Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Breaking Down the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette

Color Family #1: Cool and Bright

Ultra Violet, Crocus Petal and Nebulas Blue

As a tip of the cap to 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet, we start our Fall/Winter 2018 color families with these intriguing cool tones. The reason for our intrigue? Cool colors aren’t supposed to be this ‘forward’ – and yet, here we are. Ultra Violet commands one’s attention immediately, while Crocus Petal has a warm pink undertone that makes your eye linger a bit longer.

With all due deference to the purple tones, we are completely enamored with Nebulas Blue, one of the most dazzling blue tones Pantone has selected in the last 2-3 years. We expect to see Nebulas Blue everywhere – runways, home designs, graphic design, etc.


Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018
Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

2. Color Family #2: Rich and Seductive

Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat

When we see Valiant Poppy, Red Pear and Meerkat together, we can’t help but think of a glamorous Hollywood starlet with a stunning red dress and a stole wrapped around her shoulders. Meerkat is the perfect compliment to these two red tones, with its punch of warm brown for support. None of these tones will have an easy time taking a ‘back seat’ to others in your kitchen or bath design; we’re most intrigued to see what designers can do with Red Pear.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #3: The Bold Standouts

Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow

You can’t be shy and utilize any of these colors in your design – Russet Orange, Limelight and Ceylon Yellow are for the bright, the brassy and the bold. While the mustard-tinged Ceylon Yellow may prove to have the most utility in kitchen and bath design, the proper splashes of either of its counterparts in this color family can be used to achieve dramatic, eye-catching results. Be careful not to overuse any of these tones, however!

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

 

Color Family #4: Smart and Sophisticated

Quetzal Green, Martini Olive and Sargasso Sea

If you want your design to radiate confidence, sophistication and luxury, these three Pantone colors should be in strong consideration for inclusion. Quetzal Green is a gorgeous blue-green that appears to be the offspring of emerald and sapphire. Martini Olive evokes images of upscale bars and dens, and is a rare green shade that could even be seen by some as a neutral. Sargasso Sea, meanwhile, is the most intriguing of all the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, providing a steady navy blue backbone to the season.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Color Family #5: Highly Versatile Neutrals

Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu

Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2018 color palette provides some of the most satisfying, pairable neutral tones in recent memory. Quiet Gray, Almond Buff and Tofu aren’t just neutrals that sit in the background; any one of them could easily be the lead primary color in your design. Tofu, in particular, may be our favorite ‘off-white’ neutral Pantone selection in years. With just enough warmth underneath a steady white base, Tofu is quietly one of the real winners of the Fall/Winter 2018 collection, and should be a strong contender for any neutral-tone kitchen design or bath design.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Design Your 2018 Thanksgiving With These 5 Pantone Colors

Design Your 2018 Thanksgiving With These 5 Pantone Colors

The Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Palette was released to much celebration and intrigue, but now it’s time to take the 10 colors (and 5 classic colors) selected and find them some practical applications.

Thanksgiving is a holiday not just associated with food, family and fellowship, but with design as well. Thanksgiving 2018 gives home designers (both professional and amateur) a chance to strut their stuff and utilize the fine color options in the Fall/Winter 2018 Pantone color collection. But which colors should one choose?

We’ve pared down the list of 10 Pantone Fall/Winter color choices (and 5 Classic Colors) to just 5 smart selections for your Thanksgiving 2018 home design, room design, decor and Thanksgiving table accessories. You’ll notice hues that suggest specific food and drink pairings, reflect the typical colors of the autumn season, and promote warmth and comfort for your guests.

Do you agree or disagree with our selections? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

1. Red Pear

One of our favorite colors in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 collection, Red Pear is demure and luxurious, while providing an air of warmth. Like a fine glass of red wine or the cranberries on your Thanksgiving table, Red Pear is a perfect balance of sweet and sophisticated. Use Red Pear in your Thanksgiving design to reflect falling leaves, glasses of wine, and an overall crispness.

Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Martini Olive

One smart, sophisticated color deserves another with which to pair it. Martini Olive and Red Pear serve nicely as trendy, ‘upscale’ notes of color in the Fall/Winter 2018 collection. With such a focus on natural, earthy tones in both the 2017 and 2018 Pantone collections, Martini Olive has a mossy tone that is both comfortable and inviting.

Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

3. Russet Orange

The boldest choice among these 5 (and second only to Limelight in pure ‘pop value’ in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 color palette), Russet Orange is a perfect shade for Thanksgiving design in 2018. Russet Orange is a wonderful choice for that burst of warm color you want in your Thanksgiving design, especially on your Thanksgiving table.

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Ceylon Yellow

Ceylon Yellow gets the other ‘warm tone’ nod over Limelight and Valiant Poppy due to its ability to pair with the other selections on this list. Far more subdued than other bright tones in the Fall/Winter 2018 Pantone collection, this mustard yellow provides warmth without dominating the other colors in your design.

Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Almond Buff

Now that we have four strong Pantone color choices from the ‘core’ 10 colors in the Fall/Winter 2018 palette, it’s time to tie them together with a smart neutral from this season’s Classic Colors collection. Almond Buff isn’t as bold as Meerkat, and isn’t as shy and shrinking as Tofu. Pairing this light taupe/tan neutral with the other natural colors in this collection is a simple decision for a Pantone Thanksgiving 2018 design palette.

From the deep wine red of Red Pear to the sumptuous pumpkin of Russet Orange, the understated and elegant Martini Olive to Ceylon Yellow’s ‘squash’-like appeal – adding Almond Buff to the design mix seems like the perfect way to cap off this colorful Thanksgiving feast!

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette: A Home Design Perspective

The Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report has been released, and it (as always) has a direct effect on every facet of the world of design. Here at Design Your Lifestyle, we’re obviously most interested in how the 10 colors selected in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 palette affect the landscape of home design, interior design, and specifically custom kitchen and bath design.

Our first take of the collection was one of pleasant surprise. Traditionally, the autumn and winter seasonal color palette is a bit more staid and reserved, with more neutral tones, deep blues, grays and a hint of color. Not so in 2018! The Fall/Winter 2018 color palette is rich with vibrant colors, some pastels and bold, warm tones. Pantone stated with the release of the Spring 2018 Color Trend Report that 2018 would be more colorful in general; they certainly followed through with their promise here. It’s key to note that Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, appears in this collection.

In our last article, we covered the smart, versatile Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors. It would appear the classic color palette was designed specifically to pair neatly with these 10 tones, as the “mix and match” possibilities are bountiful.

The seasonal Pantone Color Trend Reports are best represented on the runways of Fashion Week and the world’s most notable fashion designers. But how do these 10 colors adapt and translate to the world of home design?

Short answer: some are less adaptable than others. There are easy candidates for home design to spot among the collection (Nebulas Blue, Martini Olive), but how does one integrate colors like Russet Orange or Limelight into the home? (Or should they at all?)

Let’s take a look at the 10 selections in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Color Trend Report and color palette, and offer a quick perspective on where they may fit into a smart home design.

Pantone’s 10 Colors for Fall/Winter 2018

1. Red Pear

Red Pear stunned and invigorated on the runway, but will it do the same for your home? We generally don’t see it as a wall color (perhaps an accent wall?) in most scenarios, but Red Pear certainly brings sophistication and depth to any space. Pair wisely with a very neutral/white tone, and Red Pear may prove to be a real stunner.

Red Pear Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

2. Valiant Poppy

Pantone describes Valiant Poppy as “brave and outgoing”, and we couldn’t say it better. This isn’t a red shade to toy with; Valiant Poppy is not going to shy away and fade into the background of your home’s color scheme. If you desire a bold red space, look no further.

Valiant Poppy Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

3. Nebulas Blue

Perhaps the most versatile of all the Fall/Winter 2018 colors when it comes to home design, we enjoy the richness of Nebulas Blue. It works well as a nautical tone, a bold bright blue, a primary or secondary shade. We’re intrigued by its potential as a complementary tone in a white kitchen or white bath.

Nebulas Blue Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

4. Ceylon Yellow

A mustard yellow with a bit of ‘spice’, Ceylon Yellow is perhaps more versatile than other yellow tones – simply due to the fact it’s not as ‘bright and sunny’. The mixture of yellow-brown mutes the warmth of Ceylon Yellow, allowing it to serve as a secondary, complementary design tone in the proper setting.

