2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

(Belated) Happy New Year, everyone!  It’s been two weeks into the new year and we hope that you are having a fantastic 2016 so far!

With so many exciting new developments within our stores, 2016 is dubbed as the year of “change”.  Through innovation and continuous improvement, this year we are going to have a lot of new and exciting ventures to look forward to.

Speaking of “change” and “exciting” things, in regards to design, the new year calls for a fresh new hue by the world’s color authority, Pantone.   Last year we were introduced to the color Marsala.  This year, for the first time in history, Pantone announced not just one, but two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Yep, twins!

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Rose Quartz and Serenity are shades of light pink and light blue.  A unisex palette, the colors were selected as a response to our societal movement towards gender equality.  Pantone explained that selecting two colors challenged traditional perceptions about color association.  The colors offer a touch of sophistication and relaxation.

“Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” – Leatrice Eisemen Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.

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In home decor they make great accent colors in dark or light colored rooms.  They can also bring a rustic farmhouse look when paired with gray.  If you’re feeling beachy, rose quartz and serenity can create a soft feeling of sunset on the beach.  I’ve seen them, and pink sunsets are one of the most beautiful works of nature.  

The colors are unassuming and as a pair brings an essence of inner peace and tranquility –  vital factors in creating your home sweet home.

What do you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity?

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Pantone Color of 2015 – Marsala

Happy New Year everyone!

Our very first blog post of the year at Red Knot is the introduction of Pantone’s Color of 2015 — Marsala.

The hue is named after the Italian fortified dessert wine Marsala. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute expressed that the warm brown and red undertone “gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence”.

This versatile color exudes sensuality, yet it is nurturing; will make a bold statement, yet it is still sophisticated. Marsala is also appealing to both men and women. In fashion, it’s open to experimentation from apparel, shoes, accessories, to beauty palettes. In home design, it can give any space the feeling of warmth and comfort, but depending on its surroundings, it still has the ability to transform an atmosphere into modern, transitional, vintage, and even playful!

We created an inspiration board to get you in the mood and take a sip of the biggest color trend of the year!

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Here are some ideas to incorporate the color Marsala into your home.

*Eisemen also stated that Marsala is “nurturing and fulfilling”, therefore it is a “natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home.”  Time to update those placemats, tableware, candles…

*It can also be a great color choice of paint in the bathroom, creating an elegant contrast between Marsala walls and that white sink and toilet seat.

*In the bedroom, Marsala can create a comforting and relaxing atmosphere by combining it with deep reds and browns.

*Even a small space could feel warm and cozy when Marsala is coordinated with other warm hues, such as reds, yellows, oranges and true browns.

*For a pop of color, think Marsala and turquoise! A turquoise sofa and accent chair with Marsala pillows (or vice versa), complete it with an accent rug in Marsala, teal, or yellow.

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What do you think?  Love it?  We do!