3 Ways to Easily Use Pantone’s Color of the Year

This year, Pantone chose the complimentary Rose Quartz and Serenity as their colors of the year for 2016. Reminiscent of baby pink and baby blue, the colors are a natural fit for Florida, calling to mind the tranquil blues of the coast and iconic pink buildings from its Art Deco past.

You don’t need a total home makeover to incorporate one or both of these colors into your existing design scheme. Whether you want to make a big splash or take subtle inspiration, there are many ways to bring the new colors of the year into your home.

Start Small

Flowers are a good way to test how a new color works within your current design. Hydrangeas come in both Serenity and Rose Quartz—add an arrangement to your space and see if you think the colors fit into their surroundings. If you’re pleased, try adding a few permanent accessories or a larger piece of furniture that prominently feature one or both colors.2
This gorgeous bathroom scene from tile supplier Atlas Concorde subtly incorporates both colors of the year into large painted tiles that serve as the main focal point.

Use As A Wall Color

If you love the colors and want to make them a mainstay of your home, try using one as your primary wall color. We love this clean, fresh example from FDW cabinet distributer Kraftmaid:
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In this laundry room, the light matte blue helps convey an air of cleanliness and organization, which may be all the inspiration you need to keep your laundry room as put together as the one in this picture.4
You can also use paint to accent one wall, or one section of a room.
In this bathroom, Serenity softens the pattern of the geometric tile, made by FDW supplier AKDO. The cool tone pops amongst all the beige, complimenting the polished nickel hardware.

Accent with Tiles

One of our favorite ways to add a splash of color to your living space is with tile. It adds dimension and texture that goes beyond simple flat paint.5
The steps to this spa tub invite a sense of relaxation only Serenity can impart. Oceanside Glasstiles’ setup blends right in with many of the coastal themed homes in Florida.
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Another beautifully executed room from Oceanside Glasstile, this kitchen is the perfect model for a contemporary oceanfront property. It finds a delicate balance between light and dark shades, and feels clean and polished.7
In this bathroom, Rose Quartz is the primary wall color. Tile in a slightly darker shade and texture is used to break up what could have easily become a monotonous scheme.

Want to incorporate Pantone’s colors of the year into your home, but don’t know where to begin? The Florida Design Works team is already bursting with ideas. Visit our contact page to get in touch with a FDW Designer in your area and get started today.

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