Ceylon Yellow Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

5. Martini Olive

If you’re looking for a muted, savvy earth tone, Martini Olive is the kind of green you may like. Use it to evoke an earthy feeling in your space, or to solid effect in a more “sophisticated” bar, office, or lounge.

Martini Olive Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

6. Russet Orange

Here’s the paradox of Russet Orange: we love its bright, sunny disposition and bold orange hue. The same characteristics that make us love it as a color make us wary of it in design. If your space relies on earth tones and wood features, Russet Orange may have some utility in very small doses.

Russet Orange Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

7. Ultra Violet

This bold tone is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. Ultra Violet is “a lot of purple” to take in at once, and while it makes a fantastic runway statement as a primary tone, it may not do the same in your home design. Except for rare occasions, Ultra Violet is best utilized as an accent shade.

Ultra Violet Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

8. Crocus Petal

A pastel shade usually reserved for Pantone Spring collections, Crocus Petal is fresh and floral. If you’re looking for a soft touch in your home design, a shade like this one (used properly) can provide comfort and relaxation.

Crocus Petal Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

9. Limelight

Limelight is either the center of attention in your design, or not in your design whatsoever. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart or the conservative designer. If you’re trying to make a statement, Limelight may be the color for you – but proceed with caution.

Limelight Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

10. Quetzal Green

A deep emerald jewel tone reminiscent of recent Pantone selection Arcadia, Quetzal Green trends even closer to blue than past green tones in Pantone color palettes. It’s not an “all-over” shade, but it definitely has use in accents, decor and accessory pieces.

Quetzal Green Pantone Fall/Winter 2018

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors | HTML, RGB, Hex Values, Decor Ideas

Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors | HTML, RGB, Hex Values, Decor Ideas

Searching for official HTML, RGB and hex values for the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors, as well as decor ideas for the home? You’ve come to the right place!

From the official Pantone release of the Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color Palette:

While there is no ‘typical’ anymore, there remains a need for structure and foundation in everyday fashion. Our five core colors, easily worn across the seasons, are more crucial than ever. As ‘trends’ stay relevant longer, and consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations, these five core shades serve as the critical building blocks for your wardrobe.

While the primary audience of that release is wardrobe and fashion designers, the same core color design principles hold true when developing a world-class custom kitchen, bath, or whole home design. These 5 “classic colors” translate well into home design – especially more traditional, staid kitchen and bath designs.

Let’s take a look at the Classic Colors of Fall/Winter 2018 as named by Pantone: Sargasso Sea, Tofu, Almond Buff, Quiet Gray and Meerkat.

Sargasso Sea: The Depths of Navy Blue

Sargasso Sea was crowned “the staple color” of the neutral set in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 collection. An intriguing navy blue that’s dark and deep (like its namesake), Sargasso Sea actually benefits from this depth, becoming easier to pair than most navy tones. While not quite as universal as black or gray, Sargasso Sea approaches that territory far more closely than other blueish neutrals, and increases its versatility. This isn’t an “all-over” wall color by any means, but Sargasso Sea is usable just about anywhere in the home.

Sargasso Sea Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Tofu: The Off-White of Fall 2018

Off-white hues run the risk of being bland. Tofu’s just curious enough to buck that trend. Are we dealing with an ivory shade? Is the “off-white” note more towards a taupe? Whatever your eye tells you, Tofu is a rich, creamy off-white that attracts the eye. While it’s not a perfect neutral pairing for any primary design color, Tofu does the trick as a primary color itself, particularly in a clean, simple bath design with elegant features and brushed fixtures.

Tofu Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Almond Buff: The Comfortable Taupe

Almond Buff is a delicious shade of taupe that reminds us a lot of a light cup of breakfast blend coffee – one milk, two sugars, and an inviting aroma. A “natural camel hue with understated appeal” (according to Pantone), Almond Buff is the most “pairable” tan in this season’s collection. Almond Buff is a willing and amenable partner to light and dark shades, looks great against solid white, and fits neatly into the design scheme of a neutrally-based kitchen or bath design.

Almond Buff Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Quiet Gray: The Muted, Safe Bet

When in doubt, a muted cool gray is a savvy choice for home design in 2018. From backsplashes to kitchen islands, subway tile to bathroom furnishings, Quiet Gray is about as versatile a color as you’ll find in the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Try it just about anywhere – in the hands of a world-class designer, it can become a lasting staple of your home’s color scheme.

