For the first time ever, color authority Pantone Color Institute recently selected Rose Quartz (pale pink) and Serenity (light blue) as dual colors of the year for 2016. Every year Pantone searches the globe for influences, looking for colors that express consumers' moods. They take a range of categories into account, from runway shows and home decor to sports and entertainment. A symbolic choice, this year's colors were chosen together as an antidote to modern day stresses people are feeling. Together the colors are meant to represent a soothing sense of order and peace.
Source: Shabby-chic Style Dining Room
The balance between a warmer rose tone and cooler tranquil blue bring a calm, soothing feel to the Shabby Chic room above. One way to achieve this atmosphere in small doses in your home is through accessories. Accessories such as colored glass, throws and pillows are a less expensive way to incorporate these muted colors in your home. Included at the bottom is a selection of accessories for inspiration.
Paint is always a good choice for a decor makeover. Serenity looks wonderful with white.
For paint inspiration and ideas, here is a helpful link to Sherwin Williams' Color Visualizer. (See HERE.) You'll find many other helpful resources at this site, including "ColorSnap" which allows you to visualize paint colors. It's always helpful to see how a color will look in a room.
Soft grays can be used to tone down pink, as in the room above.
Here are a few examples of how designers have incorporated Rose Quartz into their designs...
Pink is not just for little girls' rooms anymore!
Pantone describes Serenity (light blue) as a tranquil color that promotes peace. I agree.
Source: Eclectic Living Room by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Dillard Pierce Design Associates
Accessories in Rose Quartz and Serenity...
Pantone's color choices for 2016 are welcoming, soothing and calming. The engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. For a dash of splash and sparkle, consider adding in silver.