6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

6 Seasonal Neutral Tones For Your Autumn Design

Autumn is a wonderful time for home design! With Pantone releasing two distinct color palettes for Fall 2017 (New York and London), professional and amateur designers alike have an incredible array of hues to play with in their new design projects.

Neutral tones are the anchor of most great designs. But 2017’s design trends have proven that neutrals can be the feature of your home design color scheme, not just an afterthought!

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of six autumn-inspired seasonal neutral tones that we think work wonderfully in home design palettes. Each color is accompanied by its Pantone color identification number, so sharing it with your design team will be a breeze!

Let’s take a look at 6 seasonal neutral tones for your Autumn 2017 design.

1. Pumpkin Spice

When autumn comes around, it seems like everything turns into Pumpkin Spice. From coffee to candles, muffins to pasta to gum (yes, we’re serious), pumpkin spice has taken over fall. So why shouldn’t it have a place in your autumn design?

2. Oak Buff

We love this color. Oak Buff is a sophisticated tan neutral that provides just enough warmth to draw attention. A Pantone color that emulates light wood grains, Oak Buff is a wonderfully versatile tan neutral that fits in virtually any design scheme you can dream up.

3. Autumn Maple

One of Pantone’s Fall 2017 collection colors, Autumn Maple is a vibrant orange-brown mix that brings to mind beautiful fall foliage. Definitely not your average, sedate brown shade, Autumn Maple brings some spice to the design table.

4. Fall Leaf

If you’re looking for a muted yellow or tan for your home design, Fall Leaf certainly fits the bill. Fall Leaf manages to be a sturdy, complementary neutral without being drab or boring – or worse yet, a shade of yellow that screams more “seasick” than “chic”.

5. Autumn Leaf

If you like a bit more reddish “pop” to your Pantone browns, then Autumn Leaf might be for you. With more than enough rusty red to serve as a primary design color, Autumn Leaf is great for home design that strives to be warm, inviting and cozy.

6. Harvest Gold

If you’re firmly on board with metallics as a design trend, then Harvest Gold is a great option for your next design project. This golden Pantone color manages to provide enough metallic pizzazz without being overbearing or dwarfing the other colors in your design.

Design Your Thanksgiving 2016 By the Pantone Color System

Perfect Pantone Colors For Your Thanksgiving Design

Thanksgiving is right around the corner (less than a week away!), and we know you’re hard at work preparing for the holiday. This is especially true if you’re hosting family, friends and loved ones for a day of food, fun, and perhaps a little football.

If you’re hosting, you already have enough on your plate – cooking, cleaning, the list is endless. You don’t want to throw dollar-store napkins on the table, but who can find the time to create a Thanksgiving design for your home or table from scratch?

Leave that to us! We’ve found the 5 very best colors for your Thanksgiving design this year, thanks to the handy Pantone Color System. Each color is beautiful, adaptable – and as an added bonus, directly ties to a food or drink you may already be putting on your Thanksgiving table this year!

So from sweet corn to cranberry sauce, here’s a list of 5 great Pantone colors to utilize in this year’s Thanksgiving design. Whether you like warm tones, earth tones or neutrals, we have the Thanksgiving colors you need!

A Thanksgiving Table Full of Pantone Colors

Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545)

This is a shade of red that really pops! One may expect Cranberry to have a darker hue (like the cranberry sauce or jam on your Thanksgiving table), but the Pantone Cranberry is a festive hue that will spruce up any Thanksgiving design or table setup.

Add a dash of Cranberry (Pantone 17-1545) to your Thanksgiving table this year, or to your home decor. It’s a great choice for accents, statement decor pieces, and table accessories. Try it in throws, pillows, tablecloths and napkins, or anywhere in your place settings for a nice, warm touch.

Cranberry Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Chestnut (Pantone 19-1118)

Earth tones have made a small comeback in 2016, and we couldn’t be happier about it. An intriguing shade of brown or green in your home design can augment its inviting nature. And with a name that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season, why not fall in love with Chestnut this season?

Chestnut is a beautiful shade of brown that arouses images of warmth – wood in a crackling fire, hot cocoa, and – of course – warm chestnuts. It’s a sturdy hue as well, working perfectly with the wood and wood-grain elements in your design. It can also be incorporated in a design that utilizes falling autumn leaves.

