Now that Rose Quartz (along with Serenity) has been named PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, we’re seeing touches of it everywhere – from furniture and skirts to lipstick and heels. As much as we’d love to make rose quartz work, it really is a tricky color to master. I thought this post would be as simple as the Emerald with Envy series but finding good content and design I actually like have been far from simple.
Here are my qualms about the color: depending on how it is applied, the color can look either too juvenile or too Dorothy from the Golden Girls; seeing it mixed with Serenity unfortunately has ended up looking a bit tacky (with the exception of these finds here.); rooms that have been showcased almost always have rose quartz playing off an existing shade of grey; and as with all trends, knowing this color will eventually fade and end up dating a space.
So why haven’t I just given up on it yet? Because it’s gorgeous and can be the most understated elegant element if used properly. It says feminine, warm, approachable, confident and modest. And has the opportunity to be the fraternal twin to ‘nude’ – you know the twin that has more friends and everyone tends to gravitate towards because they just seem more interesting? Yeah that one.
Here are rooms that nailed it:
What I’ve found to work best:
- paired with masculine lines, fabrics or material to keep it from being ultra-femme.
- adding it to cool greys to warm up a space and keep it from looking too stark.
- glam’ing out oak or cedar floors or furniture with rose quartz for a quick update and adding rose gold to make it sparkle.
Ready to take the plunge yet? Here are my favorite finds that are bound to make you smile: