How To Use Pantone Color Of The Year

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It’s the start of a new year, so let’s talk Pantone Color Of The Year. I want to take this post to show how “last year’s trend” (cough, Marsala on the right) can still be related. And the million dollar questions; can our home decor stand the test of time?

Can we follow trends while keeping it fresh? Remember how it used to be trendy to wear (obviously, not all of them at once) rice necklace, slap bracelet, turtleneck, brown lipstick? So here we go…

First, you need to know what is “Pantone”. I’m sorry if you already know but please bear with me for one second. A quick search on Google says “a system for matching colors, used in specifying printing inks”. Every year, Pantone announced their “Color of the Year” and the world went crazy . They even offers color pairings, see here for 2016.

Some people say following trends is bad; it’s overused thus annoying, they come and go (a sure way to look dated when it passed). I hate (whoa, strong word) to follow trends, given the chance I rather be the trendsetter (I don’t know why I always choose to do the more difficult things) but hey! I say take these trends in and give it your own spin!

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I don’t want to show someone’s home and label it “dated”, these two images are actually from curtains and bedding catalogs (and there is nothing wrong with the left picture as a CATALOG image).

Let’s start with Marsala (last year’s color) which is a red-brown burgundy color (think red wine). It’s a strong color that you want to be careful about using too much of it. Why? Because less is more but more is MORE. Let’s ignore the fact that the curtains and cushions are in the exact same color and pattern, even if they’re not, using both in Marsala color can look dated when the trend wears off (er, hello 2016!).

If Marsala is the kind of color that you’re drawn into, use it sparingly like right image, adding an additional throw in Marsala shade cleverly contrast the subtle colors used for the rest of the bed (and room). It makes the blue calmer, the burgundy sharper. Red and blue contrast and balances each other very well. In fact, the decorating style “Americana” is based on red, blue and white. You might hear the word “contrast” a lot here because I am a firm believer of contrasting. I never get beige-on-beige-on-beige or white-on-white-on-white (boring!). I mean I get it but I will never want to do it.

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Using Marsala on a vintage Persian rug never hurts. Now before you go out and buy one rug or cushion cover in Marsala color, you must know that this one works because the burgundy color is also reflected on the art behind the sofa which helps pull the room together. Neutral and calm colors like black and white, wood and woven chairs make Marsala color the focal point, it’s like a musical with Marsala as the lead and a bunch of very good supporting roles. Interior styling is a lot of little things like these coming together to create a beautiful, well-balanced picture. Now this is a stylish home!

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Using Marsala for Modern Glam (left) and Industrial (right) style. Choice of brass and copper keeps the design fresh.

See all 12 styles for your home here.

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Meet Pantone Color of the Year 2016; Rose Quartz (right) & Serenity (left). Serenity in the form of a Smeg fridge? Yes, please. Rose Quartz as an armchair? Perfection. I can see this chair working in my home office already. These two are perfect examples of “never going out of style”. Notice the color palette?

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Both colors on the walls of the living area and bedroom respectively. If you tend to get sick of the same thing and repainting your walls is not an option, stick to using these “trendy” colors for pillow covers, blankets and throws, generally stuff that you can change them out easily (meaning using them as accents). Use neutrals like whites, grey and earthy tones as base colors. Keep it consistent by repeating the colors, see how the use of copper is echoing Rose Quartz even though they are not the SAME color but they gives off the same pink hue. This is the easiest way to have your space feel designed instead of “I just throw everything in there”.

See Bedroom Makeover at DWELL IN STYLE using Rose Quartz & Serenity.

While I was searching for images for this post, I saw a ton of wedding inspiration based on Pantone Color of the Year, I can see how Marsala, Rose Quartz & Serenity are wonderful color choices. If you are not sure about using them in your home, there’s still a good chance you can use them in other areas. Have fun decorating!

Interested to read more – 10 Home Trends To Try In 2016 // 7 Easy Ways To Use Spring Colors

Image Sources: Feature Image Rose Quartz & Serenity and Marsala // Marsala (Left) // Marsala (Right) // Marsala Persian Rug // Marsala Modern Glam // Marsala Industrial // Serenity Kitchen // Rose Quartz Armchair // LivingBedroom

All words by me. This is a non-sponsored post.

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