You might remember way back when Secret Truro was a wee young thing, we had a fab guest post from Absolute about what it was like to work in a design agency. Since then, Sophie Allsopp has joined Absolute as an interior designer and she gives us her take on the Pantone 2016 colours of the year. Thank you Sophie……
As the new year is now in full swing what a great time it is to start thinking about sprucing up your home. Perhaps it’s a full blown make-over for your whole house, a room or even just a few accessories to brighten up your home space.
As part of the preparation work that goes behind updating your home, whether you’re a lover or hater, research is a key in ensuring your space represents not only your taste but also how the rooms in your house flow into each other. I’m not suggesting that you run out and buy everything from Laura Ashley that looks nice. But the research behind what you’re about to purchase should fit in with your whole interior scheme.
Colour should be on your hit list as No.1. What colour accent is timeless, complements your space and will suit your style?
Pantone’s colours of 2016
Every year Pantone realises a prediction of in-trend colours for the year. Of course, 2016 is no exemption, with Rose Quartz and Serenity being the chosen colours. Who picks the Pantone colours you might ask? Pantone are amongst the biggest brands of colour charts along with Dulux & RAL Charts, so it’s no wonder that when they predict a colour for 2016 it’s not wise just to dismiss it without reasonable thought. Let’s start off with a quote from Creative Director of Instyle Magazine and US Fashion Icon Rina Stone “How do you use colour to impart a mood or emotion? We use unexpected pairings to evoke a level of excitement. The right combination can elevate your mood or cause a beautiful calm.”
How can I ever introduce these colours into my home?
Whilst the blue of Serenity might be the easier colour to use out of the pair, don’t be deceived by the power Quartz Rose possesses. Whilst you might not want to go mad in your home, there certainly isn’t any harm in adding subtle hints of femininity into your home, whether it’s through fresh peonies or even a jewellery box, it can be achieved easily, particularly in your boudoir!
Colour can be achieved in your interiors through accessories, so why not add serenity to your artwork? Why not go for an abstract print rather than a nautical scene. A carefully chosen piece that reflects you and your home is often much more effective than a traditional beach scene.
Warning! Please be selective with your artwork, whilst it is personal, often it can be expensive and it’s easy to fall into cliché
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to incorporate Serenity into your home, take a peak into our Oceangate project (above & below) which incorporates everything you’d expect from a coastal property, but with an oriental twist. The use of Kelly Hoppen accessories really complements the colour scheme, whilst the use of gold creates a luxurious touch. Bold wallpapers have been used throughout the property to create focal points within each room. Natural elements have been incorporated with the use of wooden textures in the flooring and natural elements within the lighting. The perfect environment in which to kick back and relax!
If you need help sourcing the finishing touches we’d be happy to help.
Interior Designer for Absolute
Blue/Pink photo from Design Milk https://www.flickr.com/photos/designmilk/23252479940/in/photostream/
Peonies from WikiCommons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Andrey_Korzun
Interiors (Oceangate) from Anthony Greenwood http://anthony-greenwood.com