Written by Jaymi Naciri
It’s a girl! And a boy!
Yes, Pantone, the harbinger of color trends, has given birth to two colors of the year from 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity, otherwise known as baby pink and baby blue.
It’s the first time Pantone has chosen two colors for its annual distinction.
Los Angeles interior designer Timothy Corrigan said in the L.A Times said, “The choices represent a welcome change. People are ready for softer colors. They are moving away from the strong bold colors and geometric patterns that have been popular over the past few years. There is a return to comfort and innocence.”
But there’s more behind this year’s color choices.
“The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. 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,” they said. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”
Designers and people who like to stay on the forefront of interior trends wait for Pantone’s announcement every year to kick off their 2016 looks. Ready to get your new color on? Here are a few ways to use each in your home.
Decorating with Rose Quartz
“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” said Pantone.
Rose Quartz and complementary shades of pink and gray create a glamorous bedroom.
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Decorating with Serenity
“Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times,” said Pantone.
Used as wall color, it creates a peaceful tone and sets the foundation for complementary hues.
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