Pantone, a global color authority, chose two colors to dominate 2016 as part of their ‘color of the year’ forecast – Rose Quartz and Serenity. Now that you’ve been shocked and awed lets look at the two colors chosen.

Rose Quartz and Serenity

Rose Quartz and Serenity

As shown above, rose quartz is a bluish pink, while serenity is more of a powder blue. The pairing is part of a more unilateral approach to color – a commentary on the current societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, according to Pantone. Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz 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,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Playful yet sophisticated, this color duo makes a striking statement on its own, though it works equally well as an accent when joined with other shades.This engaging combination also works easily with other mid-tones, including cooler greens and purples. Pair with Lime Popsicle and Silver for some splash and sparkle, Old Rose for some tender nostalgia, or the velvety Fondue Fudge, which makes for a rich background.

Combined with other shades or on their own, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz brings a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment. Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.

An ideal choice for rugs and upholstery, Serenity and Rose Quartz also work well in paint and for decorative accessories. Coupling solid and patterned fabrics, throws, pillows and bedding in these shades provides a comforting respite and feeling of well-being in the home. Incorporating texture enhances the duality and kinship of these hues.

Serenity and Rose Quartz colored kitchen items and tableware, as well as home accessories like candles, decorative bowls, vases and florals, add subtle color accents while contributing to a welcoming and peaceful space. Translucent, glazing, matte and metallic shine are key finishes.


Take a look at a couple of examples:

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