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By Roelf Nel

Pantone has chosen two colours for 2016. Rose Quartz and Serenity – these are a blushing pink with peach undertones, and a peaceful blue that borders slightly on periwinkle. After last year’s bold colour of Marsala, these pastels may have you wondering if you really want to decorate a pad for Barbie and Kent.

These soft hues create an environment of peace and tranquillity, something we all need in this fast paced life.  Here are some ideas you can embrace in adding Rose Quartz and Serenity into your home:

  1. Rose Quartz has the feminine feel for creating a beautiful nursery on the arrival of your princess. Offset this soft hue with soft grey walls and blinds and contrasting borders.  Scatter Rose Quartz accessories in your room.  For your boy, switch the Rose Quartz with Serenity Blue which is not quite the same baby blue everyone goes for. Hopefully, the serenity of the blue will help your baby sleep through the night.
  2. Rose Quartz and Serenity are soft shades creating a sense of calm and rejuvenation. These hues are great in your master bedroom, kitchen or even in the family room. These colours work well as an accent to shades of brown, tan grey, soft whites, and other neutrals.
  3. Introducing these colours into your living room by having a Serenity coloured sofa and Rose Quartz armchairs lined with scatter cushions. White walls provide the contrasting background. For a bolder look, you can add in a corner chair with a darker shade of Serenity Blue, and have an eye-catching art piece with a contrasting colour.
  4. Maybe you have a vintage chair that needs some upholstery. Rejuvenate your chair with Rose Quartz coloured fabric and add it with a contrasting dark teal sofa carefully placed on a white shag rug.
  5. In your kitchen, have a Serenity backsplash with contrasting white kitchen cabinets and silver appliances. For a kitchen with open shelves, a Rose Quartz plastered background wall will give your kitchen a rustic Mediterranean look.
  6. Introduce tranquillity into your workspace by adding a Rose Quartz office chair with a Serenity accent wall. In colour psychology pink is considered a warm colour that signifies hope. And studies have even found that being exposed to pink can have a calming effect on us. Creating a space that is fresh and calming could make you feel more productive and less stressed.
  7. For the bedroom when combining a darker colour like grey with rose quartz creates a stronger, more sophisticated look. This makes a great combination for bedding, it makes for a stylish, slightly moody bedroom that still exudes warmth.

Visit our Pinterest Board and discover how you can add Rose Quartz and Serenity into your home design.

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Designing with Rose Quartz and Serenity