Chestnut Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Sweet Corn (Pantone 11-0106)

In many ways, 2016 has been the Year of the Neutral in color design. From Sharkskin to Warm Taupe, Pantone’s official seasonal colors of 2016 have been rooted in intriguing neutrals. Custom kitchen, bath and interior designers (like Peter Salerno Inc.) love the idea of “flipping the script” and letting the neutrally-colored design elements take the lead.

At first glimpse, you almost can’t SEE Sweet Corn in the graphic below, can you? That’s what makes this shade of off-white so unique. A blush of light, light yellow adds a real sweetness to the color, giving it a “country kitchen” aesthetic. Sweet Corn and Chestnut are a beautiful pairing of “earth tone and neutral” for your Thanksgiving design in 2016. You can also try Sweet Corn with our next color, Vineyard Wine.

Sweet Corn Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623)

There is a cornucopia of “Wine” colors in the Pantone color system (yes, we had to get one Thanksgiving pun in there!). Our favorite is Vineyard Wine (Pantone 19-1623). Not too light to be a raspberry color and not so dark that it dulls your design, Vineyard Wine has a rich burgundy feel, evocative of dark red grapes hanging in a French vineyard.

It’s hard to design with purple without it appearing garish at times (or a little girl’s bedroom). Vineyard Wine has an air of class that pairs incredibly well with light and sage greens, earth tones, and light neutrals (like Sweet Corn above).

Vineyard Wine Pantone color, Thanksgiving party Pantone colors

Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)

A carryover from our Halloween Pantone list that makes a ton of sense. After all, who doesn’t love a nice pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert? Harvest Pumpkin is a spunky, warm Pantone color that adds a bit of spicy brown into traditional orange to create an appetizing hue.

Harvest Pumpkin is more of an accent color than a core shade in your overall design. However, if you’re looking to create a real splash, why not try it on an accent wall to give that old room a little zest? harvest Pumpkin is a great choice for Thanksgiving table accents like napkins, place settings and centerpieces.

Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors

Halloween 2016 Style: Halloween Home Decor With Class

Halloween 2016 Home Decor With Class and Style

Halloween decor is a blast! Spiderwebs, pumpkins, witch’s cauldrons, ghosts and goblins – Halloween provides a great opportunity to turn your home into a spooky fun house for friends and guests of all ages.

The only problem with most Halloween decor is its lasting power – or lack thereof. Once November rolls around, there isn’t much charm to having spiderwebs hanging off your chandeliers. And your Thanksgiving dinner guests probably won’t be too fond of ladling their cocktails out of a wrought-iron cauldron on your kitchen island.

So for Halloween 2016, we’re taking a different approach to your Halloween holiday decor. Rather than pouring your hard-earned money into decorations that last a week, why not incorporate a “Halloween vibe” into your actual home and kitchen design?

We’re not saying to paint your kitchen burnt orange and install all black cabinetry, of course. But let’s think beyond the traditional Halloween fare! Here are some fun home decor tips that can be easily incorporated into a fall (and Halloween) motif, courtesy of award-winning master kitchen and bath designer Peter Salerno Inc.

Neutral Tones + Dark Statement Lighting

The home kitchen design pictured below is decked out for a winter party, but can’t you just picture it full of Halloween decorations? The visual transition is simple, thanks to a masterful touch on a neutral color scheme adorned with dark statement lighting and custom cabinetry.

It’s hard to make neutral “pop”, but Peter Salerno Inc. uses a deft touch to make it happen in this kitchen design. Notice the well-lit backsplash behind the range? That splash of brightness (along with the white kitchen island countertop) adds enough light and life to this neutral design to make it festive.

Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid
Peter Salerno Inc. home kitchen design, Photo credit Peter Rymwid

Smoked Mirrors + Dark Wood Grains

One could say the best part of Halloween festivities is the “smoke and mirrors” illusion of a great trick. Aptly, smoked glass and smoked mirrors are becoming a major part of transitional kitchen design heading into 2017, and make a great addition to a kitchen design update in your home.

The dark tint of the glass plays perfectly with darker wood grains and tile designs, while keeping the reflective nature that “expands” your kitchen visually. Plus, when Halloween comes around, how cool will that smoked glass feature look in your spooky home party design?

