There’s always great excitement when the Pantone Colour Institute announce their latest feature colour. It tends to become the hot colour trend for the coming year, with both fashion houses and interior designers being influenced by their choice.
Last year’s colour was a rather unpopular muddy red called Marsala, but this year they’ve surpassed themselves with not one but two colours being announced for 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity.
These soft hues may seem like an unusual choice but according to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s Executive Director, ‘joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace’. So there you have it.
These two colours would work really well together in a nursery – especially if you’re trying to go gender neutral – but with a little imagination, there’s no reason why you can’t introduce one or both colours into any other room in your house.
Pretty in Pink
A pink sofa will make a beautiful statement in any lounge. Especially paired with a soft blue or even grey, it will create a sophisticated and stylish room that harks back to the Paris drawing rooms or regency grandeur, whilst still managing to look contemporary and fresh.
If you’re not sure the whole family will appreciate a big pop of pink, why not add some subtle shades and prints. We love the Willow sofa, which just happens to comes with the perfect scatter cushions for this trend.
Cook up a storm with pink and blue
The kitchen might seem like an unlikely choice for such soft, dreamy colours but many manufacturers have already caught onto the fact that we’d like our white goods to come in a few extra colours. From fridges to food mixers and bowls to bread bins, this is a great way to introduce these new season colours into your home.
A clean new look for the bathroom
Although some shades of blue have traditionally been used in the bathroom, it’s probably never crossed your mind to use pale blue or pale pink. However, these sugared almond colours will look amazing – especially if used on the bath to create a stunning centrepiece to the room. If you’re lucky enough to already have a cast iron bath, you can give it a makeover with a lick of specialist paint.
We often overlook the humble hallway but there’s nowhere better to make a real style statement and show off the new season’s colours. If you don’t want to go the whole hog and introduce these new colours on the walls, you can easily create a statement piece of furniture by using one of the new shades.
Now that baby blue and pink have broken free of the nursery, they’re set to run riot through our homes. Possibly the easiest place to introduce these new key colours, is in the bedroom. If you already have a neutral colour scheme and pale furniture like our Country Cottage range you can transform your room overnight, just with the addition of a few beautiful pillows and throws. Sweet dreams come as standard with this calm and soothing Rose Quartz and Serenity combination.
What do you think of the new colours for 2016? Will you be rushing out to snap up a new Smeg or reaching for the paint brush? We’d love to know.