Interior Inspiration - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone shocked the interior world in the latter part of last year with their announcement of their Colour of the Year 2016 with not one but two colours. Rose Quartz, a ‘warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue’, of Serenity.

Described by Leatrice Eisenmen, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute, the choice of these two colours mirrors the ‘inherent balance’ of Rose Quartz and Serenity, and is reflective of a ‘...connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.’ 

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

In turn, the combination of the two, challenges traditional perceptions of colour association. Thus, reflects the changing understanding of gender and the ‘gender blur’ we are currently are experiencing as it related to fashion which had subsequently had huge impact on the other areas of design.

At Industville, we have been extremely inspired by both colours, and think that they will work especially well as part of a wider interior scheme. Although initial reaction maybe to dismiss these colours as immature, both shades appear to have taken on a more grown up a refined feel in 2016 especially when used in conjunction with each other. With both bring a much needed sense of softness, calm and relaxation into a space. 


As suggested by Pantone, both Rose Quartz and Serenity are extremely versatile and can be used in any number of different finishes and materials. As they describe:

 ‘Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.’



Here at Industville, we think they are the perfect mix with metallics. The most obvious would be Copper, an enduring favourite from last year but in a new context. Copper can be used skilfully as a way of bring a hint of the calming, warmth of Rose Quartz into a room. Additionally the unlikely combination of pinks and blues with the golden burnished tones of Brass appears to be a new and interesting trend emerging in 2016. With Brass seemingly becoming the new must have metallic to have in your home this year. Finally as Pantone themselves suggest, the addition of grey or silver tones too works extremely well with both colours, and can add dimension to an interior. Our very own Dark Pewter finish we think is the perfect way of bring a little industrial edge and earthy contrast into a room.

As you can see, we have been manically pinning our ideas on our Industville Pinterest Board. We find this to be the perfect place to collect and articulate our inspirations and help you to see how you can incorporate, what will inevitably be one of this year’s most enduring interior design trends into your home.

Other great places to find inspiration...

Make sure to take a look at our Industville Projects page, filled to the brim with an diverse range of commercial and domestic projects featuring Industville products! It's the perfect place to go and find inspiration and ideas for your own projects! 

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