Bergen Magazine Fall 2016 edition, featuring Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design photos.
Peter Salerno Inc. transitional kitchen design, smoked glass and dark island and wood grains.

Stone Design Elements + Fireplaces

This early design photo (taken during installation) shows how large stone design elements can be featured – especially when properly bordered. Notice the neutral tone of the wall paint, bordered by white trim. The dark wood cabinetry helps “pop” the light gray stone of the fireplace and chimney.

Think about how amazing this stone fireplace and chimney feature would look as the centerpiece of your home Halloween party design! This is the perfect example of investing in a long-lasting design element for your home, rather than draining your resources into seasonal investments. This stone feature can easily figure into Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other major holiday festivities.

A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.
A beautiful stone fireplace and custom cabinetry from Peter Salerno Inc.

Dark Wood + Vintage Furniture

Just look at this Peter Salerno Inc. designed “man cave”. Seriously. It’s beautiful. Aesthetic appeal aside, it’s also a classic example of how vintage furniture and dark wood tones create a gorgeous parlor scene straight out of a murder mystery dinner (or “Clue: The Movie”!).

Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a "man cave" to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.
Dark wood grains, dimmed sconces and neutral tones: a “man cave” to dream about from Peter Salerno Inc.

The recessed dull red ceiling features interlaced with dark ceiling beams create a bold, stately tone. The roaring fire sits in the center of a magnificent custom cabinetry piece (designed by Peter Salerno Inc.’s Maestro Rosolino line). The vintage furniture adds to the rustic allure of this sitting room, particularly the bold blue-green leather couch in the center of the room.

Go-To Pantone Colors For Halloween and Fall

Check out some of Pantone’s most popular colors from 2014-2016, many of which lend themselves perfectly to fall decor and Halloween decorations. The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, is a spicy red-orange shade that brings a “punch” to your wardrobe or party decor.

Pantone’s Fall 2016 color palette includes Sharkskin and Dusty Cedar, two colors that can easily bring out the Halloween spirit with rich gray and smoky red hues. And for an “anytime” design color that truly shines in the fall, Harvest Pumpkin is a fantastic option for a warm, orange-brown shade.

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors Dusty Cedar - Pantone Fall 2016 color report

The 5 Perfect Pantone Colors For Halloween Decor

Decorate Your Halloween With These Pantone Colors!

Halloween is one of the most creative holidays of the year. Costumes, lights, fun food and drink, delicious treats, and themed parties make every October 31st a day (and night) to remember!

Everywhere you turn, Halloween ideas abound. From cocktails to party food, favors to costume design, it seems every blog you read is rich with fresh and fun Halloween tricks and treats (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).

But what about color design? Let’s face it – while “Orange Is The New Black” is a smash hit on TV, orange and black aren’t always the easiest colors with which to design. Sure, black is classic, but mixing it with other fall colors (especially orange) can lead to clashes and awkward juxtaposition.

So how do you create a fresh Halloween design without using the “same old same old” orange and black motif? Using Pantone, the world’s leader color design experts, we’ve come up with a list of “bewitching” color schemes and options to bring a lively new look to your Halloween decor this year.

Whether you want a fresh shade of orange, a vibrant darker hue, or a beguiling new tone or two, here’s our list of festive, fun Halloween colors to use for your next Halloween party design.

Our Pantone Picks For Halloween Party Colors

1. Sharkskin (Pantone 17-3914)

Sharkskin - Pantone Fall 2016 color report

Why not start our Halloween 2016 color design list with one of Pantone’s official colors for Fall 2016? Sharkskin adds a sense of luster and sheen to gray, making it far more alluring than the average gray neutral.

Sharkskin is the perfect “base” color for your Halloween design and decor. You get the natural “spooky” appeal of a neutral gray, while adding a touch of playfulness. Try Sharkskin as a paint scheme, in your Halloween accessories (throws, pillows, etc.), or on your table decor!

2. Harvest Pumpkin (Pantone 16-1260)

Harvest Pumpkin Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s a spicy shade of orange-brown with the perfect autumn name for your Halloween festivities. Harvest Pumpkin is an inviting fall shade, full of warm and familiarity. If your Halloween party is less “trick” and more “treat”, guests will feel right at home in your Harvest Pumpkin decor.