Quiet Gray Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

Meerkat: The Slightly Audacious Brown

Perhaps the singular smash hit of the Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Colors on the runway, Meerkat will certainly be in demand in terms of fall fashion. But where is Meerkat’s place in home color design? While it doesn’t appear to be quite the “right brown” for a primary color (especially on walls), Meerkat is a cheeky shade of brown that works well in accessories, decor, and perhaps in wainscoting, chair rails or crown moulding (although it must be paired properly). Have fun playing with this one!

Meerkat Pantone Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color HTML Hex RGB

 

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo Colors: An Official Pantone Color Guide

Cinco De Mayo is more than just a big party – although a great excuse to fiesta is always welcome! For Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and people of Mexican heritage worldwide, Cinco De Mayo is a day of national pride, honor and triumph. This article will help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo in proper style!

Cinco De Mayo literally means “May 5th” in Spanish. It’s a celebration of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla over the heavily-favored French Empire in 1862 – of course, the battle took place on May 5th. On that day, the French forces outnumbered Mexicans by double, but the Mexicans prevailed and established a sense of national pride and unity that had been lost in previous conflicts.

While not exactly an “Independence Day”, Cinco De Mayo is a celebration and recognition of Mexican pride, spirit, and bravery in the face of adversity. Outside Mexico, the holiday is used to promote Mexican culture, customs, food and music throughout the world, and is especially popular in the United States, Canada and Japan.

As you might expect, the colors closely associated with Cinco de Mayo are the official colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. But what are the official colors of the flag of Mexico?

Leave it to Design Your Lifestyle – color design aficionados that we are – to provide you with the answer!

Pantone, the world’s foremost authority of color design, has designated the official colors of many of the world’s flags, including Mexico’s. Through the use of the Pantone Color Matching System (CMS), there are uniform names and codes for virtually every color imaginable – including the three primary colors in the Mexican flag.

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, do it properly – and use these three Pantone shades of red, white and green for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Official Pantone Colors of Cinco de Mayo

Red (Pantone 186)

(Hex Value: C8102E)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Red

Green (Pantone 3425)

(Hex Value: 006341)

Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone Green

White

(Hex Value: FFFFFF)Cinco de Mayo Official Pantone White

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Top Kitchen Design Trends For Spring 2018: Splashy Bright Tones and Botanical Decor

Are you “on trend” with your Spring 2018 kitchen design? While it’s important to create an overall kitchen design aesthetic that’s “built to last”, there are always ways to tweak your kitchen design and spice things up with changing times.

Maybe you don’t have it in your budget for a total kitchen makeover – but that’s not necessary! Changing or updating just one small facet of your current kitchen can make all the difference in the world. The key is choosing the right updates – and utilizing a world-class kitchen designer certainly doesn’t hurt.

From Pantone’s Spring 2018 color collection to neutral and wood tones, there are plenty of wonderful Spring 2018 kitchen trends from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for a new backsplash design, an updated kitchen island, new cabinetry and flooring options, or modernizing some out-of-date appliances, this season’s kitchen design trends offer lasting solutions to your individual needs.

Let’s take a look at several of Spring 2018’s best kitchen design trends, and how you can utilize them to create (or update) the kitchen of your dreams.

Top Spring 2018 Kitchen Design Trends: Update Your Kitchen!

1. Use a splash of Spring 2018 color to update your kitchen island or backsplash.

Spring 2018’s color scheme, according to Pantone, is full of bright tones and pastels that work as well in your kitchen as they do on the runway. From Spring Crocus to Meadowlark, so many of these bright tones can be utilized to add a splash of color to your kitchen design.

New kitchen design installation photos from Peter Salerno Inc.
A gorgeous blue kitchen island in a new Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design.

The kitchen island pictured above (from Peter Salerno Inc.) is a fresh take on Pantone Spring 2018’s Little Boy Blue, set against the backdrop of a neutrally-based color palette. The result is a stunning pop of color that transforms a useful kitchen island feature into a true conversation piece. It’s the perfect example of how to incorporate a splash of Spring 2018 Pantone color into your kitchen design without being overbearing or garish. (Note the knotty faux-wood grain flooring, another major trend in Spring 2018 kitchen design.)

