Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Kale, Hazelnut [Part 5 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Kale and Hazelnut Take Us Back to Nature

In the end, it’s all about natural balance. The first 4 parts of our 5-part series on the wonderful Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette brought a bit of everything – from punches of pink, orange and yellow to bright greens and blues. Whether cool or warm, 8 of the 10 Spring 2017 Pantone colors are full of vibrant optimism and life.

Our final two featured colors bring the entire Pantone Spring 2017 color series together. Branching from the “return to nature” theme indicated by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, our final two featured colors bring natural shades into the palette and balance it perfectly.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale and Hazelnut bring us back to nature.

Kale (18-0107 TCX) isn’t just for the salad course anymore. From architectural design to wardrobe, home design to garden design, the kale craze has officially resonated with Pantone for Spring 2017. And the search for the perfect neutral to balance the Pantone Spring 2017 color design palette ends with Hazelnut (14-1315 TCX), a warm taupe that pairs well with virtually any color of the season.

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 the final installment of our 5-part series on the Spring 2017 Pantone color collection. 

Kale: A Dark, Leafy Green Full of Design Value

As a darker shade of green, Kale has to be explored to be appreciated. At first glance, it appears to be a drab green-gray – don’t make that mistake. Kale expresses a natural beauty found in plants, forests and gardens. Just as dark green vegetation signals an abundance of nutrients, the dark green of Kale signals a rich variety of design opportunities.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Kale is a dark, leafy green loved by many.

Using Kale in your home design is a great way to bring a natural feel into where you live. If you don’t want to work with neutrals, Kale is a great substitute to pair against many of the brighter colors of Spring 2017 (Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood and others). It also signals an invitation to bring more plant life into your home, in the form of mosses, ferns and hanging plants.

Hazelnut: The Warm, Nutty Neutral That Balances Spring 2017

While other colors may be more “exciting” in the Spring 2017 collection, none of them pair universally quite like Hazelnut. This “nutty neutral” is an astute selection by Pantone, as its innate warmth works far better with the bright shades of Spring 2017 than most others. From a broader perspective, Hazelnut also continues the trend of intriguing neutrals in design that began late in 2016.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Hazelnut is a warm, nutty neutral that balances the collection.

Put Hazelnut virtually anywhere in your home design. That’s not an overstatement. Neutrals aren’t relegated to a secondary role in home color design anymore, and the natural feel of this shade works beautifully on anything from wall paint to furniture, throws and rugs to bath tile. Sprinkle in some pops of bold, natural color, and you’re guaranteed a custom kitchen or bath design that will last.

Of all the Pantone Spring 2017 colors, Hazelnut has the best chance of creating a lasting effect in wardrobe design. After all, a warm neutral pairs with virtually any color scheme. The reason Hazelnut stands above past Pantone neutral selections (Warm Taupe, Iced Coffee, etc.) is its versatility – the ability to be warm while sitting in the background as a secondary color.

Pantone Spring 2017 Color Trends: Lapis Blue, Flame [Part 2 of 5]

Pantone Spring 2017 Colors: Lapis Blue, Flame Are Bold Choices

In Part 1 of our 5-part series on the fantastic Spring 2017 Pantone Color Trend selections, we covered the cool, versatile blue of Niagara and the flowery, poppy Primrose Yellow.

While Niagara and Primrose Yellow were light, “springy” shades that provide a world of options for both home design and fashion design, our 2 highlighted colors for this piece are quite a bit bolder. Used properly, each color (or both in tandem) can create a head-turning, stunning visual that leaves a lasting impression.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Lapis Blue and Flame are bold, beautiful colors.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Lapis Blue and Flame are bold, beautiful colors.

Lapis Blue (19-4045 TCX) and Flame (17-1462 TCX) are full of vibrant energy and life, while staying true to Pantone’s overall Spring 2017 theme of natural colors. The rich blue (Lapis Blue) and coral (Flame) tones are certainly two of the more eye-popping selections in the “Spring 2017 Ten” Pantone selected.

In case you’re interested, 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 Lapis Blue and Flame, two of the ten colors chosen by Pantone as their colors for Spring 2017.

Lapis Blue: A Bold But Steady Anchor Color

We all have an instinct to base our lifestyle’s color design in a dependable shade or two. Spring 2017, according to Pantone, is an opportunity for you to try new things and branch out. A great way to bridge that gap and put a bold spin on an “anchor color” is the rich, radiant Lapis Blue.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: The bold but steady Lapis Blue.

Unlike Niagara, there is nothing sedate about Lapis Blue. Rather, one can assume it takes its name from the semi-precious Lapis Lazuli – a strong blue stone that signifies truth and enlightenment. It’s rare to find a color that is so rich and yet so dependable in color design. As such, Lapis Blue is a versatile shade we could easily recommend for nearly every room in your home.

The same basic principles apply for wardrobe design. Lapis Blue has the ability to be a staple, “base” color from which to design the rest of your Spring 2017 attire. It also has enough jewel-tone richness to be the statement color against other, more sedate Spring 2017 Pantone selections (such as the neutral Hazelnut).

Flame: A Coral Shade That Demands Attention

The name Pantone assigns to each color in its spectrum is often perfectly appropriate. Flame, a seductive, punchy shade of red-orange, is no exception. Trending closer to orange than pink, Flame’s allure is evident from first glance, and the color is ready-made for a party, night on the town, or beach-themed interior design.

Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Flame is a coral that demands attention.
Pantone Spring 2017 color trends: Flame is a coral that demands attention.

The crisp, bold nature of Flame lends itself perfectly to accents in quality home design. Home owners and designers looking for a “punch” in a sedate room design will find it using flame in throws, pillows, wall art and other decor accessories. Flame also makes a statement in beach homes, homes closer to a tropical or sunny environment, or those looking for a truly theatrical touch.

On the runway or in your wardrobe, Flame is quite the opposite. It demands such attention in fashion that it certainly is NOT a secondary or “accessory” color; rather, Flame will stand out in a crowded room. If you’re looking for an extroverted outfit that demands to be noticed, add Flame into your Spring 2017 wardrobe design – designers like Rag & Bone already have!

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!