Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

Cooling Off | The Cool Tones of PANTONE Autumn 2019

With all the Autumn Heat dominating this fall’s color design landscape, PANTONE had to do something to cool it down a bit.

The 5 cool tones chosen by PANTONE to balance the overall heat of the Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report are thoughtful and understated. (Even the relative vibrance of a tone called Guacamole is muted when surrounded by Orange Tiger and Chili Pepper.)

Pantone Autumn 2019 Cool Color Tones

Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue and Bluestone offer a bridge between the core Autumn 2019 PANTONE collection and its accompanying “Classics”. Guacamole stands a bit on its own, as Eden’s lush forest green stands a bit closer to the night sky of Evening Blue. Bluestone is a versatile and ‘quiet’ blue-gray that works beautifully in traditional and transitional kitchen and bath design. Galaxy Blue is “that” mainstay blue tone – royal, elegant and alluring.

The overall steadiness of PANTONE’s Autumn 2019 cool colors is a departure from the rest of the Autumn 2019 collection, and certainly from the Bold Optimism of the Spring 2019 Color Trend Report. Spring’s ‘cool colors’ were vibrant and commanded attention; tones like Pepper Stem and Princess Blue were less ‘shrinking violet’s and more center stage.

By contrast, Fall 2019’s cool tones are more sedate, more content to provide stability in the background. While the lush elegance of Eden and Evening Blue is evident, they’re not going to dazzle you from across the room.

And that sedate beauty is precisely what this season’s Color Trend Report needed. With firecrackers like Dark Cheddar and Fruit Dove going off all over this PANTONE collection, high-visibility cream tones like Crème de Pêche and Vanilla Custard demanding their own turn in the spotlight, and the sweet tones of Sugar Almond and Peach Pink pulling some focus, the cool colors in the PANTONE Autumn 2019 collection had to provide a quiet, complementary backbone.

Let’s take a look at the 5 cool colors selected for the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 Color Trend Report.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Trend Report: The Cool Color Tones

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Guacamole (PANTONE 17-0530)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Eden (PANTONE 19-6050)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Evening Blue (PANTONE 19-3815)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Galaxy Blue (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Bluestone (PANTONE 19-4055)

Which of these 5 colors (Guacamole, Eden, Evening Blue, Galaxy Blue or Bluestone) do you think is the most versatile and useful? Which would you like to use in your dream kitchen or bath design? Leave us a comment!

Autumn Heat | Warm Tones Dominate PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019

Autumn Heat | Warm Tones Dominate PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019

It’s going to be a hot fall, if PANTONE has anything to say about it. The PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 collection is dominated by warm tones, with more red and orange colors present in one autumn collection than we can remember.

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Warm Colors
Autumn Heat: PANTONE Autumn 2019 colors are dominated by warm tones.

The names say it all. Orange Tiger. Chili Pepper. There’s a sultry heat to this Autumn PANTONE collection, exuding power and self-assurance.

“Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors,” Laurie Pressman says in the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 Color Trend Report. Following the lead of PANTONE 2019 Color of the Year Living Coral, the entire design year in color has been bold, hot, and unafraid to be unique.

Check out how deep the red colors in this collection are – Chili Pepper and Biking Red are smoldering, and much closer to brown than pink. The orange spectrum is well represented once again this season, with the orangey-brown Dark Cheddar and bright hot Orange Tiger.

What do you think about the trend towards warm tones into Autumn 2019? Were you looking forward to cooler blues and greens, or are you happy to see these bold, outgoing reds and oranges staying out front?

Follow Design Your Lifestyle and be sure to look out for our FULL coverage of the PANTONE Autumn/Winter 2019 color trend report!

Chili Pepper

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Chili Pepper

Biking Red

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Biking Red

Peach Pink

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Peach Pink

Fruit Dove

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Fruit Dove

Dark Cheddar

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Dark Cheddar

Orange Tiger

PANTONE Autumn 2019 Color Orange Tiger

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

PANTONE Home + Interiors 2020 Color Forecast | A First Look

In the latest edition of what has become a must own series for home and interior design enthusiasts, PANTONE explores “Color for a New Era: Trends, Twists and Tweaks.”

