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Add some trendy shades to your home without breaking the bank by using accessories in Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year.

Although I’m sure we would all love to be able to renovate our home every year to follow color and decor trends, most of us don’t actually have that kind of budget. Thankfully, smart (and broke) decorators know how to use neutral basics and use accessories and decor items to make their homes fashionable.

As the decor trends for 2016 start rolling around home decor stores, you’ll notice a focus on baby blue and soft pink: Pantone’s 2016 color(s) of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz. I wrote about these colors and their combinations last week. These two colors are meant to bring us in a place of calm and focus, to counteract our overactive, super-busy lifestyle.

Well, I can’t repaint any of my walls, but I sure can get some accessories to add a fashionable, trendy style to my apartment. Here are some things to look for in every room of the house.

Kitchen accessories

It’s so easy to change the look of a neutral kitchen with a few well-chosen accessories. A beautiful tablecloth in Serenity Blue will give your kitchen an instant calming aura. Shop for vintage offerings (pale blue was a popular color in the 50s) or get something more modern. Whatever you choose, a blue tablecloth will link the sky outside to your eating space.

Traditional Dining Room by Fort Worth Design-Build Firms Hull Historical

You should also consider a clock, flatware or candlesticks in Rose Quartz and/or Serenity to add a touch of meditative trendiness to your kitchen.

Living room accessories

As soon as the 2016 colors were announced, Etsy craftsters and decor companies started printing fabrics for cushions, throws and rugs to add to living rooms.

Neutral walls and furniture (especially if nude/grey) will work really well with Rose Quartz and Serenity. Don’t be afraid to add complementary colors as well, like aubergine purple, moss green and golden yellow, or to play with a range of shades of the same color.

Transitional Living Room by Houston Furniture & Accessories High Fashion Home

Think beyond the fabric too: lampshades, candlesticks and sculpted figures will also look great in your decor, without breaking the bank.

Bedroom accessories

In the bedroom, it’s easy to switch your decor around by simply changing the bedding. While I prefer the duvet cover method (you can collect them and change them easily, and they take up much less space than full comforters), you can of course change the comforter.

Thankfully, having neutral nude/beige furniture will actually be a good thing for matching Rose Quartz and Serenity, as they fit really well with these kinds of shades. Just add a few things on top, like a picture frame or a pot of fake flowers, and they’ll brighten right up.

Eclectic Bedroom by Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms Design Manifest

Rugs, throw pillows and throws are also good choices if you have more neutral bedding in white or grey. I definitely love the gender-bending characteristics of these colors–men shouldn’t be afraid to use pink, and women blue.

Bathroom accessories

I’m a big fan of using the shower curtain as the main decor element in a bathroom. It’s the biggest, most obvious piece, it’s fairly cheap, and it’s easily switched.

You can go big with a flower print featuring petals and sky, or more subtle with a geometric pattern. Whichever you choose, of course, depends on your style and tastes. But it just shows you how versatile these colors are.

To this decor element, I would also add small details, like a framed print or jars in a mix of pink and blue. Put your cotton swabs, cotton balls and other cosmetic items in them for both a practical and beautiful bathroom.

Trendy doesn’t mean expensive

Having a trendy home doesn’t mean doing expensive renovations and repainting every room. Sometimes, just switching around a few accessories and fabrics can make a big difference.

How would you add a touch of Rose Quartz and Serenity in your home? Any room seems more interesting than others for Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year? Let us know in the comments!

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Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Anabelle is a freelance writer, writing teacher and blogger. She spends a lot of time at home, so she likes to make sure that it's cozy and nice, especially in her reading nook. In her free time, Anabelle knits, walks and learns how to write stories.