicking on this link and visiting Cooking With Nonna!

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

Color Design For Foodies | This Season’s ‘Yummiest’ Trendy Kitchen Colors

When PANTONE draws inspiration from food to name a color, it likely belongs in a kitchen design. PANTONE’s renowned Color Matching System is the gold standard of color design schemes for home designers, textile designers, industrial designers, fabric designers & clothiers. the ability to transition a PANTONE color across media (cloth to paper to online to plastic & more) is unparalleled.

With endless color possibilities in the ever-expanding PANTONE universe, where do you even begin to find the perfect colors for your updated kitchen design? We love taking cues from the names PANTONE gives to its colors. When a PANTONE shade’s name reflects something found in your kitchen or pantry, our “spidey senses” go off!

Maybe it’s a simple case of the power of suggestion, but we know the team at PANTONE as a group which acts with purpose. So if we have a choice for a neutral color for our kitchen… well, we’re going to consider Sugar Almond a bit more strongly than Warm Sand.

(Sorry, Warm Sand – you just don’t sound quite as delicious!)

There’s an abundance if trending PANTONE colors with food-inspired names lately, so why don’t we draw a bit of kitchen design inspiration?

Here’s our selection of 8 trendy PANTONE colors with names foodies will love. See if you get inspired to use one (or more) of them in your kitchen!

8 Kitchen Design Colors For Trendy Food Lovers

Rocky Road: a dark brown earthy neutral & sturdy ‘backbone’ color

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Rocky Road

Guacamole: the splash of green in your leafy, plant-laden design

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Dark Cheddar: a zesty pop of accent color – more accessory than focus

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Pancake Batter: a warm, sugary-sweet off-white rooted in golden yellow

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Chili Pepper: a spicy hot red – handle with care to succeed!

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Peach Pink: a gorgeous blush tone for a summery beach kitchen

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Sugar Almond: the warm mid-tone brown neutral coveted by trendy designers

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Sugar Almond

Coconut Milk: a creamy, comforting white that provides balance for an inviting kitchen space

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

Which of these PANTONE colors is your favorite? Connect with us!

8 Off-White PANTONE Colors To Inspire Your Kitchen Design

8 Off-White PANTONE Colors To Inspire Your Kitchen Design

Anybody can ‘wow’ you with articles about wild color palettes and outside-the-box design schemes. But you ALWAYS need an anchor color for your kitchen design palette. And that’s why we’re here.

You have your base color scheme and design palette for your kitchen design. But where do you go from there? How do you tie everything in with that one perfect neutral tone? Often, off-white colors are the answer. If white is a little too pedestrian, but you need to keep your neutral tone light, off-white is key to your kitchen’s color scheme.

But when you visit the paint aisle, it’s swatches as far as the eye can see. How in the world are you going to narrow down what seems like thousands of off-white options to that single, perfect color for your kitchen?

As always, we turn to the experts at PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, for guidance. Using their one-of-a-kind Color Matching System, recent color trend guides and some of the most awe-inspiring kitchen designs from Peter Salerno Inc., we’ve tuned our focus on 8 fantastic off-white PANTONE colors to perfectly complete your kitchen’s color palette.

Which of these 8 off-white PANTONE shades is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

8 Off-White PANTONE Colors To Inspire Your Kitchen Design

1. Brilliant White

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Color Influence: Blue

The quiet blue undertone of Brilliant White makes it our top choice as an off-white PANTONE kitchen design color. Blue is the “it” kitchen design color of the moment, and Brilliant White allows you to set a neutral white base that still blends beautifully with your design choices.

PANTONE white color Brilliant White

2. Tofu

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Color Influence: Bronze

Tofu is a muted off-white that plays well against wood tones and metallic colors. You don’t have to worry about Tofu dominating the color palette of your kitchen; it’s certainly not an “out front” design color. It does work quite nicely with a variety of stronger tones as a complementary shade.

PANTONE white color Tofu

3. Vanilla Custard

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Color Influence: Orange

In contrast to Tofu, Vanilla Custard definitely brings a little more ‘punch’ to the table. The orange undertone isn’t exactly subtle, and you’ll need to choose a warm kitchen design palette to pair with it. However, in the right setting, Vanilla Custard is certainly a winning selection.

PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Vanilla Custard

4. Sweet Corn

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Color Influence: Yellow/Gold

This is a great choice for a traditional or country kitchen. Sweet Corn brings a charming golden undertone to your kitchen design’s color palette that works well against cozy, familiar options like Dutch blue, wood, and natural greens and browns.

 

PANTONE white color Sweet Corn

5. White Smoke

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Color Influence: Orange

White Smoke strays a bit further from “white” than most on the list, but its ability to counter-balance strong metallics and dark wood tones lands it a spot on our list. White Smoke isn’t for every kitchen, but it’s a strong enough off-white to hold its own against powerful colors.

PANTONE white color White Smoke

6. White Alyssum

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Color Influence: Beige

Even though White Alyssum falls faintly within the yellow color family, we can’t really “tie it in” to the color itself – it’s simply too delicate. White Alyssum feels like the ivory on a vintage piano – delicate, elegant and charming.

 

PANTONE white color White Alyssum

7. Bright White

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Color Influence: Green

Bright White provides a really unique green hue which allows it to play in a totally different color palette than every other entry on this list. A kitchen design full of leafy greens, natural tones, earthy colors and plant life will benefit greatly by using Bright White as its off-white neutral.

PANTONE white color Bright White

8. Coconut Milk

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Color Influence: Beige

Much like White Alyssum, Coconut Milk offers the slightest hint of yellow/beige, adding a ‘vintage’ feel to your color palette. Coconut Milk, perhaps unsurprisingly based on its name, also does quite well against hot tropical colors and pastels.

PANTONE white color Coconut Milk

A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

A Look Back | A Kitchen Designer’s Trip To France

The following are excerpts from articles in October 2013, when Peter Salerno, CMKBD, traveled to the French countryside for design inspiration. What he found in places like Oise and Vence informed several of his award-winning kitchen designs. Enjoy!

Oise (Picardie)

One of the most beautiful kitchen designs Peter Salerno discovered on his trip to France is a custom blue and white painted kitchen in Oise, a department of the Picardie region of northern France. Located about 19 miles north of Paris, Oise is a beautiful region made up primarily of hills and plateaus, as well as forests and plains, which evoke all the charm and beauty of the French countryside.

A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region.
A beautiful painted French kitchen in Oise, Picardie region. (Photo Credit: Frederic-Leon Ducout, 2013 Morgane Production. In Maison Creative.)

With the natural landscape and terrain of the Picardie region in mind, the designer of this kitchen (Sylvie Bisserie, whom you can read more about here) created a light, vibrant kitchen space filled with blues and whites accented with copper kitchenware, utensils and appliances. As the publication Maison Creative explains (translated from French):

“In the kitchen, created entirely by a custom cabinetmaker and painted with light and bright colors, Sylvie chose glazed tiles blue and white tiles that give the space cheer… decorating with rustic utensils and copper kitchen appliances to respond with the red soil creates a beautiful harmony.”

The kitchen space is said to convey “authenticity and conviviality”, an apt description of a lovely space that brought Peter Salerno fresh inspiration to his classic painted kitchen designs.

Vence (Alpes-Maritimes)

Peter Salerno’s travels for design inspiration throughout France also brought him to the town of Vence, located in the far southeast of France, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region. The Alpes-Maritimes department directly borders Monaco and Italy to the east and has some of the most beautiful and varied topography in all of France. As its name suggests, the region is characterized mainly by the maritime Alps – but it’s also one of the few French departments to feature a Mediterranean coastline.

Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence.
Another beautiful French kitchen, in the town of Vence. (Credit: Maison Creative Hors Serie 2, 2013.)

The most well-recognized cities in the area are Nice and Cannes; Vence is the 12th-largest town in the Alpes-Maritimes department. Located in the hills between Nice and Antibes, Vence features many awe-inspiring, existing medieval elements – for example, the town’s historic village features a fountain originally built in 1578 and an oak planted in 1538. Other aspects of Vence architecture are even older; portions of the external wall were built in the 3rd century and the town’s cathedral was erected in the 4th century.

Design in Vence is based on open flow between rooms and the usage of beautiful, easy-to-use Vence stone, located not only in the town’s walls but in many of its rustic, gorgeous country homes. In the kitchen above, featured in the outstanding publication Maison Creative (Hors Serie 2, 2013), you can see the implementation of the flat, beautiful Vence stone and the open floor plan. The result is a bright, spacious kitchen that makes full use of the sunny climes of the Alpes-Maritimes region; Nice sees almost 1.5 times as much sun per year as the rest of France.

A white wood-burning fireplace and large windows adorn the kitchen walls, and the long slab dining table ensures there will be plenty of room for good food, great wine, and cherished guests.

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

2019 MLB Playoffs | PANTONE Colors for Every MLB Playoff Team

October is when baseball greats become legends, and when Major League Baseball franchises can etch their names into history. If you’re a fan of one of the 10 MLB franchises that qualified for the 2019 baseball playoffs, now’s your chance to become a design legend and represent your favorite team properly!

We all know the Yankees wear iconic blue and white pinstripes. But exactly which blue is that? And how will you know the difference between shades of red worn by the Braves, Cardinals, Twins and Nationals?

At Design Your Lifestyle, we’ve got you covered for all your design needs during the 2019 MLB postseason and World Series.

Here are the official team PANTONE colors for each franchise in the 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs!

Note: We’ve mixed and matched some colors from these MLB teams’ official logos and uniform colors to provide the most interesting, versatile design colors to play with – especially when it comes to kitchen design, bath design and home design!

2019 MLB Playoffs | American League PANTONE Colors

Houston Astros

Perhaps the most consistent franchise in baseball over the last 5 seasons, the Astros mixed dominant pitching with athletic fielding and timely hitting to win a remarkable 107 games in 2019. Houston may once again be the favorite to win the World Series, a feat they last accomplished in 2017.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Astros

Minnesota Twins

The Twins’ young roster set a new MLB season record for most home runs during the 2019 regular season. Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler and company hope to bash the Twins to their first World Series victory since 1991.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Twins

New York Yankees

Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series. “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson. “Mr. November” Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera’s mastery. No franchise has a greater postseason resume than the New York Yankees. But can the Yankees overcome injuries, the powerful Twins and the dominating Astros to reach another World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Yankees

Oakland A’s

The Athletics remain one of baseball’s most remarkable franchises, consistently fielding competitive teams with lower payrolls (and ushering in the era of analytics). Oakland won 97 games this season and won’t be sneaking up on anybody; can they advance past the Wild Card game against Tampa Bay?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone A's

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays survived a tough AL East to finish ahead of talented teams like Cleveland and Boston to snag the final AL Wild Card berth in the 2019 playoffs. Tampa’s pitchers gave up the 2nd-fewest runs in the American League this season.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Rays

2019 MLB Playoffs | National League PANTONE Colors

Atlanta Braves

The Braves’ young squad just keeps winning. With all the drama surrounding NL East counterparts like Washington and Philadelphia, Atlanta carried on their winning ways and took the NL East crown yet again. Is Atlanta’s next step to reach the World Series?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers

106 wins, the fewest runs allowed in baseball, and the 2nd-best run differential during the 2019 season. The Dodgers are loaded for a deep 2019 playoff run, but will they get over the hump and claim the World Series for the first time since 1988?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers suffered a tough injury to reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich towards the end of the regular season, but the Brew Crew has enough talent to still contend. The question is, will the loss of Yelich keep Milwaukee out of the World Series picture?

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

This is the time of year nobody wants to see St. Louis on their schedule. The Cardinals have a history of being downright scary in October, with memorable runs to the World Series on 4 separate occasions this century.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Cardinals

Washington Nationals

Remember when Washington lost Bryce Harper to the Phillies and all was lost? Well, the Nationals just earned a Wild Card berth without Harper, whose Phillies didn’t make the playoffs. We’d bet anything that happens after this will be icing on the cake in DC.

2019 MLB Playoffs Pantone Nationals

Which 2019 MLB playoff teams’ official PANTONE colors do YOU like the best? Which do you think work best for design? Leave a comment!

Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

Design With Blue | A Guide to Trending Blue PANTONE Colors

We’ve spoken at length about blue being the “it” color for kitchen and bath design in 2019 – and now, the industry is hopping on board. Our parent company, Peter Salerno Inc., has been utilizing blue tones in custom world-class kitchen design and bath design for months, and we’re constantly inspired by how versatile and dynamic the color can be.

Blue features prominently in one of Peter Salerno Inc.’s finest 2019 custom kitchen designs. The transitional kitchen design below delivers a ‘pop’ of blue accent color, inspired by PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report favorite Princess Blue. Set against the clean white and gray of the kitchen design, this royal blue draws the focus ever upward. This allows the eye to naturally travel up to the star of the kitchen design – a series of reclaimed wood beams from St. Patrick’s Orphange in New York that adorns the ceiling.

Peter Salerno Inc.'s reclaimed wood beams in transitional kitchen design, 2019.
Blue design accents make this gorgeous Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design pop.

The versatility of blue in today’s kitchen designs stems from the versatility of shades selected in recent PANTONE collections. Bright blues like Princess Blue and Galaxy Blue sit in contrast to the dusky Sargasso Sea, Evening Blue and Eclipse to create a dynamic palette.

Our favorite blue tone from recent PANTONE selections may just be Bluestone, a member of the Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report. Bluestone is a gorgeous, lush blue-gray that pairs well with virtually every white, gray, brown and taupe neutral one could choose.

A peek ahead to the PANTONE Spring 2020 palette indicates 3 more blue selections – one classic, one teal, and one faded light selection. The latter of the three reminds us greatly of the blue selected by Peter Salerno for the transitional kitchen island pictured below, which became an instant favorite and a true conversation starter for its new owners this year.

Quartz or granite - what's your preference in countertops? (Peter Salerno Inc.)
A stunning light blue makes this transitional kitchen island a conversation piece. (Peter Salerno Inc.)

Here are the featured blue tones in the PANTONE Color Trend Reports dating from Autumn 2018 through Autumn/Winter 2019-2020. Comment, and let us know which ones stand out to you!

Blue Color Design | Trending PANTONE Blue Tones

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report:

Bluestone

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Evening Blue

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

From the PANTONE Spring 2019 Color Trend Report:

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

From the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 Color Trend Report:

Nebulas Blue

PANTONE Nebulas Blue

Sargasso Sea

PANTONE Sargasso Sea