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is an essential style guidebook to color trends for the upcoming year in home design. From the official PANTONE release:

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guides us into this new era reinforcing the notion that muted and vibrant tones can co-exist, and that a traditional style, especially when tweaked with futuristic touches, offers an unusual and original approach to a product or an interior.

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 is more than the ‘book’ itself; it comes with an enclosed USB drive featuring forecast imagery separated by color family and projected color palettes. In addition, each book comes with a complimentary PANTONE Color Software Manager download which allows you integrate PANTONE colors into digital designs. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your digital design presents the exact color palette you will see in your finished home design space.

What can we learn from the colors presented in this PANTONE forecast? Primarily, that we can throw some staid, traditional color design “rules” out the window. Of particular note to our team at ‘Design Your Lifestyle’ was the re-imagining of traditional neutral tones – taking their place as ‘anchor’ tones in color palettes are more diverse shades like Infinity (a gorgeous dusky blue), Plum Kitten (a gray with very faint reddish-purple undertones), and the classic Maroon.

While ‘neutral’ takes on a different role in this collection, green and floral tones are dominant. We are enamored with the two green colors in the set (Smoke Green and Watercress), which open up a myriad of pairing options. We love the green tones with the light mustard-yellow Acacia, the peachy Dusty Pink, and the punchy Super Pink.

In all, there are 72 forecasted colors in the PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 guide; we’ve narrowed our preview of this collection to 8 of our very favorite from the “Beyond the Pale” series. We’d love to know what you think about the color palette – leave us a comment!

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2020 Preview | “Beyond the Pale” Palette

Dusty Pink (PANTONE 14-1316 TCX)

PANTONE Dusty Pink

Smoke Green (PANTONE 15-6315 TCX)

PANTONE Smoke Green

Super Pink (PANTONE 17-2625 TCX)

PANTONE Super Pink

Acacia (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Acacia

Watercress (PANTONE 13-0640 TCX)

PANTONE Watercress

Maroon (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Maroon

Plum Kitten (PANTONE 18-1619 TCX)

PANTONE Plum Kitten

Infinity (PANTONE 17-4015 TCX)

PANTONE Infinity

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

Trending Red + Blue Tones For 4th of July Design

The 4th of July is all about expressing your American patriotism – so make sure you’re doing so in the most stylish way possible!

The freedom of expression is one of the great liberties Americans possess. Within that right is the ability to create, express and design your lifestyle in ways you find beautiful. Independence Day is a perfect occasion to blend your personal style with the colors that represent American pride.

4th of July Pantone color palette Peter Salerno Inc.

Red and blue color tones take center stage on the 4th of July, with re-imaginations of the American flag everywhere you look. From classic, traditional salutes to the flag to trendy takes on red and blue shades, patriotic color design extends from clothing to furniture, accessories to decor, and residential to commercial expressions.

So, how can you set yourself apart this 4th of July if everyone’s working with the same two colors?

Our trusted advisors at PANTONE – the world’s foremost authority on color – have their finger on the pulse of color, design and application. Consistently ahead of the curve on color theory and intelligence, PANTONE provides informative articles as well as the world’s finest color matching system.

Smart design experts understand what a valuable resource PANTONE can be. We’ve taken their expertise and applied it to the 4th of July, searching their latest articles, trend forecasts and color palettes for our favorite red and blue hues to inspire your Independence Day style.

We’ve developed a palette of 8 colors – 4 reds and 4 blues – upon which to build our 4th of July color design. A series of versatile blues spans from light and airy to rich and stable. The four red tones sizzle with all the pizzazz of 4th of July fireworks.

We’d love to know which red and blue tones you like best – Happy 4th of July, and make sure to leave us a comment!

