The Spring Awakening 3

Incorporate a trend with a seasonal color palette.

Contributors, Stylists & Creatives

Color Consultant | Nancy Gandrud | 
A Bit Lovely |

Stylist & Calligrapher | Hannah Howard | 
Ink + Root |

Photographer | Kylie Fitts |

Curators | Nancy Gandrud, A Bit Lovely & Dana Lapinel, Boulder Lifestyle

Florals | Fiori Flowers |

We’re excited to celebrate the arrival of spring. Hibernation is coming to an end as sure signs of spring start revealing themselves. As one season ends and a new one awakens, it’s a new chance to reinvent yourself, career and life, or just your home and wardrobe.

A dream team of collaborators took on a Pantone project featuring four of our favorite colors from the spring 2017 color report. The colors represent a mixture of the great outdoors, relaxation and vitality.

Avoiding the cliché of solely floral for spring (although it’s unavoidable when the color of the year is “Greenery”), we went around the Front Range looking for this spring palette from some of our favorite shops to incorporate these trends into our home or closet.

  • Greenery (the 2017 Color of the Year)
  • Primrose Yellow (Hello, sun-spiration)
  • Pale Dogwood (first blossoms of spring)
  • Niagara (a clear blue sky)

“I love that these four colors are more interesting than traditional pastels for spring,” says Nancy Gandrud, color consultant and interior designer with A Bit Lovely.

We’re all about incorporating color trends in our lives and the best way, according to Nancy, is with accessories.

“Try on a color in your wardrobe or home by buying a pillow in a fun print, a purse, a blanket, jewelry or those gorgeous yellow sunglasses by Krewe!” Says Nancy. “If you love a color and want to try a refresh with paint, I suggest getting two to four colors on a spectrum from light to dark from Guiry’s Colour Source. They carry Benjamin Moore paints, which are my favorite paints! Paint a swatch of each color on the wall you are thinking about and live with it for a couple of days before you decide.”

Feeling inspired to add more color to your life? Here’s our concept of curated picks, styled by Ink + Root, that you can find locally.


PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

(Pressman, L. (2016, September 23). PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017. Retrieved from

“Greenery took a minute to grow on me at first when it was revealed as Pantone’s pick, but I love it more and more. I see it everywhere in stores and think that the reference to the greenery of flowers is beautiful and refreshing for spring,” says Nancy.

Paint Swabs – light to dark

  • Benjamin Moore, Spring Bud 520
  • Benjamin Moore, Tasty Apple 416
  • Benjamin Moore, Lucky Charm Green 2030-30

Juice | WONDER PRESS | Verde | $9

Carpet | FLOR | Heaven Sent in Kiwi | $18 per tile

Keychain | VOSS ART + HOME | Horsehair keychain | $15

Fabric | KIME SALMELA | Margaret Citrus/Gray

Book | CEDAR & HYDE MERCANTILE | Field Guides, New Orleans, Pocket | $18

Mug & Bowl | PEPPERCORN | Fiestaware in Shamrock 

Eye Shadow | AILLEA | Kjaer Weis Shadow in Green Depth | $45

Throw Pillow | VOSS ART + HOME | Green Fur Pillow | $226

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

(Pressman, L. (2016, September 23). PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017. Retrieved from

“Primrose Yellow reminds me of sunshine on a perfect day!” Says Nancy.

  • Paint Swabs – light to dark
  • Benjamin Moore, Butter 2023-60
  • Benjamin Moore, Lemon Meringue 2023-50


  • FLOR | Rake Me Over in Sunny | $24
  • FLOR | Upcycle in Maize | $10 per tile

Bowl | HAVEN | Yellow Geo Bowl | $30

Juice | WONDER PRESS | Orange Juice | $7

Sunglasses | WEEKENDS | Krewe LGD Sunnies | $255

Mug & Bowl | PEPPERCORN | Fiestaware in Sunflower

Card | HAVEN | Happiness is Being with You Card | $6 

Fabric | KIM SALMELA | Champlain Citrine

Book | CEDAR & HYDE MERCANTILE | Field Guides, Nashville, Pocket | $18

Lip & Skin Balm | AILLEA | RMS Simply Cocoa | $25

Glass Vase | HW HOME | Venetian Glass | $36

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

(Pressman, L. (2016, September 23). PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017. Retrieved from

“Pale Dogwood is a pretty pink and is soft enough that it doesn’t read too girly and goes well with a host of other colors,” says Nancy.

Paint Swabs – light to dark

  • Benjamin Moore, Warm Blush 892
  • Benjamin Moore, Pink Petals 2085-60
  • Benjamin Moore, Peony 2079-30

Pants | WEEKENDS | AG Farrah Skinny | $178
Carafe | HAVEN | Carafe + Cup | $35

Bralette | WEEKENDS | Colette Bralette | $60

Purse | WEEKENDS | Rag + Bone Micro Piolet | $495

Body Polish | HAVEN | Coco Rose Body Polish | $36

Lip Gloss | AILLEA | Lily Lolo Whisper Gloss | $16


  • SCHUMACHER | Le Castellet in Blush
  • KIM SALMELA | Clifton Lipstick
  • KIM SALMELA | Kit Flare

Bowl | VOSS ART + HOME | Rose Quartz Bowl | $32

Bath Salts | HAVEN | Herbivore Calm Soak | $36

Lip Polish | HAVEN | Coco Rose Lip Polish | $18

Lip Balm | AILLEA | RMS Illusive Lip 2 Cheek | $36


PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara

Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

(Pressman, L. (2016, September 23). PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017. Retrieved from

“My favorite Pantone color we choose is Niagara. It is soft, yet saturated and works equally well in interiors and fashion. I love the departure from traditional denim, baby blue, and navy,” says Nancy. “It’s interesting, versatile and very elegant.”

Paint Swabs – light to dark

  • Benjamin Moore, Van Courtland HC-145
  • Benjamin Moore, Buckland Blue HC-151
  • Benjamin Moore, Pool Party 2059-50

Jacket | WEEKENDS | Gimos Ombre Leather | $1,695

Purse | WILLOW | Hammitt Paul Cross Body Bag, Juniper Pebble, Gold | $325

Earrings | WILLOW | Mishky Akari Earrings | $75


  • KIM SALMELA | Luna Lake
  • KIM SALMELA | Nandi Deep Sea


  • FLOR | House Pet in Iguana | $20 per tile
  • FLOR | Rake Me Over in Sky | $24 per tile

Bag Charm | WILLOW | Hat Attack Raffia Bag Charm | $18

Jeans | WEEKENDS | AG Middi Ankle | $188

Vase | HW HOME | Venetian Glass | $36