Single Malt: The New Color of The Season

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08.22.16 | By
Single Malt: The New Color of The Season

Last week we talked about how the six industry leading brands that make up the ELEVATE Design Collective—including Delta® Faucet, Formica Corporation, Hunter Fan Company, JELD-WEN®, KitchenAid®, and Schlage®—partnered with the Pantone Color Institute™ to produce a new hue called Single Malt and unveiled it in a modern kitchen of a custom designed loft in NYC. Today, we’re going share how the alliance showcased the color in a fresh, open space concept living room.

Watch how the ELEVATE Design Collective and Pantone approached the creative process for mixing the new color:

Single Malt is, no doubt, a rich, sophisticated color that will serve as inspiration for transitioning into the fall season. The ELEVATE Design Collective shows us how the bold color can be incorporated seamlessly, effortlessly, and subtly into a living space.


To cool down the living room, Hunter Fan Company added two handsome, structural Ronan ceiling fans with Single Malt wire form cages for an industrial vibe. The Sentinel fan in the master bedroom added a rustic look while the Symphony, Apple HomeKit smart fan gave a more modern vibe to the second bedroom.


JELD-WEN® contributed custom three panel wide, modernized barn doors from their MODA™ Door Collection to keep a cohesive feel with the rest of the decor. Single Malt makes a subtle but impactful appearance on the side edges.


Schlage® gave the custom color another signal boost by outfitting all the interior doors with their sturdy Northbrook Lever with Upland trim in matte black and Single Malt, effectively touting the color from the moment you enter the loft.


After the kitchen, I spend the most time in my living room. It’s the place for me to decompress, host wine nights with friends, work from the couch, play fetch with my dog, and more. It only makes sense to give it some much deserved attention when changing up my interiors in the fall. With Single Malt as the inspiration, I would add one or two main attractions while supplementing decorative elements to complete the theme.


– I’d add two of these statement-making Real Good Chairs by Blu Dot as extra seating for visitors. That burnish copper color is, indeed, real good and I’d make the seats even more comfortable with these fun, geometric cushions by Elisabeth Fredriksson, available on Society6.
– Unexpected, Oh I would have never thought of that objects are my favorite kind of home décor. I love this Mono umbrella stand by EQ3 for its luxe materials and simple design, if not for its conversation starter quality.

– Hunter Fan Company’s Single Malt wire form cage is a nice complement to the matte black blades.
– Single Malt, the new rookie of the year, is making a big splash in a subtle way this season with JELD-WEN®‘s barn doors.
– These Schlage door handles are an alternative to painting a whole door for greeting loft guests with Single Malt.

– I’d consider painting an accent wall a deep, moody indigo especially with these Ipseity Wall Hooks designed by Evan Clabots and available on Othr.
– I can’t get over how cool and gravity defying this Ren-Will Pandora Floor Lamp from All Modern is. This is the kind of piece in a home that doesn’t obnoxiously command attention but will have you gradually appreciate its elegance.
– Oof. Be still, my heart. I’d vote for these Cupid sidetables by Zuiver in a mix of large to extra, extra large sizes for the attention-grabbing factor.

While I’m bummed that the products in the Single Malt color way aren’t available for purchase, I take comfort in knowing that all the products are available in different finishes and colors because the seasons will change again before we know it. (Doesn’t Christmas always creep up on you, too? No, just me?) And to be honest, I like changing up my interiors often depending on my mood, even with a cool color scheme like Single Malt.

In fact, what if we took the feel of the NYC loft–rustic but modern, homey yet refined–and applied it to other themes…

…like springtime with Pantone’s 109 CP, which is a yellow perfect for spring.


EKERÖ Chair by Ikea \\\ Kayan Lamp Shade by Plumen and Formaliz3d \\\ 15 Minutes Timer by Polite Company for The School of Life London \\\ Cushion by Aura Home \\\ Mustard Floor Knot Cushion by Knot Studio \\\ Print by Caroline Sillesen at The Poster Club \\\ Ixtapa Lounge Chair from cb2 \\\ Coasters by Most Modest

…or even a pastel color way with Pantone’s Rose Quartz.


Cork and Ceramic Vase by Bloomingville at Amara \\\ Disc Chimes by Pigeon Toe Ceramics \\\ Diamond Pots by Skandihus London \\\ Knit Blanket by Ohhio \\\ Tri Porcelain Set by De Intuïtiefabriek \\\ Cotton & Jute Tote Bag by Yoonmi Lee Home \\\ Helsinki Speaker by Vifa\\\ Emil Sofa from Article

This whole collaboration between the ELEVATE Design Collective, and Pantone Color Institute™ proves that one single color–inspired by moods, memories and objects–can in turn inspire the whole interior design of a home.

As the Senior Contributing Editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She's probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at