Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

Pairing Pantone Spring 2018 Neutrals For Home Design

The Pantone Spring 2018 Color Collection has produced some of our favorite neutral tones in years.

Beige, white, off-white and gray are all present in this season’s collection, and each tone (be it classic or contemporary) brings with it a myriad of design pairings and design options. While the needs of home designers are different than those designing for the runway, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette still serves as a helpful guide and inspiration for home design experts and home owners alike.

From classic gray and white tones to a warm, inviting beige and a blushing off-white stunner, here are 4 of our favorite neutral shades from the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and some other Pantone Spring 2018 colors we think pair nicely with each.

Harbor Mist: A Classic Gray Neutral

Sturdy, reliable and not-too-dark, Harbor Mist is a classic gray neutral. It’s a light enough shade of gray to provide a stable anchor for your design without darkening the room. Part of the Classic Colors sub-set of the Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Harbor Mist is most useful with two color palettes in mind: nautical and primary colors. (Think blues, whites, reds, beiges, and yellows).

Pair Harbor Mist With:






Coconut Milk: A Versatile Off-White Neutral

Coconut Milk is a fantastic slightly off-white neutral that plays directly into the trend of white kitchen designs and living space designs that has dominated 2017 and 2018 home design. We love the idea of pairing it with “woody” browns like Emperador, or bold jewel tones like Arcadia. The best part of designing with Coconut Milk is that it can serve as a ‘blank canvas’ for bolder colors, or the fresh white focus of your design.

Pair Coconut Milk With:






Almost Mauve: A Blushing Neutral

Almost Mauve is such a sneaky and fun neutral to play with if you like warm tones and pastels. A closer look at its shade reveals a slight blush – but is it rosy? Is it lavender? Whatever the case may be, this beautiful gem of a neutral works well with so many warm and pastel tones… and the Pantone Spring 2018 collection is full of them!

Pair Almost Mauve With:






Warm Sand: An “Anything But Boring” Beige Neutral

An anchor tone of the Pantone 2018 Classic Colors sub-set of the Spring 2018 collection, Warm Sand is an inviting beige that can bring any number of complementary colors to your design ‘dance floor’. We’re in love with the idea of pairing Warm Sand with shades like Meadowlark and Little Boy Blue – but the best part of Warm Sand is its versatility. Try it with warmer shades like Chili Oil, or why not pair it with another neutral (Coconut Milk is a great choice)?

Pair Warm Sand With:

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

Six Pantone Spring 2018 Color Combinations for Home Design

We love the extended Spring 2018 color design palette from Pantone. With 12 intriguing colors in the base Spring 2018 collection and an additional four tones in the Classic Colors addendum, home design experts and hobbyists alike have a myriad of options from which to choose.

Whether you’re a fan of sturdy, nautical colors like Harbor Mist and Sailor Blue; bright, audacious colors like Arcadia and Ultra Violet; or bright pastels like Spring Crocus and Blooming Dahlia, the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette has something for you.

Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.
Ultra Violet (18-3838) is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

Many design experts have weighed in on how to combine these colors for dramatic effect on the runway and in your daily wardrobe. But what about those of you looking to make an immediate impact on your home design, kitchen design or bathroom re-model using the Pantone Spring 2018 collection?

The opportunities and combinations are, as stated above, endless. We at Design Your Lifestyle happen to like six particular color combinations (using 12 of the 16 Spring 2018 colors) when planning a custom kitchen or bath design.

We’ve done our best to include selections from all the sub-sets of the collection, including Bright Tones, Complementary Neutrals, Cool but Powerful Colors, Perfect Pastels, and the Classic Colors collection.

From the light touch of Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve to the warm-toned punch of Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil, these are six color combinations that can instantly spark your Pantone Spring 2018-inspired home design or re-design.

Which color combination is your favorite? Do you have a different suggestion? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Emperador and Meadowlark





Spring Crocus and Almost Mauve






Lime Punch and Coconut Milk






Little Boy Blue and Warm Sand






Harbor Mist and Pink Lavender






Blooming Dahlia and Chili Oil

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Perfect Pastels

Pantone Spring 2018 Colors | 3 Perfect Pastels

Our breakdown of the expanded Pantone Spring 2018 color collection concludes as we take a look at a group of 3 colors that many design experts consider the “heart” of the Spring 2018 season.

Separately, Spring Crocus, Blooming Dahlia and Pink Lavender are lush, blushing shades. Together, they form a collection of 3 perfect pastels that have the very best in home design, fashion design and industrial design fawning.

Read our full collection of Pantone Spring 2018 Color Palette articles:

The fact that each color is named for a flower (crocus, dahlia) or herb (lavender) isn’t lost on us; this is a direct nod by Pantone to the continual trend towards natural colors and tones first set by Greenery as the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

The 12 shades selected for the Pantone Spring 2018 color palette (plus the 4 “Classic Colors” listed as an addendum) are a large step for Pantone, the world’s foremost authority on color design and color matching. In recent years, Pantone has released seasonal collections of 10 colors, offering plenty of selection and inspiration for color design enthusiasts.

