Who says pink is for girls and blue is for boys?! Well certainly not the Pantone Color Institute. They’ve released not one but two colours of the year for 2016 that aim to bring a sense of mindfulness and tranquility into our modern lives and move further away from the gender colour stereotypes.
Have you ever looked at the sky when the sun is bursting from behind the clouds, creating a haze of pink and a vivid powder blue and it makes you stop the car and pull over to take a photo? Well then you’ve found the Pantone colours for 2016.
Rose Quartz and Serenity are a heavenly pairing, bringing an instant sense of peace and calm to any interior decor scheme. I love that they evoke romance but with a sophisticated coolness.
If you’ve never considered a shade of pink for outside a little girl’s room well now is the time. A grown up pastel shade for every room in your house, from table tops to fabrics to front doors. Paired with the more feminine shade of blue, it’s a striking combination.
We’ve seen shops and online home stores bursting with blush shades of pink for a couple of years now, but the Rose Quartz is more pink than nude, a hint of coral to this salmony hue. Serenity makes me want to Google ‘cornflower blue’ in search of tonal accessories but in fact it’s much less purple than cornflower and more akin to a dusty powder blue.
Do you follow the trends when it comes to decorating with colour? Here are a few pieces to get you inspired. I’ve got my eye firmly on the hammock…
Vintage style Radio ebay | Nordal Blue Bowl Amara | Set of Pink Towels House of Fraser | Pink Velvet Cushion The French Bedroom Company | Pink Spot Hammock Bloomingville | Joules knit cushion House of Fraser and there’s a matching throw available too! | Set of three storage bowls Amara | Rustic Blue Candle Nordic House | Murmur ceramic Mug Houseology | Blue Faux Fur Throw Helen Moore | Blue La Creuset casserole dish John Lewis | Pink Milk Jug Amara | Kartell Charles Ghost stool Houseology | Azure Blue Toaster Currys | Rose bud vase Mia Fleur | Geometric candle votive Amara.
And it’s not just us grown ups who will fall in love with this colour trend this year, there are lots of beautiful products to decorate your children’s rooms with too. If you want a girly room without the floral print or sparkles then why not look at these top picks from some of our favourite online stores. I’ve always loved sourcing different accessories for my boy’s rooms over time, feeling so satisfied when I stumbled upon a new website or shop on my travels and adding to their aviation themed shared bedroom. Mixing and matching from across the web and high street will give your kids a room as unique as they are.
Rose Pavillion Tent Canvas and Willow | Bow print cushion | Ferm Living cloud bedding | Velour Buck Head Mini Objects of Desire | Cloud print wallpaper Bobo Kids | Wooden block house Scandi Mini | Print playing cards Zazzle | Sailing boat beside lamp Children’s Rooms | Pink wire basket Made in Design | Bear Cushion Ferm Living | Baby Lapin night light This Modern Life | Wigwam Houseology | Pear night light This Modern Life | Billy Bear cushion Lullaby | Large pink suitcase Oliver Bonas.
So can you see yourself tempted by the Pantone choices this year? I have a mint and coral theme in our predominately grey and white family dining room but I think the pinky tone could work really well as well as the coral. I’ve crept in a few postcards and prints which have found new homes on the mantelpiece. What do you reckon, can a contemporary colour scheme work in an old country home?
Happy colour hunting!