Decorating with Pantone’s 2016 Colors (Serenity + Rose Quartz)

pantone serenity and rose quartzWith the start of March, we’ve had two months to decide whether we like Pantone’s choice of two colors for 2016. Serenity is a soft powder blue, and Rose Quartz is an equally soft salmony pink. There’s been a lot of “no ways” around the Internet on these two. If paired together in home decor, they tend to look like a baby’s room. They also seem to look great (and soon to be overdone) with weddings.

How best to use them? If together, in small doses to complement each other. If you’re using mostly blue, then use pink in a small shot of color in a pillow or vice versa. I think they work best separately, with neutrals much darker or lighter to set them off and lessen the over-sweet look they can take on. Try stark whites, dark grays, charcoal, and black. You’ll see a lot of examples of that on my Pinterest board.

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Using Negative (or White) Space in Home Decor Design

In college while studying graphic design, one of the first things I learned was how to use the negative parts of a page (also referred to as white space) to draw attention to the content, be it photos or text. This is the “air” around the elements on a page. The same principle can be […]

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How to Design Your Bookcase

A bookcase in your home decor is more than a place to display books. It can add warmth to bare walls, house your collections or serve as a room divider in open spaces. But what if you don’t have enough books to fill it, or want to make more of a design statement with your […]

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