Let’s take a closer look at these 3 alluring spring pastel colors, and how they influence color and design trends in the Spring 2018 season.

PANTONE 17-3020 Spring Crocus

Spring Crocus directly challenges the notion that pastels and floral colors have to be “soft”. On the contrary, Spring Crocus (Pantone 17-3020) is vibrant and playful – almost acting as the “younger sibling” of Ultra Violet, the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Spring Crocus

PANTONE 15-1520 Blooming Dahlia

Blooming Dahlia is just gorgeous. This peach shade is a rare “understated” warm color – although Pantone itself describes its tone as “alluring”. We don’t disagree. Much like Spring 2017’s Pale Dogwood, Blooming Dahlia (Pantone 15-1520) is a sneakily useful shade in kitchen and bath design.

Pantone Spring 2018 color Blooming Dahlia

PANTONE 14-3207 Pink Lavender

The coolest and most versatile of the three pastels in the Pantone Spring 2018 collection, Pink Lavender’s name sounds like a contradiction – but it’s actually a very apt description. It sits in the family of past Pantone seasonal color selections like Ballet Slipper (2017) and Rose Quartz (2016).

Pantone Spring 2018 color Pink Lavender


Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood [Part 3 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood

If you like your spring design colors a bit more relaxed and airy than the bold Lapis Blue and Flame we featured in Part 2 of our Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends piece, then Part 3 is for you!

As we’ve stated throughout this Pantone Spring 2017 color design series, the selected colors of Spring 2017 reflect natural beauty, bright optimism, and fresh beginnings. From the fantastic blue anchor color Niagara to the nutty neutral Hazelnut, Pantone’s colors for this spring signal a return to the great (and beautiful) outdoors.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Island Paradise and Pale Dogwood are delicate and arresting.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Island Paradise and Pale Dogwood are delicate and arresting.

In Part 3 of our 5-part series on this season’s Pantone color palette, we’ve paired off the two most understated, delicate and light-hearted colors of the spring – Island Paradise (14-4620 TCX) and Pale Dogwood (13-1404 TCX). The combination of fresh aqua and shy, gentle pink is at once charming and soothing.

From the Spring 2017 runway collections at New York Fashion Week to trends in interior design and home decor, these two beautiful hues might not demand your focus – but they certainly deserve your attention.

If this is your first look at our 5-part Pantone Spring 2017 series, here is the full list of Spring 2017 Pantone colors, along with their TCX designations and the order in which we will feature them:

Let’s take a closer look at 2 more shades in the Spring 2017 Pantone color design palette – Island Paradise and Pale Dogwood.

Island Paradise: A Refreshing Aqua Blue

Perhaps the most inherently “spring” of the Pantone Spring 2017 color selections, Island Paradise immediately evokes images of clear, Caribbean water and bright blue skies.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Island Paradise is a cool, refreshing aqua.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Island Paradise is a cool, refreshing aqua.

Light blue is generally recognized as a color that promotes daydreaming and pleasant thought. As such, utilize Island Paradise in areas of your home where you want to relax! A perfect, pleasant shade for any beach home, sun room or any “R&R” space, Island Paradise is a fine color selection for a room design meant to induce relaxation.

When it comes to wardrobe and fashion design, Island Paradise has found its way into airy sleeveless tops, cotton shorts, and sheer dresses. If you’re looking for jewel tones and/or accessories to accentuate your Island Paradise wardrobe, try silver, aquamarine, rose gold and lighter shades of leather.

Pale Dogwood: One Of Our Favorite Shades of Pink

Gosh, we love Pale Dogwood. A “relative” of 2016’s Pantone co-color of the year, Rose Quartz, this soft pink is becoming quite the commodity in bridesmaids’ dresses, sofas, and bedroom accessories such as pillows and throws. In other words, Pale Dogwood has become a Pantone shade instantly synonymous with softness and comfort.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The light, airy Pale Dogwood is an amazing shade of pink.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The light, airy Pale Dogwood is an amazing shade of pink.

The delicate floral nature of Pale Dogwood lends itself brilliantly to accessories in home decor and design. The “baby pink” will naturally be attached to baby’s rooms; don’t be afraid to utilize the shade in modest doses in your kitchen and bath designs as well. We’re also seeing a growing movement on Pinterest of homeowners and home designers using Pale Dogwood as an accent wall color.

Major label designers and clothiers such as Banana Republic and Lacoste adored Pale Dogwood in their Spring 2017 fashion designs and runway exhibits. Pale Dogwood’s inherent airy beauty works well in both men’s and women’s fashion – guys, if you see a Pale Dogwood polo, dress shirt or shorts and are intrigued, go for it! In terms of women’s fashion, Pale Dogwood is a tremendous choice for sundresses, blouses and small accessory pieces for the hair and wrists.

Stay with Design Your Lifestyle over the next several weeks, as we continue to feature the ten beautiful hues that make up the Pantone Spring 2017 Color Design Report!