Next up in our series of updates on the latest interior design trends for 2016 is a colour trend—the Pantone colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Joining us for this update is NDA’s Ann Hoare, who is a tutor on the Diploma in Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings. Find out more from Ann about the colour trends for 2016, and some insightful ideas of how you can decorate your home with these trendy tones…
Ann Hoare introduces Rose Quartz and Serenity
At first I dismissed the new Pantone colours of Rose Quartz and Serenity for 2016 as pale and uninteresting. However, when I started to look at the colours in terms of curtains, soft furnishings and upholstery I started to see how versatile the colours could be, surprisingly I particularly liked Rose Quartz, a rather muted blush colour. Both colours seem to have the ability to work with a number of colour combinations and go particularly well with black and white. Below, even lime green and dark coral have been included in the scheme. They also look fantastic with metallics such as copper:
Traditional and Contemporary
It appears that keeping curtain treatments in these colours simple and tailored seems to be the key to making them work for both traditional and contemporary room settings. Anything too flamboyant such as added valances and swags and tails would look too fussy but feel you could get away with a tailored hard padded pelmet together with full length curtains.
The owner of this traditional room pictured below has used slim poles to hang these elegant long triple pleat headed curtains giving the room a modern up to the minute feel. The simple holdbacks enhance the design and allow maximum daylight to flood the room.
Another simple but stylish curtain treatment this time using eyelets, the curtains have been constructed to just kick on the floor enhancing this sophisticated, minimal room setting and the Rose Quartz accessories link whole the scheme together.
Experiment with new colours
If you do not want to go the whole hog with new drapes, upholstery and wall finishes why not try adding a few scatter cushions, there will be lots about to buy in both of the colours or perhaps have an odd chair reupholstered or add a painted flea market or auction house find. This way you can experiment and experience these new colours without too much expense or going out of your comfort zone, anyone can have a go at making a simple cushion cover or painting a small piece of furniture. They look great with greys, creams and whites so even if neutrals are more your taste there is still no excuse for not giving them a try. Below, an old chest of drawers have given a lick of Serenity blue, coordinating well with the simple blue linen cushion on the chair and grey walls.
A more sophisticated interpretation this time, an unusual chair has been given the pink treatment, certainly makes a statement in this room:
Fabric companies such as Romo, are including these colours in their new designs for curtain and upholstery fabrics (featured below the Cubis collection).
Architectural Digest shows how it is done when it comes to designing a whole room around one of these colours. As we have seen in previous images, the drapes have been kept simple and elegant and rather than having the curtains in blue which may have been too much they have just edged the cream fabric with a decorative blue border to link in with the rest of the scheme. The large artwork on the back wall is a fantastic addition to this room and also echoes Serenity and Rose Quartz.
Another classy design from Architectural Digest this time Rose Quartz has been used for the walls and the curtains. A chic, full length window treatment has been used for the French doors with the curtains just skimming the floor. The fabric has been gathered using a narrow pencil pleat tape set down from the top, allowing the fabric to form a ruffle along the top edge of the dark wooden pole that works perfectly with the dark wooden floor.
In comparison, this image from Living Etc, shows a more flamboyant approach:
These Pantone colours of 2016 can be effectively be used for curtains, soft furnishings and upholstery for a full room setting or as added elements to update an existing room scheme.
I hope, like me, you will find them more interesting than you thought and will give them a go!
So to round up thus far, we’ve had a resurgence of the 1970s style, interiors and décor inspired by the iconic Delft Blue and this years Pantone trends; Rose Quartz and Serenity. Quite a variety of trends that are going to take interior design in new directions in 2016. Which one is your favourite? We’d love to hear more about how you are utilising these trends in the comments below.
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