Time to put on your rose-tinted spectacles…

March 30, 2016

We’re charmed by Pantone’s colours of the year for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity are a pretty pairing that will take us into Spring with a smile.

If you said they were just pink and blue, you’d of course be right. But Pantone, the company that’s the world authority on all things colourful, says they’re a whole lot more than that.


Pantone says: ‘As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfill the yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent.

‘Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

Well, who would wish to disagree? We’ve already seen some gorgeous pastels on the fashion show catwalks, and a soothing mix of shades that provide a calming backdrop to our lives simply can’t go wrong.


Pantone advises that Rose Quartz, with its gentle sunset hues, encourages reflection on our surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a sense of space. As both colours are gentle, it’s unlikely that they would ever be overwhelming, so these are shades you can use with confidence around the home.

Serenity and Rose Quartz work well on walls, where they provide a simple background that works well with florals and other patterns, creating a comforting and relaxing living space.

Ideal for bedrooms, these soft colours can be a surprisingly strong statement in the living room and dining room when worked in with plenty of textures – soft woollen throws or rugs with a thick pile, for instance. Wooden blinds or shutters in white would work well to adapt incoming daylight to make the most of the soothing ambience.

bhs_smallSerenity and Rose Quartz are a refreshing change in a kitchen, too, where there’s a wide range of coloured kitchen items and tableware available to provide a sweet place to dine. In our picture, styled by BHS, the hint of pink from the tablecloth creates a warm invitation to sit down and share a meal – and the floral accessories set it off perfectly.


We couldn’t resist sharing with you the Alice in Wonderland teatowel from Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store, available from Amara – it’s not quite the pink and blue we’re talking about, but would work well in any kitchen that majors on them.

amara_smallTranslucent, glazing, matte and metallic shine are key finishes for accessories in all rooms – avoid anything too glaring that might destroy the peaceful overall feel.

You can feel comfortable experimenting with Rose Quartz, Serenity and other shades of pinks and blues – the results will always be charming without being over the top. So relax – 2016 is the year when pastels come into their own.