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How to Use Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year (Without Channeling a Nursery)


Serenty Blue & Rose Quartz Design Ideas
Though the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, were announced last December, I’m just wrapping my head around this first-ever dual release. I find it hard to focus on home improvement when visions of eggnog and mistletoe swirl about during the holiday season. (Is this just me?)

Now that the first East Coast blizzard has fallen and produced cabin fever of extreme proportions, I’ve had sufficient time to think about this color combination. Here’s what Pantone officially has to say:

“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Wow. We’re all for this shift towards inner peace and balance. Bonus points that the colors are also a nod towards gender equality and fluidity as opposed to stereotypical ideas of the uses of the colors blue and pink. PSA: Hey kids: blue isn’t just for boys, and pink isn’t just for girls.
Nevertheless, incorporating these colors into your home can be tricky. Unless you’re actually designing a nursery, you’ll want to steer away from the sugary, saccharine interiors that pastels are normally associated with.

Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of Rose Quartz and Serenity accessories for your kitchen and bath that are très chic instead of baby chick.

1. Handblown Glass Vase


This dainty vase is soft and curved, yet masculine at the same time. Fill it with peonies, which happen to be the perfect shade of Rose Quartz. Mother (Nature) really does know best.

2. Petal gauze towels

Soft pink gauze lightweight towels

It’s a misconception that fluffy towels are better towels. These thin, petal-colored gauze towels are lightweight, dry super quickly, and a breeze to pack. Mix and match them with patterned styles to avoid a too-perfect look.

3. Kartell Charles Ghost Stool

Clear Light Blue Kartell Ghost Indoor and Outdoor Stool

How fantastic would these look placed up against a white marble island? Since I don’t have a kitchen island and I’m on a budget, I’ll just be purchasing one as a decorative stand for my miniature bonsai tree. Zen, indeed.

4. e27 Halogen pendant

Modern light pink naked lightbulb pendant
The naked simplicity of this lightbulb design is striking, and the pale pink hue contrasts beautifully with the industrial feel of the piece. Whether hung alone or in a cluster,the e27 makes a great parlor room conversation piece.

5. Williams-Sonoma Blue-Gold Dinnerware Collection

Light blue and white china dinnerware set edged in gold

This Serenity-inspired Pickard China is simultaneously classic and on-trend. Plus, you can get everything monogrammed in 24-karat gold. Why wait for a special occasion? Treat. Yo. Self.

6. Silk overdyed rug

Handwoven light blue silk rug

Rugs can warm up a kitchen and shouldn’t be relegated just to the living room or bedroom. A silk option is pricey, but a worthy investment as this one is handwoven in India and will be a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.

7. Cabinet knob

Light pink rose quartz and silver cabinet knob

It’s well known that switching out the knobs on your cabinets are a quick, relatively inexpensive way to freshen your kitchen or bathroom. This rose quartz style is subtle and stylish for 2016.

8. Sip Cup

Small blue and pink ombré porcelain cup
Made of glazed porcelain, this mini cup reminds me of gorgeous West Coast sunsets. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon espresso or your morning tea. Or, you can use it as a pot for tiny plants! Whatever the use, a collection of these would be lovely displayed prominently on all-white shelves.

How will you be incorporating Rose Quartz and/or Serenity into your home this year?

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