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Pick These Colors For Mother’s Day Gifts and Designs

Happy Mother’s Day! To the women that raised us, nurtured us, gave us food, clothing and shelter, and sacrificed of themselves to make our lives better – thank you. The words can never be quite enough, but after all you’ve given us, what could be?

It’s that beautiful time of spring, when everything is in bloom, the weather starts getting warm (and staying warm!), and we get to honor the wonderful women in our lives with Mother’s Day gifts, cards and flowers.

A Mother's Day Pantone color design palette.
A Mother’s Day Pantone color design palette.

It can be a slightly awkward affair at times – especially when picking flowers, can’t it? We often find ourselves poring over the floral selection, wondering what each color of roses symbolizes, and whether or not we’re being appropriate (especially if it’s a mother-in-law or a friend!). Are red roses too romantic? Are yellow roses too “friendly” and not “loving enough”?

When it comes to color and design, we here at Design Your Lifestyle like to think we have your back. Coupling our parent company’s knowledge as the most award-winning kitchen design firm in North America this century with our own research into Pantone color system seasonal trends, we’ve come up with the perfect Mother’s Day palette for you!

From warm to cool to neutral, these colors (taken straight from the Pantone color matching system for easy retrieval) are perfectly appropriate – and appropriately perfect! – for Mother’s Day.

The Perfect Colors For Mother’s Day Design

1. Primrose Yellow.

Our lead writer may be a bit biased here: his mother, after all, has a “sunny” disposition when it comes to life and her favorite songs. From “Here Comes the Sun” to “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, it only seemed appropriate to list the hottest shade of bright, sunny yellow from the Spring 2017 Pantone collection as our #1 color design pick for Mother’s Day.

Primrose Yellow (13-0755 TCX) is optimistic, warm, and friendly – perfect for Mother’s Day. Whether it be yellow roses, carnations, gift wrap, lemon cookies (or a bottle of Limoncello), this shade conveys all the love and warmth you want to show Mom this year.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Primrose Yellow injects pure sunshine into spring.

2. Pale Dogwood.

Much like Primrose Yellow, our next color choice comes straight from Pantone’s Spring 2017 color collection. Pale Dogwood (13-1404 TCX) is a light, blushing pink that reflects feminine charm and genuine affection. Unlike a hotter shade of pink (which might set a more romantic or distracting tone), a calmer shade like Pale Dogwood conveys the proper message.

A light shade of pink like this one is a great choice for gift wrap, flowers, table settings, and invitations.

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

3. Lily White.

Don’t judge a color by its name! Such is the case with Lily White (11-4301 TCX), which upon further inspection has a subtle hint of green underneath its neutral white tone. The perfect neutral to accompany all 3 of the other shades in this collection, Lily White manages to be a “warm” white to draw some attention in the midst of its pastel compatriots.

Lily White is a beautiful color choice for present packaging or gift wrap/ribbon, table settings, invitations, vases and other textiles, and a great “pairing color” for the others on this list.

Pantone Lily White. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.

4. Violet Tulip.

Roses are a popular floral choice for Mother’s Day bouquets. But a close second to roses are tulips – and a great purple shade with the tulip in mind rounds out this year’s collection of Mother’s Day colors in our Pantone color palette. Violet Tulip (16-3823 TCX) is a cool lavender shade that is soothing to see.

Use a light lavender shade like Violet Tulip in floral arrangements, “bath and spa” gifts, gift wrap, and in room decor if you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or get-together at your home.

Pantone Violet Tulip. 2017 Mother's Day Colors.

Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Greenery, Pink Yarrow [Part 4 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Greenery and Pink Yarrow Are Stunning

When Greenery (15-0343 TCX) was announced as the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, it signaled a trend towards naturally occurring colors. The cheery, optimistic freshness of Greenery was a welcome sight to many, as it indicated a “happy” set of Spring 2017 Pantone colors. And boy, they didn’t disappoint!

The question that followed in the weeks after the announcement of the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year was relatively universal: “What colors can I pair (or should I pair) with Greenery?” Well, as part of the Spring 2017 Pantone color palette, there are a few options – but one particularly pleasing match.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery and Pink Yarrow.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery and Pink Yarrow.

Enter Pink Yarrow (17-2034 TCX), a blazing hot pink plucked straight from the warmest flower petals. Whereas many green/pink matches rely on a bold green and soft pink, the Greenery and Pink Yarrow combination works for a diametrically opposite reason. The heat of Pink Yarrow set against the fresh Greenery creates a fresh palette that reminds us of hot pink flowers over the soft green of grass or a garden base.

While it may be “safer” to pair Greenery with another Spring 2017 Pantone color selection (such as Primrose Yellow or Niagara), we don’t think the dividends are quite as high as the stunning pairing you can create with Pink Yarrow.

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 look at both colors individually in Part 4 of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Greenery: Why to Love the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone goes so far as to call Greenery (15-0343) “Nature’s Neutral” in their official 2017 Color of the Year announcement. Greenery is more towards the “yellow side” of green – think more Kermit, less Green Arrow – and evokes a fresh, invigorating sense of the outdoors. Greenery is found more in light green grass and sunlit floral leaves than in dense foliage, adding a sunny, optimistic touch to the natural relaxing quality of green.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Home designers, fashion designers and graphic designers alike turn to PANTONE, the world’s foremost authority on color, color identity and color matching, to establish future trends and baselines for their work. The announcement of Greenery as the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year re-affirms the trend towards natural, refreshing color palettes in home design, graphic design and spring fashion.

The trend towards natural, earth-based design should include natural green elements! Use real greenery in your home designs! Incorporate fresh floral sprays, vegetables, leafy arrangements and ferns in your kitchen and bath designs.

Pink Yarrow: For the Bold, Sunny and Beautiful

Color lovers waiting for Pantone to put out a truly “VA-VA-VOOM” color in the Spring 2017 collection are officially in love. Pink Yarrow (17-2034 TCX) trumps them all – even the bold Flame – in sheer flair and brilliance. Pink Yarrow brings a tropical mood to the floral elements of the Pantone Spring 2017 color palette, and pairs with the 2017 Color of the Year in a dramatic, eye-popping way.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The arresting Pink Yarrow turns heads.

At first blush (pun intended), Pink Yarrow seems more like a cosmetic shade – and for years, it has been. But the transition into wardrobe on the Spring 2017 runways has been quick, stunning and seamless.

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!