The added benefit to incorporating Harvest Pumpkin in your Halloween decor is that it transitions seamlessly into the late fall holiday season. It’s a natural for Thanksgiving decor, and pairs well with kitchen and living space designs that focus heavily on neutrals, earth tones and hardwood flooring.

3. Purple Potion (Pantone 19-2430)

Purple Potion Pantone color, Halloween party colors

It’s the perfect purple for the witch or warlock hosting this year’s Halloween festivities (and stirring that spooky punch bowl)! Purple Potion is a stunning shade of purple that instantly evokes thoughts of fall sangrias, red wines, and a little Halloween mischief.

Speaking of which – if red wine sangria is on the menu (or a cocktail featuring Chambord), Purple Potion is a must-have Pantone color in your Halloween design this year. It’s also a great choice for accents to your white design elements (walls, furniture, etc.) as a throw, pillow or wall art piece.

4. Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463)

Tangerine Tango Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Halloween party colors

It’s a reddish orange so alive and bold, it was Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Tangerine Tango is the perfect blend of blood orange and festive bright red, sure to leave partygoers struck by its appeal.

If you want your guests to be dazzled by your Halloween party attire, try a little Tangerine Tango in your wardrobe! This sizzling hot color also works great in your Fall 2016 home decor as well, adding a splash of jazzy color to the taupes, grays and neutrals in your living space and home design. Go ahead, give Tangerine Tango a whirl!

5. Poison Green (Pantone 16-6444)

Poison Green Pantone Color, Halloween party colors

If our other options weren’t quite daring enough for you, then go bold this Halloween with Poison Green! An electric green that’s certainly not for the faint of heart, Poison Green is sure to stir up a mysterious, ghoulish vibe at your Halloween bash this year.

Whether it’s the color of your Halloween attire, your “mystery” punch bowl, or a few timely placed decorative pieces, Poison Green is a great color choice for Halloween hosts and ghosts trying to make a real statement with their style.

Our Favorite Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe!

Epicurious Wins Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Showdown

Fall is on the horizon, and we all know what that means – pumpkin spice lattes are back!

The pumpkin spice latte (PSL for short) is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. While pumpkin scents and flavors typically dominate autumn (candles, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread), nothing has taken hold of the American marketplace quite like the pumpkin spice latte.

Of course, with such demand for a seasonal item, prices for the PSL at your favorite coffee chain or barista bar have gone up noticeably. And regardless of your income, spending $5 on a cup of coffee still stings the wallet. So where can you turn to find a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that satisfies the most discriminating coffee lover?

You will love this homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe from Epicurious and Bakergirl! (Photo: Wiki via Jazzbobrown)
You will love this homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe from Epicurious and Bakergirl! (Photo: Wiki via Jazzbobrown)

Epicurious once again saves the day – fear not! A subsidiary of Conde Nast and one of the most trusted recipe resources on the Web, Epicurious provides expert staff and community recipes for any and all occasions. They also scour independent food and drink blogs for the best undiscovered recipes – and that is where the PSL comes in.

Epicurious discovered a gem of a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe on Bakergirl (aka Budding Baketress) and shared it with the world. And thank goodness they did, because we’ve been hooked on it ever since!

The recipe is at once simple and sophisticated, and doesn’t put a strain on your disposable income the way many coffee shop pumpkin spice lattes will. Unlike other recipes, Bakergirl’s creation doesn’t rely on instant mixes – instead, a variety of savory spices and real pumpkin puree are utilized in this recipe.

We think you’ll find this pumpkin spice latte recipe flavorful and addictive; we’ve come back to it many times and are always delighted!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (courtesy Epicurious and Bakergirl)

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • To make Latte:
  • Milk
  • Coffee

For full preparation instructions of this fantastic homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe, please visit the full article at Epicurious and support our favorite online food and drink resource!

Peter Salerno Loves This Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!

Peter Salerno Loves This Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!

October Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin Recipe from AllRecipes.com

It’s autumn once again, which means anything (and everything) you can eat or drink is made with pumpkin once again! Pumpkin is a delicious, savory addition to your cooking repertoire, and chances are you’ve had your fair share of pumpkin recipes already this year.

