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The “Go To” Colors for Decorating in 2016

color-fan-541624_960_720Every year, interior designers eagerly anticipate the official announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. For the first time ever, Pantone actually named two colors as their “it” color: Rose Quartz and Serenity. If those colors don’t automatically pop into your head, think an updated blending of the classic baby blue and pink that might have showed up in a baby’s room in the early 1980’s. And what exactly is the Pantone Color of the Year? According to the Pantone website it’s “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

Decorating with a feminine blush pink or serenity blue thankfully doesn’t have to be reserved for a baby’s nursery anymore. According to Joss & Main’s style director Donna Garlough, you can pair Rose Quartz with a deep billiard green for a retro look, terra cotta for a southwest feel or white for feminine appeal. Likewise, think of Serenity as being an updated gray that adds some extra appeal. Pair it with light pastels like mint and peach that are popping up everywhere in home décor and fashion trends these days.

So how do you work in these go to colors without re-decorating your entire house?

Accessorize. Throws and pillows can add pops of color to your existing furniture without fully committing to an entirely new color scheme. If you want to take it a step further, curtains and drapes make a huge statement but are still generally less expensive than new furniture.

Shop vintage. You may be surprised at the number of pink and light blue velvet statement chairs you’ll find out there that may have seemed dated until the past few years when those colors began to emerge again.

Paint for a small room. Take a powder bathroom or a small office and transform it using the latest design colors on the walls. Paint is inexpensive and small rooms will require little else in order to completely transform.

Buy fun and small décor. Candles, rugs, books and paintings can all bring in pops of new color without costing you a fortune and can be switched out easily when you tire of them.

What do you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity? Would you use them in your home or do you think they need to be reserved for a baby’s room?

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