December is busy with holiday festivities, but it’s also the month when Pantone, the leading authority on colour, announces its decision for the coveted title of Colour of the Year. The choice for the coming year–or more accurately, choices–has created quite the uproar in the fashion and design world.

That’s right. Pantone selected TWO colours to share the spotlight in 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. 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.

pantone colour selection of 2016

Pastel shades of pink and blue, this color pairing is a huge departure from Pantone’s announcement of bright Radiant Orchid in 2014 and deep Marsala in 2015. While many are jumping to conclusions about the political and cultural implications of Pantone’s decision, we’re here to tell you what you really want to know: how to incorporate the Colour of the Year into your Vancouver area home’s decor.

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

If pastels aren’t your thing, then go bold! No one’s stopping you from using Pantone’s idea of contrasting pink and blue with vivid shades. In fact, every year designers all over the world come up with their own personal take on how to use the Colour of the Year to inspire their work. The creator of this living space back dropped it with dark blue and then carefully chose decor elements–like the white faux deer head and hot pink chair–for a result that is nothing short of fabulous!

contemporary living room with roller shades

And with the ample light this open-concept space receives, they chose roller shades–simple in both function and design–that won’t take away from the look of this home. If you’re inspired, our selection of custom drapes, blinds and accessories can help you find your own way of using the Colour of the Year to design a space that’s all yours and everything you want it to be.
We’ll be on the lookout for how Rose Quartz and Serenity make their way into next year’s clothing lines and interiors. But, we’ll also be on the lookout for you!

Our team at Universal Blinds would love to help you incorporate the soon-to-be-trending combination of pink and blue into your Vancouver area home. Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation to get started!