By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
City & Shore Magazine
Every year leaders in the design and fashion industries wait for Pantone, the hue gurus, to announce the color of the year that will show up in everything from appliances to clothing to home furnishings.
This year for the first time Pantone has declared two colors of the year – Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Pantone press materials say the rose tone and tranquil blue were selected “as an antidote to the stress of modern-day lives, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill the yearning for reassurance and security [that] are becoming more prominent.”
Why break with tradition and select two colors? Leatrice Eiseman sees the two colors as natural design partners. She told The Wall Street Journal that she and other Pantone executives talked about doing a pairing of colors and decided this was the ideal match.
“It makes for a perfect combination in the home,” she says.
Pantone, which tips off manufacturers in advance so they can put the colors in production, suggests the colors for rugs and upholstery. Other good choices include paint and decorative accessories.
“When I first saw the colors I thought they would belong in a baby’s room,” says Ann Morris, a designer with Allied Kitchen & Bath in Oakland Park. Her color credentials include former Benjamin Moore Color Expert and currently a Color for Your Home Expert and Certified True Color Expert.
Morris used a blush similar to Rose Quartz for the “Friendship Circle” (for children with special needs) at Las Olas Chabad Jewish Center in Fort Lauderdale.
“Rose Quartz and Serenity are light and airy and are a good change of pace,” she says. “Pastels are always good in Florida. They are soothing and good around water.”
Morris suggests such colors in kitchen and bath with weathered cabinets. Add a touch of copper or muted brass in faucets, hardware and lighting.
“Pink is a color complementary to skin tone,” she says. “Paint anything pink and it makes your skin look good. It goes great with white.”