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Meet Rose Quartz and Serenity [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://roseottdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DOcJ-FxaFrRg4gtDEwOnI5OjBzMTsHuR-1.mp4"][/video] For the first time in fifteen years, Pantone, the world-renowned color expert presents two colors as Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity (13-1520 and 15-3919). Pantone explains, "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 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."

According to trend forecaster Dave Nemeth and managing director of Hansgrohe SA David Cooper, 2016 will be the year of technology in the kitchen and bathroom. New technology and a return to the Bauhaus principles of design will see function start to follow form. Here are the top kitchen and bathroom trends for 2016… Clever kitchens According to Nemeth, kitchens will be driven by the term ‘the internet of things’ going forward, “where it is not just humans that interact electronically but our environments and appliances too.” Kitchens that communicate with us “The overriding importance of the cooking space will be less on the aesthetic and more on the functionality. The kitchen area will increasingly communicate with us. For example, fridges, pantries and spice racks will be able notify you via your mobile phone what is running low and add it to your grocery list. Ovens will be programmed to cook the perfect meal and alert us when the dishes are ready. Screens placed in strategic areas, will allow for immediate access to millions of recipes via voice command and will identify whether you have all the ingredients needed for the recipe.” While this technology is imminent, there are already highly sophisticated offerings from Hansgrohe that make the lives of the chef much easier, says Cooper. The Axor Citterio Select is an example of modern convenience coupled with high-quality design. The Select technology allows the water flow and temperature on your kitchen mixer to be pre-set with options which allow the mixer to intuitively and practically meet the cook’s needs.”