Pantone caused quite a commotion when they announced that they are not choosing ONE colour of the year for 2016, but 2 – although it is intended to act as a combined colour so technically it’s still one. And the choice surprised even more with these 2 opposing pastels: Rose Quartz and Serenity.
As always, it takes me a while to get used to the colour of the year. I remember when Emerald was it, and I thought I would never go that far. I still have an emerald wall in my house today, and love it! Then Marsala was the next shocker, and after everyone figured out what exactly Marsala was, it became a staple. So I am certain that these pastel hues will also find a firm footing in the design world’s psyche – here’s a look at some ways to use them. And remember to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the post!
IN COMBINATION, AS INTENDED
By combining to 2 colours, you create a beautiful soft and tranquil room that you can see yourself snuggling up in. By keeping the Rose Quartz on the walls and offsetting it with beautiful coppery tones in the accessories and carpet, it makes the contrast between the 2 main colours less obvious.
ROSE QUARTZ ROOMS
Rose Quartz in itself is so soft and tranquil that it almost reads as a neutral in these rooms.
Use it liberally on walls combined with muted greys, black lines and natural oak. It works well in any setting, whether it’s a living room, dining room or bedroom.
Pink is a recurring colour trend – it was popular in the palaces of Versailles in the 17th century and made it’s way into popular culture again in a dusty form in the 1970’s. And from the image above you can see why: it translates extremely well into both a modern and classic setting at the same time.
The popular metal for this year is still copper and it tones beautifully with the rose quartz, so make sure that you have a few copper accent pieces in the room as well. These lights are just the right complement for the pretty chairs and wall in the background.
While blue is also nothing new in interiors, being able to pull off a soft, almost baby hue is not an easy task. These rooms show that Serenity can be sophisticated, modern and all-grown-up.
By having an accent wall in this extremely cool and calming colour, you can set the tone for an entire room. But take care not to let it be overpowering – stick to neutral colours for the rest of the furnishings and rather opt for texture if you want to add interest.
If an entire blue room scares you then opt for a single statement piece and keep the rest of the room simple and minimal. Don’t be afraid to contrast it with other strong colours either – this room works because of the pop of green in the light echoed in the plants on the table.