Pantone surprised everyone with their color(s) of the year announcement

Well the color gurus certainly caught the interior design world off-guard with their choice of not one, but two, very pastel colors for the upcoming year.  And after designers were anticipating a bold and vibrant blue in the indigo or cobalt range.

Pantone announced that Rose Quartz and Serenity represent the current mood and feel of the world. According to Executive Director Leatrice Eisenman "Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between the warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of peace."   This is an important school of thought for hospitality designers and others designing public spaces.

 At first glance these two colors appear to be soft and feminine and even somewhat juvenile.  But they will pair well with many of today's other popular colors including tones of gray, sage, gold and brown.  The resurgence of brass and rose gold metal, along with the current popularity of mixed metals in furniture and hardware will create a nice complement to these pastel colors.

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We often express how inspired Martin is by nature when it comes to designing our custom hardware collections.  And you may be surprised at how often you notice one of both of these colors in your surroundings whether it comes in the form of a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the mix of colors found at the beach or in a batch of wildflowers as seen in the photo above.

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