Way back in December the colour experts at Pantone announced that for the first time ever, there would be two colours of the year. Rose Quartz (blush pink) and Serenity (sky blue) represent warmth, and when used together should create a space with a sense of peace... a very welcome change from the dark and moody Marsala from 2015.
Both colours have started to trickle into the shops and now is the perfect time to begin incorporating both into your home decor. To avoid a cotton candy catastrophe follow our advice on colour pairings and our simple steps to bringing this colour trend into your home (without any decor disasters!).
What are Pantone's colours of 2016?
A typically feminine colour, you don't have to shy away from this shade of pink if dainty isn't your style. When mixed together with copper and brass accessories you create a quirky room, with an industrial edge. This muted shade of pink partners perfectly with anything marble and crisp, clean whites... and of course anything in Pantone's Serenity.
This powdery pastel blue is calming, cool and soothing (perfect for your bedroom!). Both colours can be paired with a long list of other colours (see all Pantone's colour pairings here) but we particularly love Serenity mixed with rustic wood furniture and accessories, layered together with greys and whites. This blue was made for a Scandi style bedroom.
How to add Pantone's colours of the year to your home
A piece of statement furniture is an easy way to get an instant splash of colour into any room in your home. Bedsides are a great, low-key way to pop these colours into your bedroom. For the 'wow' factor a statement armchair or bedstead (just imagine... a great big pink bed!) will do the trick.
If you create a feature with your furniture, keep the rest of the decor neutral to avoid colour clashing (and the headaches that come with it!).
If you're not ready to commit to larger (more expensive) pieces of furniture, then you can easily add both colours through your entire home with textiles. Jordan and Russell (the wonderful interior design duo the 2 Lovely Gays) were spot on when creating our collaborative collection. Both Florence and Mary are the perfect shades of pink and blue.
Mixing up your bed linen lets you make instant changes to your bedroom style.
We love to mix and match... so pop on a pink duvet and mix in some blue pillowcases for an instant switch up. Both designs look super layered together with white cotton sheets and pillowcases.
For the rest of the house add small details with both accent colours... cushion covers, throws and rugs add a pop of colour and freshness to your house.
It's the quickest, simplest (and cheapest) way to inject a splash of colour into your home. Painting furniture, feature walls and even your doors lets you easily change up the way your home looks and get involved in the colour trends you love. If you're going to paint a large area always do a test area first. There's nothing worse than painting a wall to find it doesn't work with the lighting or your other bits and bobs for lighting and see how the colour works with your other bits and pieces.
How would you add these colours to your decor... or perhaps you already have?