4th of July Color Palette | PANTONE Reds + Blues

Fruit Dove

4th of July Pantone color palette Fruit Dove

Fiesta

4th of July Pantone color palette Fiesta

Valiant Poppy

4th of July Pantone color palette Valiant Poppy

Chili Pepper

4th of July Pantone color palette Chili Pepper

Eclipse

4th of July Pantone color palette Eclipse

Galaxy Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Galaxy Blue

Princess Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Princess Blue

Sky Blue

4th of July Pantone color palette Sky Blue

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

PANTONE Home + Interiors Presents Modern Wanderlust for Polyester

“Be On Color,” PANTONE urges us. “Feel a New Color Movement.”

Our answer to PANTONE is simple. “Yes, please.”

PANTONE has released a new Polyester Swatch Book, debuting 203 PANTONE colors cultivated specifically to be used on polyester and other synthetic materials.

PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust
The PANTONE Polyester Standards Modern Wanderlust Collection

From the official PANTONE website:

As new markets highlighting engineered materials continue to emerge, and new inorganic materials enter the market, there is an increasing desire for more saturated colors; colors beyond those formulated for natural fibers; colors whose appearance displays greater hue intensity. Our new Pantone Polyester Standards address this need and demand for a deeper level of coloration.

Creating a special collection of colors using dyes specifically for polyester removes the guesswork, allowing you to reproduce these colors quickly and effortlessly in polyester, as well as other synthetic fibers.

We’re excited about the 203 PANTONE colors curated specifically for the Polyester collection. These tones were developed to be highly saturated, bold and clear. In the past, those who designed and decorated used synthetic and inorganic materials couldn’t be certain the seasonal colors presented would present themselves properly on their desired “canvas”; now, the guesswork has been eliminated.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

The first color palette compiled from the PANTONE Polyester Swatch Book is Modern Wanderlust, a fun series of hot bright tones balanced by a cool (but still fun) neutral. Even the customary cool tones pack a punch – specifically the fashionable green “pop” of Irish Jig and the beachy blue of Spring Break.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Berry Pinwheel (PANTONE 18-1855) is the rare hot pink that encourages the user to lead with it in a color design scheme. The bold tone borders on red and is highly reminiscent of one of PANTONE’s fieriest Spring 2019 selections, Pink Peacock.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Straddling the space between Spring 2019’s Turmeric and Mango Mojito is the eye-pleasing Exuberant Orange, which leans ever-so-slightly into the yellowish off-white of Pancake Batter, the anchor neutral of the Modern Wanderlust collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Pancake Batter (PANTONE 12-0830) may be our favorite tone from this entire PANTONE Polyester color palette. Equal parts steady and amusing, Pancake Batter can lead the charge in a neutrally-based color design or provide balance to the heat of this collection.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

Jaded (PANTONE 16-5128) is the rare PANTONE color whose label is a bit of a misnomer. There’s nothing dull about this refreshing teal tone; while not as bold and primary as Spring Break or Irish Jig, Jaded may be the most versatile ‘cool tone’ to play with in this palette.

PANTONE Polyester Standards

What’s your overall take on the PANTONE Polyester Modern Wanderlust collection? Which color is your favorite? Leave a comment!

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

Paradise Found | PANTONE’s Tropical Take on 2019 Wedding Color Design

If you missed Pantone’s recent article on 2019 wedding color palettes, click here for the full piece – it’s a must-read for wedding planners, engaged couples and decorators.

The Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire collaborated on a series of four ‘aspirational but attainable’ color palettes for 2019, and the results were (predictably) magnificent. Each series of 8 to 10 Pantone colors provides a fully realized color design for four very different concepts and feels. One of these stood out to us as particularly unique and inventive; more on the Paradise Found palette in a moment!

Followers of Design Your Lifestyle are well aware how high a value we place on color design. This is especially the case for weddings; color palettes are often the first decision made by brides, grooms and planners. The color scheme of a wedding ceremony, reception and festivities sets the tone for the occasion, and modern couples constantly search for unique color ideas to stand apart from other weddings in their season.

Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette
Paradise Found | Pantone x Wedding Wire 2019 Wedding Color Palette

A quote from Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute:

“Color is a powerful tool – not just for enhancing aesthetics that are critical to every element of a wedding – but to evoke emotion and create the special mood that a couple wishes to communicate throughout their special day from playful and adventurous to romantic and timeless, and everything in between. In concert with the resources and planning tools from WeddingWire, these custom palettes created by The Pantone Color Institute are intended to help couples navigate their color and design choices in an inspiring, meaningful and uniquely memorable way.”

We are extremely enamored with the Paradise Found color palette cultivated by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire for the 2019 wedding season. The 10 colors in the collection resonate so beautifully with the Pantone Spring 2019 collection and its blend of inviting sea and sky tones. Paradise Found also finds harmony with Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.

The steady Blanc de Blanc and Deep Lagoon provide a backbone for the audacious Firecracker and Blue Curacao. The pastel warmth of Papaya Punch is offset neatly by the blue-green of Fanfare and Spectra Green. The rich, dazzling Golden Egg rounds out the Paradise Found collection.

Again, we strongly encourage you to read the entire original article on 2019 Wedding Color Palettes by the Pantone Color Institute and Wedding Wire.

Here is a sneak peek at the eight colors selected for the Paradise Found 2019 wedding color palette.

Paradise Found | 2019 Wedding Color Palette

Curated by Pantone and Wedding Wire

Papaya Punch (PANTONE 15-1433 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Papaya Punch

Firecracker (PANTONE 16-1452 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Firecracker

Blue Curacao (PANTONE 15-4825 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blue Curacao

Fanfare (PANTONE 18-4936 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Fanfare

Spectra Green (PANTONE 17-5335 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Spectra Green

Deep Lagoon (PANTONE 19-4540 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Deep Lagoon

Blanc de Blanc (PANTONE 11-4800 TCX)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Blanc de Blanc

Golden Egg (PANTONE 20-0034 TPM)

Pantone 2019 wedding color Golden Egg

What do YOU think about the Pantone & Wedding Wire “Paradise Found” 2019 wedding color palette? Which colors in the collection are your favorite? Scroll down and leave a comment!

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day Official Colors + Design Ideas

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend and a holiday. It’s a chance to honor America’s military veterans and heroes who laid down their lives for the security and stability of the United States.

There are many ways to remember America’s finest and show honor and respect on Memorial Day. As any great designer will tell you, color can represent thoughts, feelings and emotions beautifully.

The official ribbon color of Memorial Day is yellow. But why? The earliest roots of the tradition tie to the poem “She wore a yellow ribbon”, which has been in existence for roughly 4 centuries. In it, a woman wears a yellow ribbon while waiting for a man she loves to return from a great test or trial. The tradition carried on through Protestant England, where the Puritan Army wore yellow ribbons and sashes during the English Civil War.

Yellow became the official color of the armor branch of the U.S. Army, and was first brought into popular culture by the artist Frederic Remington.

The poem “She wore a yellow ribbon” was updated into song and first published in 1917 as a military marching song by George Norton. However, the yellow ribbon’s popularity and tie to the U.S. military became entrenched during World War II, when the song was re-written and released in the 1949 film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”. Versions of the song were released by the Andrews Sisters, Mitch Miller and others.

Modern Americans are much more familiar with the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree”, although it will surprise many to know it was not written until the 1970s.

What other Memorial Day colors are appropriate besides yellow?

Variations of red, white and blue are always welcome on Memorial Day. We also love the idea of using military shades of green to signify respect and remembrance of American soldiers and military members.

We’ve included six official Pantone colors that we think are great options for Memorial Day.

What colors do you use to observe Memorial Day? Leave a comment!

Memorial Day Design | Official Pantone Colors

Pantone Yellow C

Memorial Day official color Pantone yellow C

Pantone American Beauty

Memorial Day official color American Beauty

Pantone Star Sapphire

Memorial Day official color star sapphire

Pantone Navy Peony

Memorial Day official color  navy peony

Pantone Star White

Memorial Day official color star white

Pantone Military Olive

Memorial Day official color military olive