For the first time ever, Pantone has introduced two colors to work together as the Color of the Year in 2016. They are Rose Quartz and Serenity.
The selection of these colors reflect what’s happening in our culture – growing acceptance of gender fluidity and an emphasis mindfulness in everyday life. Pantone said of the color choices,
“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”1
Though they are the traditional binary colors to represent gender, choosing these two to work together represents how they complement each other and allows movement between the two.
But the colors also represent a mood and attitude. The harmony warm and cool tones represent balance between bodily wellness and spiritual peace. This is a state of awareness, both mentally and physically – a focus on the present, an awakening to current experience, thoughts and feelings without judgment.
Whether you want to reinforce Pantone’s message on gender, or just want to bring peace and tranquility into your home, here are five interior design tips for using these colors without the space looking like a nursery:
Home Accessories & Accent Walls
The soft hue of Rose Quartz allows it to be easily incorporated into a room with a neutral color scheme. Painting only one wall is an easy fix to add a subtle hint of color. Then add Serenity with small touches like pillows, a sofa throw blanket, or table lamp.
Unique Living Room Furniture
A pink sofa or blue chair could be powerful and overwhelming, but the pastel tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity provide understated color for a more eclectic living room look. If organization brings you peace, try a pale pink or blue ottoman that opens up for hidden storage.
Kitchen Backsplash and Barstools
If you have a neutral kitchen interior, whether you’re just applying a fresh coat of paint or fully tiling behind your counters, a backsplash is a fairly easy place to add a pop of color. Paint barstools whichever color you didn’t use to discreetly complement the backsplash.
Dinnerware or Fine China
If you’re afraid of a huge commitment, replacing standard white dishes with colored ones is a small change that makes a big difference. It’s a minimal investment that can completely change the personality of your kitchen. Plus, the pale nature of Rose Quartz and Serenity allows them to pair well with both silver and gold flatware.
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