Easy Ways to Fully Utilize Pantone's 2016 Color(s) of the Year for Home Design

Easy Ways to Fully Utilize Pantone's 2016 Color(s) of the Year for Home Design

Have you ever imagined a time when colors would no longer have any gender association, and that any color can suit both male and female? Gone are the times where we would associate pink to women and blue to men, and color institute Pantone is leading the pack with its unconventional choice for its color of the year for 2016.

For the first time since its induction in 1999, Pantone chose not just one, but two colors for its annual “Color of the Year”. The two colors, which closely resembles pale pink (for rose quartz) and baby blue (serenity), were selected as a statement in promoting gender neutrality, which is very timely in light of promoting LGBT rights across the globe and on breaking gender stereotypes.

“This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity,” said in Pantone’s statement.

“Today's genderless styling is definitely a more modern approach than we've seen in the past, and it's not necessarily trying to make a man look like a woman or a woman look like a man. It's about creating a canvas," Pantone vice president Laure Pressman said.

After all, both genders are open in exploring color options and not be limited to colors normally associated with each gender. Never mind if both rose quartz and serenity would remind you of nurseries. It’s 2015, and both men and women are more open in exploring color options, evident from their fashion choices, down to designing their own rooms. “Interior design tends to be more gender-neutral now,” said interior designer Aislinn Kee.

When it comes to designing homes, the use of both Serenity and Rose Quartz is both beautiful and appealing, as said by industrial designer Joseph Rastrullo. “These colors go well, and you can easily play with it. [They are] actually good accents [for a room],” he said.

Explaining on how one can go around with the two colors, Rastrullo noted that one does not necessarily need to paint a room with the two colors. Instead, a designer would make use of a room’s detail, such as pillows, stools, or even artwork, in incorporating Rose Quartz and Serenity colors. That way, one gets to make good use of Pantone’s color choices for 2016, and create a room that has a perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

An example on how Serenity and Rose Quartz can be used as accent colors in a room. [Photo from OurHomes.Ca]

“It shouldn’t be too sexy, it shouldn’t be too strong. That is why everything is becoming more neutral for both sexes,” Rastrullo adds.

It's all up to one's imagination and creativity on how they can utilize Pantone's Color(s) of the year at their homes. With genderless styling being in nowadays, we definitely look forward at how these two soft colors will grace the houses of everyone for 2016.

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