And the new “it” color of the year is … wait for it … it’s TWO colors!
In an unprecedented move, color experts at the Pantone Color Institute, the arbiters of color and trendsetters for fashion and home decor color trends, this year for the first time have selected not one, but two colors to be the Pantone Colors of The Year. You will soon find Rose Quartz (a muted pink) and Serenity (a powder blue) everywhere from fashions on the runway to home furnishings.
▪ The colors: You may think pink and blue are an unlikely pair. Often pink is considered to be a more feminine color, blue more masculine. The decision to select both is said to be symbolic of gender blending in society. Using these colors in your home as intended can allow you to create a home that is essentially gender-neutral.
Colors of the year are supposed to be snapshots of the current mood in our culture. The tradition at Pantone goes back to 1999, when Cerulean, the blue of a serene sky, was named the 2000 Color of the Year to reflect the “fear and unrest for Y2K and general hope for the new millennium,” according to a Pantone spokeswoman.
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The seamless union of Serenity and Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfect counterpoint to the fast-paced, fractured and hurried lives we live.
This is what Pantone said in its official announcement about the 2016 colors: “The seamless union of Serenity and Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfect counterpoint to the fast-paced, fractured and hurried lives we live.” The colors “bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment.”
▪ How to use them: Instead of using a single color throughout, think of either blending Rose Quartz and Serenity together or using a single color with a neutral base color such as black, taupe, white or charcoal gray and perhaps using the other Pantone color as an accent.
In general, one of the easiest ways to use color successfully is to start with a neutral palette and layer your color. For example, begin with a neutral base, perhaps a primary piece of furniture such as a sofa or chair, then build your color palette by adding accessories and accents.
Some of the best ways to incorporate the Pantone colors into your existing colors will be through the use of accessories such as vases, trays, lacquered boxes, artwork and even coffee table books. Also, don’t forget simple touches. Even a pink peony in a small vase would blend beautifully in a Serenity blue room.
▪ Rose quartz: Pink has been on trend for quite some time. From soft hues to hot pink, it remains a dominating force in home decor. Pink is not a feminine color, but truly gender-neutral. We’ve probably all seen a lovely men’s pink cashmere sweater or gorgeous pink tie.
Consider Rose Quartz as a perfect color to blend with brighter, bolder colors. Because of its soft and soothing qualities, it will help tame other colors. Some great colors to pair with Rose Quartz include charcoal gray, white and black.
▪ Serenity: What a fabulous blue hue! This shade of blue is just like a great black dress — you can dress it up or down. The shade is both on trend and timeless. As a result, you can use it in nearly every room of the house.
One room you may not have thought of is the kitchen. These days, everyone is looking for ways to spice up their kitchen, so why not do so with a little color? And for other rooms of the home, there is nothing more soothing than a blue bathroom or bedroom.
Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and interior design and home staging expert. Visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com.
This report was supplemented with information from the Washington Post