Rose Quartz and Serenity are Pantone colours of the year
Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colours of 2016, which set global design trends and will continue to be the strongest colour influence throughout the year. What does that mean for interior design and home decor, you might ask?
Mixing and matching those two beautiful pink and lilac tones will allow you to create a serene, peaceful and wholesome home environment. Instead of thinking about one main colour setting the mood in your home, you can now challenge yourself to combine two colours and expand your colour palette in home decor elements. Luckily, Rose Quartz and Serenity complement each other perfectly and so will make your life easier when it comes to home decor.
I would like to share with you some ideas how to use these colours in your interior, starting with the basic colour scheme of your home, walls, ceilings and floor, moving on to furniture, home accessories, such as rugs and pillows, and adding plants to the mix.
Approach your interior decor as a whole - start with the backbone
When we start thinking about home interior, it is always good to start with a base. The backbone of your home is what you build on, so make sure you think crefully about the colour and texture of your walls, ceilings and floor.
You may want to start with Rose Quartz as it is a more warming tone for the walls and ceiling. It is slightly lighter and will make your rooms feel brighter. To give even more character to your home, think outside the box. Painting the walls is not the only option here - you can have Rose Quartz colour in bathroom tiles, as well as textured wallpaper.
Don't shy away from Serenity, as it is a more calming and relaxing tone. It may seem a bit darker, but it will undoubtedly bring tranquility to the space. Make sure you pair Serenity with ivory or a white ceiling and warm beige flooring to bring in more light into the interior.
Take it a step further and pair both colours together - have accent walls in Serenity while you paint other walls in Rose Quartz or vice versa. Also don't forget that you can choose flooring or paint door frames in one of those colours, while the walls in the other. Any combination of these beautiful hues works!
Choose your furniture wisely to establish focal points in your interior
Think carefully about sofas, tables and chairs. Those pieces of furniture can introduce Rose Quartz colour into your home and establish focal points, even if the backbone (walls, ceiling and floors) is more neutral - beige, ivory or grey.
Serenity, either on its own or paired with a rosy hue, will carry the colour scheme through. Light beige or ivory works perfectly with the lilac hue.
Expand your colour scheme with essential home decor accessories
You may still want to stick to more classic grey, white and beige walls and flooring. When decorating your home in Pantone colours of the year 2016, you can achieve a wholesome atmosphere in your home by using pillows, throws, blankets and rugs.
You can find decorative pillow covers in Rose Quartz and Serenity hues - that's a very convenient option as you can order them in pairs and have both colours represented in your home. You can place four of these pillows on a grey sofa, two pillows on an armchair or one pillow on each chair. This colour combination works great with grey, beige, even navy or wooden furniture. You can find these handmade linen pillow covers in Pillowlink.
You can expand your colour scheme, and the easiest way to do that is introducing colourful pillows in your interior decor. This is where you can really play with different Pantone colour swatches and take your interior colour scheme one step further. Add some green tones, such as Lentil Sprout and complement it with warm Cocoon.
Green and beige tones will complement pink and lilac hues of Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Be sure to introduce textures - maybe sneak in a hand knitted pillow cover in beige, to complement your Rose Quartz sofa. You can find a great range of pastel, beige and natural grey decorative pillow covers in Pillowlink as well as knitted blankets for your cosy afternoons with a book.
Another colour swatch from Pantone brings together beige, brown and light yellow tones. If you have chosen your wall and flooring (or furniture) to be Rose Quartz and Serenity, it is a great idea to accompany those tones with ivory, brown or Vetiver knitted blanket and natural linen decorative pillow in Starfish hue.
Plant power in the house
Make sure you add green plants to your pastel colour interior. Having plants in your home will make the atmosphere cosy, while enhancing dominant colours, as well as bringing freshness to your interior.
Tiny palm trees and succulents are great, as well as a variety of cacti. They're all relatively easy to look after and they radiate life. You can place them in pink or lilac flower pots for continuity with the colour scheme of your home interior.
It's all about the balance
It's tempting to let one colour dominate in the interior, but the trick is in the balance. If you're leaning more towards Rose Quarts, make sure you have some elements in your interior that offer Serenity to balance it out. Another way of ensuring a balance in your interior is using a mix of both colours or a subtle transition in colour.
Take inspiration from the way colourful smoke blends together different hues. There is one clear source of inspiration when decorating your home interior in Rose Quartz and Serenity tones - it's the sky. Don't forget to look up, breathe in the air and relax - this is definitely the message that Pantone colours of the year are delivering into our hearts and homes.