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How to Incorporate A “Raw Materials” Palette into Your Home

Of all the nine palettes Pantone released for 2017, the Raw Materials scheme is the only one that’s all about the feels versus actual colors. The official description talks about reusing natural materials, with the health and wellness movement playing a primary role. Whoa, that’s a lot to ask for from a home decor color palette.

Before you let the vagueness scare you off, picture rough wood textures, warm earth tones and subtle color accents. Whether you indulge in a new piece of furniture or go all-out crafty genius and DIY something, here are 18 gorgeous spaces that feature Pantone’s 2017 Raw Materials colors as the ultimate design inspo.



1. Textured Layers: If you’re looking for one accent color that looks killer with natural accents, make it pastel pink. It’s fresh and modern, offering a softness to the ruggedness of natural wood decor. (via Inside Out)

2. Mudcloth Bliss: If you love crazy patterns and cozy textures, you can use them as the main visual feature of your room instead of actual color. This works well in a monochromatic approach, especially when the textiles are isolated in just one area, as in this leather couch covered in mud cloth. (via New Darlings)


3. Cozy Chic: Creating a cohesive, standout space is largely a matter of choosing the right textiles, and knowing how to combine them. Incorporating pattern into an interior space in a cohesive manner can be tricky, but when you stick to a neutral color palette, you can create a stunning theme without worrying too much about it looking messy.



4. Wood Island: Kitchens are one of the easiest places to incorporate Pantone’s Raw Materials palette. Whether you go all out with a rustic wood island, or just add accents like wood bar stools or a chic collection of wood cutting boards, natural textures offer warmth to the best room in the house. (via Crate and Barrel)


5. Modern Rustic: Just because the Raw Materials palette is all about the wood doesn’t mean you have to go boho or cabin-chic. Pair a sleek butcher block countertop with black cabinets, gold hardware and sleek open shelving for a modern kitchen that totally nails the look. (via A Beautiful Mess)


6. Antique Touches: Exposed brick, wood floors and an antique wood dining table come together flawlessly in this gorgeous kitchen/dining room. The modern cabinets and sleek white chairs ensure the space looks fresh and modern, versus granny chic. (via Homes and Antiques)



7. Casual Dining: Mixing a rustic piece of furniture with modern elements like black bar chairs and open shelving provides a great balance for the space and a look that’s neither too rustic or too boring. Seal the deal with fresh flowers or a bowl of colorful lemons — a must for any Pinterest-perfect home. (via House Beautiful)


8. Mismatched Chairs: Having a dining set that doesn’t match is actually *v* trendy at the moment. Light wood chairs pretty much go with any interior style, and they definitely play well together. Partner them with cushy faux fur or colorful cushions for a playful dining room that’s begging to host your next dinner party. (via Mechant Studio)


9. DIY Copper Legs: When a key component of Pantone’s Raw Materials palette is about “repurposing,” you sure can bet there will be a DIY opportunity there. Follow this project to transform your dining table into a stunning piece of furniture with the addition of copper pipe. (via A Beautiful Mess)



10. Mid-century Touch: The addition of natural wood to your bathroom can really make the space feel like a spa. Swap out your plastic laundry basket for a woven one and keep a little wood stool by the tub to hold bath salts and pretty candles. (via Apartment Therapy)


11. Natural Wood Vanities: This bathroom takes “natural accents” quite literally with an actual small tree. Wouldn’t it look cool to wrap those branches in teeny tiny LED lights? Add dimension to your vanity with a cool mirror and let wood texture do all the talking. (viaPottery Barn)


12. Warm Tones: Even if you don’t have wood cabinets or a wood vanity, you can still incorporate elements from the Raw Materials palette. Try a wood coat rack to hold towels instead of a wall-mounted bar, or pick light fixtures that have wood accents like the simple pendants in this bathroom. (via Inside Out)



13. Scandi Vibes: Unfinished wood and white are the epitome of Scandinavian glam. If you need a light and bright workspace to get anything done, the Raw Materials palette might be just the makeover your home office needs. (via The Everygirl)


14. Monochromatic Beauty: Before you go out and paint the wood legs of your desk and chair, consider leaving them natural. Stick with black and white desk decor for a totally Instagrammable home office. (via The Design Chaser)


15. Planking’s Cool Again: Take that whole “natural wood” thing to the next level and give your workspace a backsplash. If your office is really just a corner of the living room, this is a great way to separate work from chill time. (via Hadas y Cuscus)



16. Nature As Decor: Mix vintage with natural and rustic to really make a charming statement. A trademark of the Raw Materials palette is to repurpose items in unexpected ways: That large branch serves as a hat rack to perfectly complement this cozy bedroom. (via Front + Main)


17. Rustic Headboard: If you’re looking for more creative ways to bring natural textures into your bedroom, why not look to your headboard? Give a cozy AF bedroom a touch of rustic flair with those upcycled garage sale finds. These tribal throw pillows and white bedding play perfectly against the soft gray walls. (via Refinery 29)


18. Hang Time: Another clever way to bring in nature is with a wood slice nightstand. Hang it, mount it on the wall or go all out and use an actual stump as a bedside table. Alright, who’s ready to go out on a nature walk? (via Home Story)

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