Pantone is responsible for designating Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue as colors for 2016.
And here is Elle Decor’s representation of these two colors.
As we go through these colors remember that 1) Although some experts pick one color, (Pantone
usually does pick one but this year two) many of these experts pick an entire palette
and entire palette for each season. That’s a lot of color. 2) That color favorites are always fading in and out, it’s not something we have to do today or tomorrow. 3) What is so fascinating about color is that there are a million different beautiful colors and how we can fuse them into our lives is equally fascinating.
Exclusive dining rooms are here to stay. I say if you have the space go ahead. But space has been at a premium so I have opted for dining rooms that can be created as needed. There is lot to be said for having such grand rooms ready for grand occasions.
Tech-less has been long recommended for the bedroom, but here it is for your living spaces. And it is a very good thought. Living is for conversation, interaction between, friends, family and strangers. Give it a try for an evening.
I’m sure this has always been good, but if we want to define over-sized art as a trend for 2016, let’s do it. Anything to promote art. Big and Wonderful Art. You can put any style art you want with your dining table. The important thing is that you love it.
Beds are comfy and they work well with tablets and smart phones for communicating, but serious work requires a serious desk. Desks come in all sizes the same as chairs so whatever niche you need to fill we can find a combination that works. You can, we can as long as what you need gets done.
Have you heard of gliver? A silver/gold combination. Fun to say? Want to be leader of the pack? I’d say you’d better get going. This is one of the few trends I found included by many of the design experts. Mixed metals, new metals, using metals as sculpture. All very exciting. Do you love working with neutrals and textures? Adding mixed metals would be a fab way to create an glam room.
Stainless Steel Appliances have been around for quite some time. We love it but it’s difficult to keep spotless and therefore pretty and therefore a bit annoying. What about black stainless steel? It’s out and about now. Samsung has it and so does Kitchen Aid. Reading the reviews people are saying that black shows fingerprints and smudges the same as stainless. So what’s a body to do? It’s an option. It’s a change. It’s something new.
The what’s new for 2016 comments have been plentiful and excellent. No matter the source they have been inspirational, motivational and beautiful. Does it get any better than that? Nope. Our grateful hearts say thank you and we applaud you with a hats off: Elle Decor, House Beautiful, ProSource, Pantone, Freshome, Allure, Decorist and Domino.
The glass chandelier, the mirrored ceiling, the ruched window treatment, the black matte wall, the grid paneled wainscot. All of this very strong pattern/texture works because there is no color fighting for the upper hand. If you were to work with two soft complimentary colors or one monochromatic theme it might work just as well. But color adds a complication (and energy) that neutrals don’t have. Which is why you can over the top with pattern and variety.
The Short List was posted December 14, 2015.
Here are more reasons why neutrals are FANTASTIC.
4. Easily switch color theme
5. Allows for many patterns
6. Texture is exciting, faux fur – real fur, glittering glass, reflective metals, fuzzy pillows
The yellow in this gorgeous living room can be easily changed to whatever else you love. The art and fireplace are the focal point – so I would start there. No one has enough art in their home – so this is a great place to start your seasonal change. Add two new pillows and bingo presto you are done!
Another great demonstration of variety in texture. This kitchen is finished with neutrals. There are no primary colors, blue – red – yellow – green. The brick wall could be called red, but it is so muted, so variated – you would be hard pressed to call it a clear or plain red.
Notice the grand display of glitter in the chandeliers, the buff exhaust hood, the shiny stainless fridge, the nubby seating, the distressed butler’s tray, the rough brick, all together fabulous don’t you think?