It’s twins! For the first year ever Pantone named not one, but TWO colors of the year for 2016. The shades were chosen to convey a rosy warmth and tranquility for the new year, also playing a nod to societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,” as the company said in a statement. The “baby” blue and pink colors may remind you of the walls of a nursery but Pantone says that the open exchange of information online “has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” And that “Rose quartz is not baby pink,” says Leatrice Eiseman who, as executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute, oversees the company’s annual choice of Color of the Year, agrees that “It doesn’t have that wimpy feel.”
Now maybe you’re not decorating a nursery but what to use these colors in your design, here are a few tips and tricks form us to help you:
Make A Statement! - Buy a large area rug with a subtle pattern to give trendy update to a traditional color.
Or use Serenity
and paint your ceiling to give your room a more elegant and framed look.
To buy: Marrakech Trellis Area Rug, $98, wayfair.com; Fulham Light Blue Area Rug, $96,wayfair.com.
Play with gender roles Explore the balance between the masculine and feminine sides of both the colors. Using the furniture and design of your room to counter balance out the color. Also play with the idea of adding a complementary color that gives more of a balance to the room.
Use pops of the color
Use the colors of the year sporadically throughout your home if you already have a fairly neutral color palate.
Use objects like lamps, frames, throw pillows, and other small various objects to create a sense of flow throughout your space that doesn’t over whelm your house with color.
To buy: SANELA Cushion Cover, $8, ikea.com; Beaded Galaxy Burst Pillow Cover, $30, westelm.com. Pink Shaggy Pouf Seat, $69, landofnod.com; Veria Faded Denim and White Sand Cube, $119,overstock.com. Metal Container, $13,hm.com; Glass Vase, $25,surlatable.com. Haute Pink Ovo Table Lamp, $100, lampsplus.com; Placid Blue Double Gourd Table Lamp, $100, lampsplus.com