Design Recipes: Decorating with new ‘it’ Pantone colors
And the new “it” color of the year is ... wait for it ... it’s TWO colors! In an unprecedented move, color experts at the Pantone Color Institute, the arbiters of color and trendsetters for fashion and home decor color trends, this year for the first time have selected not one, but two colors to be the Pantone Colors of yhe Year. You will soon find Rose Quartz (a muted pink) and Serenity (a powder blue) everywhere from fashions on the runway to home furnishings.
The colors: You may think pink and blue is an unlikely pair. Often pink is considered to be a more feminine color, blue more masculine. The decision to select both is said to be symbolic of gender blending in society. Fast forward to home decor, and using these colors in your home as intended can allow you to create a home that is essentially gender-neutral.
How to use them: Instead of using a single color throughout, think of either blending Rose Quartz and Serenity together or using a single color with a neutral base color such as black, taupe, white or charcoal gray and perhaps using the other Pantone color as an accent.
In general, one of the easiest ways to use color successfully is to start with a neutral palette and layer your color. For example, begin with a neutral base, perhaps a primary piece of furniture such as a sofa or chair, and then build your color palette by adding accessories and accents.
Some of the best ways to incorporate the Pantone colors into your existing colors will be through the use of accessories such as vases, trays, lacquered boxes, artwork and even coffee table books. Also, don’t forget simple touches. Even a pink peony in a small vase would blend beautifully in a Serenity blue room.
Rose quartz: Pink has been on trend for quite some time. From soft hues to hot pink, it remains a dominating force in home decor. Pink is not a feminine color, but truly gender-neutral. I am sure we have all seen a lovely men’s pink cashmere sweater or gorgeous pink tie. Consider Rose Quartz as a perfect color to blend with brighter bolder colors, because of its soft and soothing qualities it will help tame other colors. Some great colors to pair with Rose Quartz include charcoal gray, white and black.
Serenity: What a fabulous blue hue! This shade of blue is just like a great black dress — you can dress it up or down. The shade is both on trend and timeless. As a result, you can use it in nearly every room of the house. One room you may not have thought of is the kitchen. These days, everyone is looking for ways to spice up their kitchen, so why not do so with a little color? And for other rooms of the home, there is nothing more soothing than a blue bathroom or bedroom.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at email@example.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.