Peter Salerno Inc.‘s award-winning custom kitchen designs are often filled with the warm, inviting scent of pumpkin recipes during the fall, and we wanted to share one of our favorite pumpkin recipes with you – enjoyable at breakfast, as a snack, or as a delectable dessert or a treat with your coffee.

October Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins recipe (credit AllRecipes)

This recipe for October Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins comes from user EW2012 at AllRecipes.com. It’s a sweet treat (perfect with a macchiato or espresso, or as your morning breakfast!) that is sure to satisfy. We encourage you to warm them up before you enjoy!

For this and more outstanding recipes, check out AllRecipes.com.

October Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins Recipe (courtesy of AllRecipes)

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray 6 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir pumpkin puree, milk, eggs, and maple syrup into the dry ingredients until batter is smooth; fold oats into batter. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them to the top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes; set aside to cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Prep time: 15 minutes / Bake time: 20 minutes

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe w/ Sage Butter

Peter Salerno’s Favorite Recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.
Peter Salerno’s favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

Trying to find that perfect appetizer, starter plate or side entree for your Thanksgiving table in 2014? Look no further than this delicious recipe for homemade pumpkin ravioli.

Pumpkin is all the rage in fall cooking over the last few years, and what’s not to love? It’s hearty, healthy, savory and flavorful, and in many ways the perfect edible embodiment of fall. Sure, we all love pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cake, and pumpkin-flavored lattes, but it doesn’t always have to serve as an ingredient in a sweet dish or dessert.

When Peter Salerno went looking for his favorite recipe for pumpkin ravioli, he found that sometimes the most trusted name is the very best. Williams-Sonoma provides an outstanding pumpkin ravioli recipe on their official website that provides a wonderful blend of sweet and savory, light and filling.

One thing that makes the Williams-Sonoma recipe for pumpkin ravioli stand out is the inclusion of sage butter. Where many recipes keep the ingredients separate, Williams-Sonoma provides a hassle-free set of directions to create your own clarified sage butter. Delicious!

Enjoy Peter Salerno’s favorite recipe for pumpkin ravioli (courtesy of Williams-Sonoma) below. When you try it for yourself, leave a comment and let us know how much you enjoyed it!

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Ravioli Recipe (from Williams-Sonoma)

Ingredients

  • 1-lb. piece Cheese or Sugar Pie pumpkin, calabaza or butternut squash, seeds and strings removed
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or grana padano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. dried bread crumbs
  •   1 1/4 lb. egg pasta (see related recipe at left)
  •   5 Tbs. unsalted butter, clarified (see tip below)
  • 12 large fresh sage leaves
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Peter Salerno's favorite pumpkin ravioli recipe from Williams-Sonoma.

Preparation

To make the filling, preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Prick the pumpkin with a fork before roasting to help evaporate the moisture. Place the pumpkin directly on the oven rack and roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, 45 to 50 minutes.

When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh from the peel; transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.

Transfer the pumpkin puree to a bowl. Add the egg yolk, cheese, nutmeg and sea salt. Mix well, adding the bread crumbs as needed to bind the ingredients into a cohesive mixture. Cover the filling and set aside.

Using a pasta machine or a floured rolling pin, roll out the pasta dough 1/32 inch thick, then fill and cut the ravioli (see related tip at left)

Pour the clarified butter into a small fry pan and place over low heat. Add the sage leaves and heat until the butter is saturated with the flavor of the sage, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

In a large pot over high heat, bring 5 quarts water to a rapid boil. Add the kosher salt, gently drop in half of the ravioli and cover the pot. When the water returns to a boil, uncover and cook, stirring gently occasionally and reducing the heat as needed to prevent the ravioli from knocking against one another and breaking. The total cooking time should be 3 to 5 minutes. To test for doneness, transfer a single raviolo to a cutting board and cut off a corner with a paring knife; if the pasta looks cooked through and the corner tastes tender, the pasta is done. Using a large slotted spoon, lift out the ravioli, allowing a little of the water to cling to them so they remain moist, and transfer to a warmed large, shallow serving bowl; cover the bowl to keep the ravioli warm. Repeat to cook the remaining ravioli.

Drizzle the sage butter over the ravioli and serve immediately. Pass the cheese at the table. Serves 4.