6 Alluring Neutrals That Define 2017 Home Design

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.

Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)
Transitional kitchen design, Peter Salerno Inc. 2017 (Photo: Peter Rymwid)

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)

1. Hazelnut (Pantone 14-1315)

2. Butterum (Pantone 16-1341)

3. Neutral Gray (Pantone 17-4402)

4. Otter (Pantone 18-1018)

5. Autumn Maple (Pantone 17-1145)

6. Toast (Pantone 16-1331)

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