The pastel colour trend has been gradually intensifying over the past five years and in 2016, Pantone, finally acknowledged the power of this trend with its two colours of the year, ‘Serenity’ and ‘Rose Quartz’. Although colour trends are fairly quick to evolve, and it’s unwise to invest extensively in them, incorporating trending colours into your home is a great way to refresh your living spaces and make them feel current. This week, we take a look at 5 simple, cost effective ways you can incorporate Pantone’s colours of the year (or any other colour trend for that matter) into you home.
One place pastels are always in vogue is in the garden, and there’s even a plant that incorporates both of the Pantone 2016 colours in one flower. Hydrangeas are known for their confection coloured flowers which can vary between pink and blue depending on the acidity of the soil. Alkaline soils produce pink hues, and acid soils produce blue, but it’s possible to change the colours of the plant (or even create a bush that’s half blue and half pink) by adding your own supplements.
Soft furnishings like pillows, throw and floor rugs, bedding, towels and tablecloths are an ideal way to inject statement colours into many different living areas, without overwhelming the eye. If you’re very passionate about pastel colours, then investing in a single statement piece of furniture like a couch or an armchair can really make a room pop but it’s probably more economical to stick with smaller accent pieces. A word to the wise; decide whether you want to use these colours in a statement piece, or accent your existing furniture with details as doing both will be visually overwhelming.
The great thing about a feature wall is you get all the drama of a statement colour, without having to commit to painting all four walls. Having a statement pink or blue wall is a great way to keep your living space looking fresh, and it’s easy to paint over when you want something new.
Grouping together small objects like vases, pink quartz crystals, baskets, and knick knacks creates a cumulative effect and is a great option if you want to use both colours at once.
If you’re really enthralled by these pastel tones, then a unique way to integrate them into your yard is with a coloured concrete driveway . Coloured concrete is available in every imaginable colour, so if you want to make a permanent pastel colour statement in your yard, this could be the way to go.