Why decorate using the 2016 PANTONE® colors of the year?

Embrace the opportunity to redecorate and breathe a bit of fresh air into your space with this year's PANTONE Color of the Year.

Pantone LLC is the world-renowned voice of all things color, and it’s about time we start listening to them. Each December, they announce the PANTONE Color of the Year to represent the cultural mood. This year’s two-color announcement – a first in the program’s history – connects with the global response to crisis and uncertainty with colors meant to promote calm and relaxation.

So, why not embrace the opportunity to redecorate and breathe a bit of fresh air into your space?

Strike a balance between order and chaos.

From managing a 40-plus hour work-week to moonlighting as a chauffeur for the kids, life can be hectic. Color can help you create a sense of much needed order at home. Described by Pantone as “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” Rose Quartz can bring structure to an otherwise hectic lifestyle. Try using this color in the living room with throw pillows, lampshades, throw blankets or vases. Replacing these sometimes-mismatched accessories and textiles with a common color theme will help you strike balance in design.

Promote relaxation and calm.

What’s more calming than a beautiful, blue sky? Serenity, a pale blue, takes a cue from Mother Nature to evoke feelings of relaxation. Perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms, Serenity can take these retreats to a whole new level. Or decorate with the sky itself by adding skylights that provide a heavenly view. Sunlight and fresh air will complement the relaxing atmosphere that you create with light blues.

Mix and match palettes for unique pops of color.

If pastels aren’t your thing, it’s no worry. Find bolder hues on the Pantone color pairing chart, which includes emerald green, cool gray and earthy tan, among others. Whatever you choose, help your colors appear true by bathing them in natural, balanced light from above from skylights.

Bring longevity to your design.

This year’s Pantone colors are soft and subtle, making them the perfect choice for the decorator who is looking for longevity in their design. Incorporate them boldly by repainting walls and replacing pieces of art or go with the understated look of new accent pillows and area rugs. Either way, you are sure to be at peace with your new décor.

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