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How to Rock the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 at Home

News of the Pantone Colour of the year 2016 was stuffed with some extra excitement this time around; there was not one hue to celebrate, but two glorious shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 feature wall ideas

Pantone says that the blending of these two hues brings with it a sense of comfort and balance. The warm tones of the Rose Quartz and the cool tones of Serenity are also said to evoke calm, order and peace.

I can’t help but notice that there’s a merge here of stereotypically male and female colours – blue and pink. Pantone were all too aware of this when announcing the chosen tones, and has said that this decision was all about celebrating the gender blur and giving a good nod to equality between the sexes.

Pantone also says that choosing these two colours reflected our confidence with using hue to express ourselves, and not being restricted or confined by notions that pink is for girls and blue for boys. They’re calling us “a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged,” and I couldn’t be happier that we’re throwing away such outdated thinking!

Of course, the obvious question is, how do I rock the colours in the Pantone Colour of the year 2016 release? Well, I’m going to show you now.

How to Rock the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

The great thing about both Rose Quartz and Serenity – and any variation of them – is that they work so well against a white colour palette.

Given that the majority of us have this backdrop at home means that we can bring in these colours into a space in any scale and proportion we choose.

If you want to go all out (and I always admire a decorator with guts in this area), try a feature wall or similar moment using one or both of the shades. The image above is quite a striking example of how you can use these colours to great effect to create some wow factor in a room. I also like the play on shapes here. A feature wall doesn’t have to be a square block of paint. A circle or stripe can bring with it a sense of surprise and really lift a room.

If you’re concerned that these pastel-like tones are going to make your room feel too soft or juvenile, dark wood tones and black in large proportions are your friends and will help ground the space. Lush green plants will also work well here, so if you’re rocking 2015’s biggest interior trend, Botanics, it’ll feel right at home with these new Pantone colours.

Pink dining room rose quartz pantone colour of the year 2016

Rose Quartz will also come alive with some copper or bronze pops, along with hints of deep, rich reds like maroon. I don’t think last year’s Pantone Colour of the Year, Marsala, really took off, but you could bring in a darker variation of if alongside Rose Quartz with great results.

Serenity will play nicely with lemon tones and soft greys – and is particularly divine going into the warmer months. The tones in this colour feel quite retro, so if you love a bit of a vintage throwback, this colour is all yours. It’ll also bring a sense of vibrancy to an all-white, Scandi palette.

Click here for more details on the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016.

Where to Buy some Rose Quartz + Serenity Homewares

Of course, you might not have the desire to paint your entire room pink (no judgement!), so bringing the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 into your home is as easy as introducing some new decor gems into the mix.

Below I’ve found a selection of items from some of my fave brands that all channel the 2016 hues. Simply see below for all the hyperlinks so you can shop the look online and rock a bit of Pantone in your home and be ahead of the game before the new year hits!

Aura Home Pink Plates and Tableware in Rose Quartz

The image above comes courtesy of AURA Home and features pieces from their divine tableware collection. This gives me all sorts of heart palpitations and I really want it all ASAP if not sooner.

Click here to jump onto their website and take a look at the range.

Below are 9 of my other fave homewares pieces in these gorgeous pink and blue hues. Enjoy!

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 on TLC Interiors Blog

Top Row
Swirl Dinner Plate – Click to Shop
Pear Print – Click to Shop
Dustpan & Broom in Light Blue – Click to Shop

Middle Row
Ecoya Candle in Sweet Pea & Jasmine – Click to Shop
Sirio Cushion – Click to Shop
Set of 4 Quinn Mugs – Click to Shop

Bottom Row
Set of 4 Kali Side Plates – Click to Shop
Pale Blue and White Basket – Click to Shop
Charlie Table Lamp – Click to Shop

>>> Are you loving the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 hues? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these shades in the comments below.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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