Less Baby Shower, More Bold & Beautiful | Decorating With Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

January 11, 2016 | By | Comments (3)

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What to expect when you’re expecting the release of Pantone’s Color of the Year: a shade as chic as it is earth-shattering. Pantone is, after all, the global color authority responsible for introducing “radiant orchid,” “marsala,” and “emerald” into the mainstream spectrum.

What not to expect when you’re expecting the release of Pantone’s Color of the Year: the arrival of twins.

Surprising even the most color-conscious among us, Pantone recently revealed two 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity – also known as my favorite four-letter words, pink and blue.

According to representatives at Pantone – who meet with international color experts biannually to discuss and determine trends in tone – Rose Quartz and Serenity reflect a “connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Perhaps, because of this color combination’s inherent tranquility, we gravitate toward the palette when celebrating the birth of a little girl or boy. Alas, if past years of Pantone success are any indication, pink and blue are soon to migrate from newborn nurseries to home décor showrooms and department store racks.

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Although it was built in 1899, my pint-sized walk-up in New York City’s Upper West Side speaks the language of Pantone 2016 rather fluently. Accented with pops of baby blue and barely-there blush, my pastel Bachelorette pad represents an effort to merge feminine energy with urban allure – all the while, striving to maintain an aura of subtle, southern charm.

A testament to the belief that “everything old is new again,” my apartment’s centerpiece is a cobalt couch from my grandpa’s bachelor days in Georgia. Adorned with understated white and pink dots, the mid-century sectional is stacked with a plush selection of pale pillows. Above it hangs an image of a rose that my grandpa spotted roadside and photographed while on a Sunday drive in deep South Georgia; below it, rests a printed Persian rug snagged on one of grandpa’s international adventures. Arranged on shelves and stacked atop books, pink Depression Glass my grandparents collected from flea markets and auctions holds clusters of jewels, flowers, and candy. These touches of technicolor tradition are inspired by my late-grandpa’s positive and purposeful perspective.

Quirky accessories and the girliest of gallery walls balance finds from yesteryear with contemporary whimsy. Refinished furniture – outdated oak transformed by cream-colored coats of paint – display an ever-changing menagerie of glittering figurines. Finally, an exposed brick wall punctuated by a towering fireplace delivers the glamorous metropolitan grit I sought when migrating from Northeast Georgia to the Northeastern United States.

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Ready to welcome Pantone’s 2016 arrival with an interior overhaul? Invest in classic finds accented with Rose Quartz and Serenity that are guaranteed to complement future trends in color and design. Sprinkle with trendy and budget-friendly pink and blue touches like decorative pillows and placards.

Want to experiment without fully embracing Pantone’s Colors of the Year? Implement hints of Rose Quartz and Serenity into seasonal décor, bouquets of fresh flowers, or a spring wardrobe.

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  1. Martha Anne Dunagan

    Love your apartment & style, too! Interesting & wonderful insights on the Pantone colors of the year – I share your love of blue but not too sure abt the pink for us! ☺️ Great to continue to follow your successes!!

    January 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  2. Susan

    Love your apartment!

    January 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  3. Monica Lavin, Lavin Label

    I also love both of those colors!

    January 11, 2016 at 11:39 am

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