Late in 2015, Pantone announced not one but two colours for the year ahead: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. According to the highly regarded coatings company, these colours are chosen to reflect the zeitgeist of today – a time when gender equality and identity is becoming more fluid. HL‘s Creative Director Katherine Botes offers up inspiration for how Rose Quartz can be incorporated into your decor in a mood board below, but first we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the reasoning behind Pantone’s choice of the 2016 colours of the year.
‘In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design,’ the company writes. It goes on to explain that these chosen colours combine to symbolise our ‘increased comfort with using colour as a form of expression.’ In other words, traditional views on how colour should be used (or ‘blue is for boys and pink is for girls’ thinking) are no longer applicable.
As Pantone puts it, these colours of the year represent ‘a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to colour usage’.
From soft pink fabric on a sofa to pink crockery, table settings, linen, wallpaper and even a smart men’s summer suit, there’s a myriad of ways to include Rose Quartz into your home with style: