6 Ways to Decorate with Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

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Hi lovely friends!  I hope that 2016 is off to a wonderful start for you.  I was sooo sick over New Year’s Eve and the first of the year that I feel like I am getting a late start on things already.  Isn’t that just life sometimes??

So, those of you who follow design trends know that Pantone (THE authority on color) announced its color of the year in December.  For the first time ever, it has selected two colors.  They are two complementary colors called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone Announcement

Many people might find them very pastel and too sweet to use in their homes, but see how they are used in the spaces below.  They might just change your mind and have you dreaming of these bubble gum hues.

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Style Me Pretty

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The English Room

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Ryann Colleen

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French by Design

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Jonah Podbereski

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Ashley Capp

They need not be limited to children’s rooms and work with a variety of color pairings.  I like how they are paired with browns and dark teals to tame them down a little bit.

Pantone Color Combo

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There are ways to incorporate these distinct colors in more subtle ways.  No need to go and get a can of pink paint!  These accessories can help you add that pop of pastel without a major commitment.


Pillow/ Tumbler / Rug / Lamp / Dishware / Bowl

What do you think?  Yay or Nay?  I think they are fun and am probably going to use a variation of rose quartz in my daughter’s big girl room.  I definitely like them better than last year’s wine-colored Marsala.

You can read all about Pantone’s prior colors of the year here and here.

Until next time.


































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Pillow /  Tumbler /  Rug /  Lamp / Dishware / Bowl

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year: I Would Rather Drink It!

I really wish I could say I love Pantone’s color of the year, but I can’t.  Marsala, Pantone’s color for 2015, is enough to push me deeper into my winter blahs.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am starting this year off in a “special” kind of mood.  I was sick on New Years’s and am feeling unmotivated and very behind.

Here is Marsala.  It is named after a fortified wine.  Like I said . . . I would rather drink it than decorate with it!
Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

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I think it works best in smaller doses in spaces such as these.  I like the understated look of the color in the rugs.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

 Brittany Ambridge for Domino

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

Oriental Weavers

Or, another good option would be to incorporate the color in smaller doses uses home accents.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents drapes


Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents lamp Wayfair


Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents rug


Anthropologie Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 home accents throw


The murky color of Marsala was really not working for me.  However, when I began to see how it plays against other colors, it started to grow on me a bit.  Paired with the right colors, it looks more like a deep sienna or oxblood.  I think it looks best with greens and blues, including navy, as well as pale pink.

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015 best color pairings

Staffan Tollgard

Pantone's Antique Green

Antique Green

Pantone's Starlight Blue

Starlight Blue

Pantone blue nights

Blue Nights

Pantone's Gossamer Pink

Gossamer Pink

Pantone's Cream Pink

Cream Pink

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid, which I was smitten with.

Pantone Radiant ORchid

The year before it was a shade of turquoise which is still trending.  Who knows if Marsala will take off the same way.  I guess time will tell!

What do you think?  Are you a fan or would you rather drink it like me?