Interior Design: Rose Quartz for 2016

In every lifestyle sector, from fashion to interior design and furnishing, colours, in their infinite tones, blaze a creative trail that draws everyone into its wake and opens up an array of different avenues of design potential.

Every year the American colour specialists Pantone use their knowledge of the latest trends to elect a specific colour of the year, and their latest report sends out a clear message: the warm, embracing tone of Marsala, identified as the must-have colour of 2015 and perfectly in step with the current 70s revival, has now had its day in the sun, and will make way for the more placid Rose Quartz in 2016.

On the one hand, the analysts' choice pays homage to the beauty of natural resources, but on the other, Rose Quartz boasts a string of innate peculiarities, not least its status as the ultimate calming colour. It takes the romanticism of pastels and the rebalancing properties of quartz, and then adds a carefree feel to everything it touches. Designers can use it effectively to elicit a sense of reflection, while at the same capturing the essence of playful escape.

So invasive visual stimuli will give way to a gentler tone in 2016, which is symptomatic of our shared need for a return to peace and positive thinking. "Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," explains Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."

Pantone also identifies Peach Echo and Lilac Gray as essential colours in next year's palette, alongside the top-ranked tone. The lifestyle sector will also be tending towards the other, evocatively named colours on the list: Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Fiesta, Iced Coffee and Green Flash.

With an increasingly rule-free approach to colour, and the progressive fusion of different creative segments subject to the ebb and flow of fashion, the infamous "colour of the year" becomes an important tool in the hands of designers and specifiers. Contrary to popular belief, its versatility gets explored in full, resulting in the wide-ranging use of all its facets, from the most obvious to the most unexpected.

For example, the know-how of Erik Jorgensen and the architect Anne Boysen has spawned the Toward sofa, which fuses the concept of a bed, sofa bed and armchair in an ingeniously playful, ton-sur-ton piece that takes account of current colour preferences, while also focusing on craftsmanship. And it's rose quartz that gives the fabric of Toward its sheen, which is then complemented by the solid brass or aluminium feet. Kartell has upheld its iconic status by calling upon Eugeni Quitllet to design a precious collection of vases and table ornaments decorated with transparent polymethyl methacrylate that is so sophisticated it looks like crystal glass.

Nerd, the all-wood chair designed by David Geckeler, reflects a pleasing Scandinavian style, while the FAVN sofa (meaning “embrace” in Danish) is a joint creation by Fritz Hansen and the Spanish artist Jaime Hayon, that's not only represents the essence of a cosseting piece in a cosy living-room, but also embodies the very meaning of design, in other words painstaking use of colour, hand craftsmanship and technical prowess. Smeg's collection of 1950s-style electrical appliances makes use of the carefree connotations of pink to enhance its already considerable appeal.

And last but not least, the ironic but practical Scaletta radiator by Tubes, expresses its fun-loving spirit through a wide range of colours.

Even ceramic is not impervious to the influence of trends, and bows in its own way to the Pantone 2016 colour palette, by transposing it onto coordinated floor and wall tiles, designed for a range of residential and contract settings.

Read the full article published on Tile International 3/2015