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Color of the Year

For the first time EVER Pantone has chosen two colors as the “2016 Color of the Year”—-Rose Quartz and Serenity! As you can tell, we’re pretty stoked about the rad color pairing. Given the palette’s typical nursery-like nature, we’ve put together 5 sophisticated ways you can incorporate the soft color scheme into your home.

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1. With Seating

Make seating the spotlight by opting for pastel hues. Whether it’s a blush pink sofa or a baby blue recliner, Rose Quartz and Serendipity are certain to bring peace and relaxation to any space.

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2. With Linen

Make your bedroom a safe haven with a soothing color scheme. Dreamy pillows and whimsical sheets create the ideal environment for a little R & R.

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3. With Paint

Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is all you need to bring life back into a space. Whether you decide on Serendipity walls and Rose Quartz accents or vice versa, this palette is certain to brighten up any room.

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4. With Accessories

Possibly one of the easiest (and least permanent!) ways to incorporate this marvelous pairing is through accessories. For a metallic play on Rose Quartz, try an oversize rose gold light fixture.

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5. With Wall Art

Wall decor provides the unique opportunity to express your personality in a space. Plus! It’s a great conversation piece.

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Happy Friday!



By now you’ve probably seen the announcement that Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year is actually two colors: Serenity (an icy calm blue) and Rose Quartz (an equally pale blush pink). As a color lover, I’m definitely a fan of both but I’m especially excited about Serenity as it’s one of my favorite colors in fashion and interiors.

Serenity has a lavender cast to it which some people might be nervous about. But there’s nothing babyish about this blue. Think bright summer hydrangeas, shutters in the south of France! It’s surprisingly versatile as it can be paired with plenty other colors to create different moods and is as much at home in the kitchen as it is in a nursery. It’s calming with other neutrals like white or beige. But it can also skew punchy and bold with orange or hot pink. (My personal favorite is with a cherry tomato red)

My current Serenity obsession is the Anthropologie Kettleby sofa in linen. I’ve had a long love affair with it ever since I first laid eyes on it in a local store. I’m itching to design an entire room around it – but if you’re nervous about committing to colorful furniture, you could always test it out in other forms (sconce // pillow (VELVET!!!) // desk // lamp).


It’s not just upholstery I’m obsessed with in this color. A quick perusal of my favorites on Pinterest revealed that I apparently have a thing for Serenity blue doors (like the one below from here).


An all-Serenity blue kitchen (below) feels chic and sophisticated with brass fixtures and natural wood floors laid in a herringbone pattern.


It’s also a natural pick for a bathroom like the one below completely saturated in color from ceiling to floor (via Lonny). Oh so chic with a Scandinavian vibe.


Or perhaps go little more playful with stripes of tile mix-and-matched with a floral wallpaper.


But my absolute favorite bathroom right now is Emily Henderson’s bathroom renovation. That scalloped tile is divine and feels upscale yet still whimsical. I don’t know that I’d ever want to leave that shower. It’s periwinkle perfection.


Finally, think about bringing color into your space in an unexpected way by painting your ceiling like this master bedroom from BHG below. Find inspiration in the traditional Southern front porch with a painted blue ceiling – it’s reputed to be a “harbinger of good luck” according to Sherwin Williams’ history of porch ceilings.


Here’s to a happy new year full of color and cheer – will you be trying out Serenity blue?

As you may know, Pantone will be announcing its color of the year for 2014 within the next couple of weeks. Even though it won’t make a huge difference in how I plan to decorate my own space, I’m always intrigued by the color choice. I also find it fun to watch the trends in design, food, and fashion throughout the year.

When the 2014 color is announced, Emerald, the color of 2013, will quickly lose its place in the spotlight. However, before it bids us adieu, I thought I’d take one final trip to “Emerald City” to see what wonders this color brought us this year.

While Emerald has never been a go-to color for me, I’ve come to appreciate it. I’ve even incorporated it in my own home. Nothing big or grand, but little touches here and there. I do applaud the folks who created this amazing gallery wall of green frames and black and white photographs. It’s stunning!

So, as one last nod to Emerald, I pulled together some of my favorite pieces to share with you today. Whether you go bold with a sofa or just bring in a small accessory, give Emerald a try in your space. As they say, you never know if you love something until you try it.

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Have you already incorporated Emerald into your home? Any guesses (or hopes) about what the color of 2014 will be?

Happy Decorating,
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

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