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

4 Great Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

4 Great Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

It’s no surprise that 3 of our 4 top picks for home design in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection are neutral tones. 

We’ve been touting neutrals as “the new dominant tones” in home design for the better part of 2017, and this fall’s collection is no exception. In recent articles, we’ve surveyed the entire Pantone Fall 2017 color palette (for “New York”), and given you five great color combinations to inspire your autumn designs.

When it comes to home design, we have the luxury of leaning on our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. for advice and direction. Since 2002, Peter Salerno Inc. is the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design firm. Their blend of “old-world” craftsmanship and innovative state-of-the-art design, as well as their ability to create traditional and transitional award-winning designs, has made Peter Salerno Inc. a must-watch design firm for over 20 years.

As we perused recent kitchen and bath design photos from Peter Salerno Inc. projects, we came across a theme we loved. Like any great designer, Peter Salerno does not mimic trends – rather, he is inspired by them. As such, you won’t see a Peter Salerno Inc. design “coated” with the colors of the season. Instead, the Pantone Fall 2017 collection serves as inspiration for a holistic design approach.

Notes of Neutral Gray, Marina, Butterum and Autumn Maple weave their way through the design photos below, serving as parts of each design but never the whole.

We absolutely adore Neutral Gray for its versatility and its lack of “gray drabness”. It’s an eye-popping neutral tone that works beautifully in appliances, backsplash tile, flooring, wall paint, and decor accessories alike. The same holds true for the brown neutrals Butterum and Autumn Maple.

For a pop of color, we leaned on Marina (Pantone 17-4041), a bright oceanic blue that sits in line with other recent blue Pantone selections like Riverside and Niagara – albeit much warmer than both of those color options.

Enjoy our picks (and accompanying design photos from Peter Salerno Inc.) for the best Pantone Fall 2017 colors for home design!

Best Pantone Fall 2017 Colors for Home Design

1. Neutral Gray

Neutral Gray is an exceptionally versatile neutral in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection.
Neutral Gray is an exceptionally versatile neutral in the Pantone Fall 2017 collection.
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

2. Marina

Marina is a beautiful, bright blue hue that adds a pop of freshness to Fall 2017 design.
Marina is a beautiful, bright blue hue that adds a pop of freshness to Fall 2017 design.
Bright, bold colors accent this Peter Salerno inc. custom kitchen design. (Credit Peter Rymwid)
(Credit Peter Rymwid)

3. Butterum

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.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.
A look at the latest kitchen design feature in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes and Estates.

4. Autumn Maple

Autumn Maple is a warmer, heartier brown neutral with a reddish tint.
Autumn Maple is a warmer, heartier brown neutral with a reddish tint.
Autumn Maple warms up any kitchen design, like this one from Peter Salerno inc.
Autumn Maple warms up any kitchen design, like this one from Peter Salerno inc.

 

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.

HGTV Home Design Tips: 2017’s Hottest Prints and Patterns

HGTV Home Design Tips: 2017’s Hottest Prints and Patterns

Since Peter Salerno, the owner of our parent company, is an HGTV Featured Designer, we at Design Your Lifestyle always turn to HGTV and its staff for the latest in tips, trends and design ideas.

HGTV has been particularly on point in 2017, with great articles about Summer 2017 home design trends and “runway-to-home” design transitions.

But one of their latest articles, regarding the hottest prints, patterns and textures in home design for 2017, might be our favorite of the recent bunch.

Make a Statement: Print, Pattern and Finishes Trends” by HGTV’s Felicia Feaster may as well be your 2017 Design Primer when it comes to home creation and renovation. In the article, Felicia guides you through the “trendsetting fabrics, wallcoverings, patterns and finishes that define great style in 2017”.

Here are a few of our favorite selections from the article. Read them through, and then head over to HGTV to read the full article and see all the trends!

HGTV’s 2017 Top Prints, Patterns and Finishes

1. Creative Transitions.

Transitional design is all the rage (especially in transitional kitchens). In this case, Felicia Feaster is referring to mixed media and materials when it comes to major design elements like flooring.

“[A] thoughtful mix of wood and other surfaces to create flooring juxtapositions,” explains Felicia. This also pertains to surprising materials or “faux” materials, like in the Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design below. The “wood grain flooring” you see is actually durable porcelain wood tile. Coupling the gorgeous aesthetic of dark, weathered wood with the durability of porcelain tile ensures that the floor will look great AND hold strong. It’s the perfect way to get that transitional kitchen flooring “feel” while making sure it can withstand the toll of kids, guests and the family dog.

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends

2. Scenic Landscapes.

Wall prints, designs and frescoes are a great way to transport the mind and body while remaining in the comfort of your home. In the Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design below, a gorgeous painted wall features the countryside and seaside of Italy, allowing the occupant’s imagination to soar and wander.

This Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design features a scenic wall fresco.
This Peter Salerno Inc. bathroom design features a scenic wall fresco.

3. Liquid Metal.

Metallic tones aren’t just for small fixtures anymore. Copper, silver, platinum and gold are everywhere, making standout appearances against neutral, white and black design elements.

Be bold in your approach to metallic and mineral tones (more on that in the full HGTV article). Much like whites and neutrals, they’re not just complementary to your design strategy in 2017 – they can be the feature!

Peter Salerno’s Family Recipe for Homemade Sangria

The Perfect Homemade Family Summer Sangria Recipe

Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.

July 4th Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes (recipes & photo courtesy Epicurious)
Our family Sangria recipe) photo courtesy Epicurious)

When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.

What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.

In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe for entertaining guests!

Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe

Ingredients

  • 7 Up/Sprite
  • Triple Sec
  • inexpensive brandy (something like Christian Bros., no need to go over the top!)
  • a bottle of red wine, preferably Merlot or Shiraz
  • ice
  • oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)

Preparation

  • Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
  • Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
  • Pour even parts 7 Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
  • Pour equal parts brandy and triple sec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
  • Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
  • Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy!
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!

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.