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Decorating with Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

Jan 2016

Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your Sinkology sink.

Happy 2016! I’ll be the first to admit that I get a little sad when the holidays are over and it’s time to take down all the merry and festive décor. But after the last plastic bin has been packed and stored away, a sense of excitement settles in for the opportunity to start fresh with home décor for the new year!

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I lean toward neutrals as the color foundation of my home, but I love to use pops of bright or soft colors as accents. Earlier this month, Pantone announced two shades as its color of the year: Rose Quartz, a “warmer embracing rose tone,” and Serenity, a “cooler tranquil blue.” I love this combo because I think it offers up a variety of ways to incorporate these soothing colors into your home’s existing palette. Here are just a few ideas…

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Looking to make a big statement with either of these colors? Try painting an entire room or even just one accent wall. Blue is an inherently calming color, making it a great choice for bedrooms. I used a light blue (Benjamin Moore Blue Lace) in one of our bedrooms and it provides that perfect hint of color to offset the off-white trim. Try pairing light blue-gray with a warm metallic like copper or, in this case, rose gold. This mirror was an antique store special that got a quick makeover with two coats of rose gold spray paint. The metallic really pops against the blue and adds a touch of sophistication. If you’re not quite ready to paint an entire room, try incorporating these color tones as artwork. Minted’s Art Marketplace is a great source of unique and inspiring paintings and prints that can be ordered in a variety of sizes. I’m loving “form” by Lauren Packard and “Weathered” by Melanie Severin, both of which incorporate dusty rose and cool blue hues.

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You can also choose to add this color combo in a more subtle way throughout your home. If you missed it in my last blog post on decorating with metallics, I love mixing old and new elements in my décor. Pink depression glass is one of those things that always draws me in when I see it at antique stores or flea markets. The soft rose color is so warm and inviting. It never fails to charm me into making a purchase…like this tray I picked up at an antique store years ago. Originally intended for food, I chose to use it on my bathroom vanity as a place to collect perfumes and soaps. A vintage silver julep cup adds a point of metallic interest while also serving a stylish purpose (hello, Q-Tips!). To ground this corner a little bit, I hung a framed section of old tin ceiling tiles that have taken on a grayish blue patina as they age.

Another easy way to incorporate Rose Quartz and Serenity undertones in your décor is through linens. Because these colors balance and complement one another, they’re a perfect pair in bedrooms and bathrooms. Try coordinating duvet covers and shams or towels and bath mats. For my farmhouse master bathroom, I incorporated small touches of dusty rose and gray-blue to accent the mirrors and claw foot tub. The colors evoke the sense of calm. I was going to make my bathroom feel like a spa retreat (a girl can dream, right?).

As you look for easy ways to change up your home for the new year, try using one or both of these colors. Whether your style is rustic, modern, beachy or farmhouse, Rose Quartz and Serenity-inspired hues are versatile and will offer up an instant refresh to your current decor. For more Pantone color-of-the-year inspiration, check out Sinkology’s “Copper+Pantone 2016” Pinterest Board. Here’s to a great start to the new year!


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