Trending Tablescapes: PANTONE Colour of the Year for Mela Sabc 3


“A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. 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.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Using colour trends an inspiration, I created this tablescape for magazine programme Mela that celebrates the colourful and contemporary Eastern lifestyle. The show broadcasts on Sundays at 13:30pm immediately after the repeat screening of Top Billing. Presenter, Zakeeya Patel interviewed me recently and we discussed tablescapes, travel and tea!

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I focused on combining these two light and airy colours and introducing the deeper magenta to showcase the diversity of our Indian heritage. I wanted to also include the traditional, significant colours of Easter (as the segment is being aired around Easter). Every Easter color has a story to tell and bears a special relevance. If one is indicative of brightness, the other represents the darkness of our sins. If all this sounds interesting to you, then read further to know about the significance of Easter colors.

  • WHITE: This Easter color signifies purity and grace.
  • GREEN: The color green brings ray of hope. Green is the color of grass.
  • YELLOW: The color is related to the brightness of sun. It’s a color that brings joy and happiness.
  • PINK: Easter color pink indicates fresh beginning.
  • ROSE: It signifies joy and jubilation.
  • GOLD: it symbolizes something that is precious and valuable.

To add softness to the table, I used a chiffon tablecloth to add texture.

The paper placements with it’s colour gradient meant that I could draw inspiration for the colour palette. So i added in yellow to add a slight brightness to the floral decor.

Instead of place cards, I chose to use inspirational quotes fixed onto cardstock and embellished with a large detailed gem which could be taken by the guest and upcycled in their own gifting.This adds character to an otherwise simple tablescape. These are easy to make and one doesn’t need to go out and have tags or cards printed at short notice.

The flowers draped across the table instead of the usual posy-style bunching create interest and follow the European trends of floral artistry at the moment.I like to use vases or containers which offer different heights and textures. Some of the longer vases are actual cookie jars! I added an oasis in the larger vase and began grouping the flowers from the left side, working towards the right. I especially appreciated how the smaller groupings complimented the final look of the table.

Paper placemats with gold edge In Good Company
Photography: Shootcake
Glassware: Woolworths
Large gold candle stand: @home

Source: Pantone and Easter Colours