2. Botanicals and fresh, leafy arrangements are a great choice to spruce up your kitchen decor.

Botanicals are back in a big way, with imaginative presentations leading the charge. (We love Decoist’s coverage of Framed Botanicals as a decor option.) From large vases to wall-mounted frames, bold botanical presentations are all the rage in Spring 2018.

We love botanical and floral presentations in your kitchen design for any season because of the air of freshness they exude. Nothing’s more appetizing and refreshing in your kitchen than a beautiful display of plants, flowers or succulents to brighten the room with pops of color and the scent of the outdoors. Plus, you can use your botanical and floral arrangements to accent the color scheme of your kitchen!

Peter Salerno Inc. kitchen design, 2017 design trends
Botanical arrangements add a natural ‘pop’ to your Spring 2018 kitchen design, no matter how neutral the colors.

3. Matte appliances are still in style for Spring 2018.

Matte appliances began their ascent back to kitchen design prominence midway through 2017, and the trend still very much applies to Spring 2018 kitchen design. World-renowned appliance makers like Miele, La Cornue, Sub-Zero and Wolf are all on board, letting the state-of-the-art functionality of their machinery do the talking while the finish on the appliances themselves is subtle and understated.

Using matte appliance finishes allows you to let other elements of your kitchen design ‘flash’, and also lets you flow your range, sink, and refrigerator more naturally into brushed, matte handles on your cabinetry.

A closer look at a custom RangeCraft range hood design.
A closer look at a gorgeous custom RangeCraft range hood design.

4. Love traditional colors? Nautical color schemes are “on trend” for Spring 2018.

In addition to the oversized Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Pantone released a sub-set of 4 “Classic Colors” that bring nautical themes back into kitchen design. From Warm Sand to Sailor Blue, Harbor Mist to Coconut Milk, this collection of off-whites, deep blue and neutral beige is a godsend to “yacht party” style enthusiasts and classic color lovers.

The thing we love about the Spring 2018 Classic Colors collection is its versatility. Whether you utilize these colors in your island countertop, cabinetry, flooring, backsplash or kitchen counters, they all work and flow together beautifully to create a traditional color palette that will last for years.

 

A Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook

A Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook

What good is a stunning color design palette if you don’t put it to use? That’s the question we set out to answer when creating a Pantone Spring 2018 Home Design Ideabook, utilizing 8 Pantone Spring 2018 colors in four distinct combinations to give a ‘visual pop’ to this brilliant color collection.

As always, the design photos featured were taken by Peter Rymwid, and the designs themselves were created and executed by the brilliant Peter Salerno and his team at Peter Salerno Inc. Since its inception in 1997, Peter Salerno Inc. has been at the forefront of custom kitchen and bath design. Since 2002, no North American design company has won more national design awards than Peter Salerno Inc.

As with past Pantone seasonal ideabooks, Design Your Lifestyle attempts to present this season’s hottest trending colors in as many different home design forms and functions as possible. In the Spring 2018 edition, we present Peter Salerno Inc. designs for a traditional living space, a transitional kitchen, a beach house kitchen, and a traditional kitchen/bar combination design.

We also did our best to represent all facets of the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette, highlighting neutrals, bright tones, pastels and the classic color palette. There’s certainly a design featured here for everyone’s taste, and we hope you all find something from which to draw design inspiration!

We’d love feedback on the Peter Salerno Inc. designs featured, the outstanding Peter Rymwid photography, and the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection as a whole. Don’t be afraid to interact with us in the comments section, and make sure to subscribe to Design Your Lifestyle for the very latest in home design and design trends!

Coconut Milk and Harbor Mist: A Clean Transitional Kitchen Design Pairing

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

Meadowlark and Emperador: A Studious Traditional Design Combination

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

Little Boy Blue and Spring Crocus: A Cheerful Splash to a Kitchen Design

This bright shore kitchen showcases Greenery in the form of actual greenery! (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc., Peter Rymwid)

Almost Mauve and Warm Sand: A Lush, Luxurious Living Room Design

peter salerno inc 2018 home design spring 2018 pantone