January, 2016

Designers Guild

Pantone 2016 'Color of the Year', Rose Quartz and Serenity

For those not familiar with the Pantone ‘Color of the Year’, each year this body, which is the world’s leading authority on colour, chooses a colour which represents, “A color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture, that serves as an expression of a mood or an attitude”. The colour has significant influences on design in fashion, interiors, packaging and so on.
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Rose Quartz is described as a, “persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”. Whilst Serenity is seen as, “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times”. As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colours that fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. The tenderness and accessibility of the pink, combined with the sense of wellness of the blue, reflect connection, as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. 
Interestingly, lovers of Farrow & Ball, (and most of my clients are), may recall that their 2015 colours included ‘Light Blue’ and ‘Pink Ground’, and they described the use of colours, “that help turn our homes into spaces that offer escapism from our increasingly nomadic working lives, where smart devices keep us connected wherever we are…. they help to create spaces that live and breathe as we look to our homes as places of sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living.”
Moving beyond the soft pink and powder blue, I see a broader range of pastel colours influencing what we wear and what surrounds us across the year, but for today's blog I am just focussing on Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Light Blue
Pink Ground
Now, in the real world, no one overhauls their home simply to follow what an institute prescribes as fashionable, but if you are looking to update a room,  have moved into a new property, or the idea of a more calming environment appeals to you, let’s look at some simple ways to bring these elements in.
Remember, you aren't looking for an identical colour match, but one which conveys the same feelings of warmth and serenity, and which works with your lighting conditions, space and your individual sense of style. 
Both the pinks and the blues are incredibly versatile and work well with key contemporary colours, meaning that you can work them into an existing colour scheme very easily. If you are worried about creating a sugary pink look, pair pink with sophisticated dark colours like deep brown, aubergine and even black. If you want something more understated, the pinks work well with a 'greige' scheme. The blues can also be paired with dark chocolate browns for a warm and dramatic look. Both Rose Quartz and Serenity sit beautifully alongside numerous shades of grey, which is consistently popular with my clients; softening it, warming it and making a grey interior appear more serene and inviting. Indigo, which remains a key colour, particularly found in ethnic prints, works equally well with either the blues or the pinks. 

Finding the right  colours in paints and fabrics

There are many good colour matches available. Here I have looked at the palettes of Farrow & Ball and Designers Guild, and selected 6 possible colours which correspond to Pink Quartz and Serenity.
My favourite fabric designers, Sarah Hardaker, Flohr & Co and Kate Forman, have already been working in soft pink and powder blue. It's a quintessentially English look; think antique faded linens.
Designers Guild's new Spring/Summer collections are heavily influenced by the pastel trend, especially their 'Marquisette' and 'Cassano' fabric ranges.  

Working with wallpaper

Designers Guild again lead the way with their new Marquisette wallpaper collection, featuring soft and muted colours, dream-like skies and exquisitely serene graduated tones. See also Laura Felicity Designs for bespoke wallpaper creations in delicate shades of blue, pink and plum.


If you already have your interior decor in place, adding a few accessories is the quickest and most economical way to update your overall look. There are already many delectable pale blue and pink accessories around - cushions, throws, rugs, bed linen - from the higher-end brands, but expect to see more across the year from the likes of John Lewis and Laura Ashley, as the trend filters down to the high-street.
For more inspiration, click here to be taken to my ever expanding Pastel Colour Board on Pinterest
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