When I heard that Pantone had released not one—but two!—colors this year, my curiosity was piqued. Was last year’s deep burgundy color of Marsala such a hit that they decided to get more bang for their buck? Or was this two-for-one something else entirely?
But then I looked at the actual colors of rose quartz and serenity. My mind jumped immediately to baby showers, old family photos, and my late grandmother’s taste in furniture, despite Pantone’s bold proclamation that the two hues “challenge traditional perceptions of color association.”
Yeah, yeah, everyone’s a critic. But then I started looking into how that would actually translate to (modern!) home décor, and the answer—much to my surprise—was, surprisingly well. Since rose quartz is a pretty pale pink and not, say, as in-your-face as the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, it lends itself to throw pillows, linens, wall colors, and even accent chairs, if you want to fully commit to living with one of the “It” colors of 2016.
Serenity, with its muted hue, is an easier color to deal with (or maybe that’s just because I tend to gravitate more toward cooler and neutral colors). But combined? You’ve somehow got a fresh, gender-neutral space that feels to-the-minute. The key is keeping your furniture and accessories streamlined, so no chintzy shabby chic, please.
Check out five ways you can decorate with the two trendiest colors for 2016.