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Decorating with Pantone's Colours of the Year 2016

4th January 2016

This year marks a very special moment for Pantone as for the first time they have chosen not one but two shades for their Colour of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone has stated that these colours were chosen as they represent peace, tranquillity and the blurring of gender lines in the modern world. We take a look at how to use these shades both individually and together within the home...

Find your zen

Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director at the Pantone Colour Institute, says: 

"Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and a cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

With the stresses of modern living, it is becoming more and more important to have a tranquil space where you can relax and unwind. Creating this kind of retreat is easily achievable with both Pantone shades, but simplicity is key; keep items to a minimum and use straight lines and polished surfaces to emphasise cleanliness and order.

Pantone 2016 collage

Prep your home for spring

Rose Quartz and Serenity are perfect for evoking freshness and energy. If you’re already planning a spring revamp for your home, be sure to use these colours for a bright yet comfortable look. Pair them with natural fabrics such as linen or jute and incorporate lots of greenery to bring the beauty of nature indoors.

Bedroom scheme in pastel shades
Dining table scheme in pastel shades

Lift a traditional scheme

Despite their associations with calmness, both Pantone shades are extremely colour rich. As a result, they can be used to draw the eye and bring added interest to a scheme. Try adding a dash of Rose Quartz or Serenity to an otherwise traditionally styled space and you’ll find the perfect balance between modern and contemporary.

Traditional scheme with pale pink rug
Traditional scheme with pale blue sofa

Create a modern space

A contemporary scheme is easily achievable with these two versatile shades. Pair with burnt umber, greige and vibrant sea green for a punchy yet stylish look.

Bedroom with patterned pink and blue bedding
Retro living space in pastel shades

Promote equality

Pantone also states that their choice of colours this year is a nod towards gender equality:

“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to colour is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

It’s certainly exciting to think colour can challenge preconceived notions of gender - in particular, the idea that pink is feminine and blue is masculine. Both Pantone colours are subtle enough that they can be enjoyed by either gender, making them easy to use in many different spaces.

Creating a gender neutral space is easily done by varying light and dark. Pairing a darker shade of Serenity with a very pale Rose Quartz or vice versa along with an already neutral shade such as grey or beige will result in a balanced scheme that crosses both genders - the very embodiment of Pantone’s aim.

Pink and blue bedroom scheme
Pink and blue living room scheme
Pink and blue minimal bedroom scheme

Please your little ones

Unsurprisingly, Rose Quartz and Serenity work very well in little girl’s and boy’s rooms. But what is a surprise is just how well they work when put together.

If planned carefully, a scheme incorporating these two colours is ideal if you don’t yet know whether you’re having a boy or a girl, or if you have both who share a room and you don’t want arguments over the paint colours and furnishings. 

The key is ensuring one colour doesn't dominate the other. If you have a blue feature wall, balance it out with a large pale pink rug or ceiling lamp, or even divide the wall with a shelf or wainscoting and paint above and below in different shades.

For more interior inspiration, take a look at our Pantone 2016 Pinterest board.

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