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How to use 2016’s ‘colours of the year’ in your conservatory

Spring is a popular time for home makeovers. It’s also when many of us return to using our conservatories on a regular basis. If your conservatory needs a new look, why not try this year’s biggest colour trend? According to Pantone, the two key colours of 2016 will be ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’. In this article, we’ll take a look at some different ways to use these hues within your space.

The staff at Pantone state: “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.

What are ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’?

Before we dive into décor tips, let’s look at the two colours themselves. As the name suggests, ‘Rose Quartz’ is a dusky, pale pink. ‘Serenity’ is a pale blue. Both are very soft tones and many associate them with feelings of peace and calm. Both colours are perfect for a relaxing space, such as your conservatory. They look beautiful when combined but each also works well on its own. Whether you’re looking to redecorate or accessorise, we’ve got tips to suit every budget…

Tip 1: get painting

One option is to paint your conservatory walls in one of these key colours. If your walls are mostly glass, create a feature by painting the wall which joins your house. Alternatively, paint just the skirting boards in either Rose Quartz or Serenity. Another option is to choose a neutral tone for the walls, such as light grey. You can then use one of these two colours, as an accent. This could include painting your doorframes, or even creating a motif on top of your neutral colour. For some top tips on painting your conservatory, click here.

Tip 2: revamp your textiles

If you have a larger budget to work with, you might want to consider buying some furniture in these colours. Sofas or armchairs would work especially well. Alternatively, reupholster existing pieces with new, on-trend fabrics. If you have wooden furniture, you could paint some pieces in a key colour. Both Rose Quartz and Serenity would be perfect for a distressed, ‘shabby chic’ look. You may also want to choose some curtains or blinds to suit your new style. These could either be a block colour, or a neutral tone, with a pattern in pink or blue.

Tip 3: accessorise

If you don’t have the budget for large-scale changes, don’t worry. You can feature these two key colours through your accessories. Try layering throws or cushions in dusky pink or pale blue shades. As you’re working with smaller items, don’t be afraid to mix the two colours together. You could also use a vase of flowers in coordinating colours or feature pink and blue artwork on the walls. If you’d like to keep your existing artwork in place, try mounting them in new frames. Take your time and get creative. It might also be helpful to do some research to see how others have used Rose Quartz and Serenity in their homes. Even something as simple as a new lampshade or rug, could completely transform your space.

[Photo by Myriams-Fotos]