The Pantone Color of the Year: 2016

The Pantone Color of the Year: 2016

Pantone color of the year 2016

Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016!  Only this year, its not just one color… its two.  I think this is actually pretty refreshing.  Having two colors of the year can mean double the design fun.

Without further adieu, here are this year’s colors: COLOR FORMULAS, GUIDES & STANDARDS COLOR FORMULAS, GUIDES & STANDARDS


Here is what Pantone said on their website about this year’s color choice(s):



PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919

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.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

This all makes a lot of sense.  Our world is a bit of chaotic place right now, so its perfectly logical that we would want our homes to be a place of deep serenity (see what I did there?) and peace (aka rose quartz).  While these colors would traditionally be sanctioned to a children’s room, they are now boldly moving into other areas of our homes.  Really though, why should the babies have all the peace and serenity?  There is enough to go around…

Retailers are already jumping on the trend.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate these lovely colors into your space:

Throw pillows are an inexpensive and VERY easy way to add rose quartz and serenity into your home. Fan Coral – Rose Quartz & Serenity Throw Pillow Fan Coral – Rose Quartz & Serenity Throw Pillow Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz/ Serenity Ombre Throw Pillow Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz/ Serenity Ombre
Throw Pillow


If you are a big fan of the rose quartz color, why not buy an armchair? pittsburgh pink armchair pittsburgh pink armchair


Or if your feeling blue/serene, why not this lovely chesterfield sofa? Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Sofa, Wilcox Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Sofa, Wilcox


Area rugs make a HUGE difference in a space, and this one just hints at Pantone’s color of the year without being overwhelming. Homespun Moroccan Trellis Rug Homespun Moroccan Trellis Rug


Or, if you just want a simple addition, purchase rose quartz and serenity accessories like this one directly from Pantone. PANTONE UNIVERSE Mug with Gift Box PANTONE UNIVERSE Mug with Gift Box


If you are absolutely in love with these colors there are more ways of incorporating them into your space.  Paint a feature wall or an entire room.  Refurbish a piece of craigslist furniture with one or both of the colors.  Buy a large canvas and paint a piece of abstract art with this year’s shades.  The options are endless.  Just remember, as with everything in life, moderation is key.

Here are a couple of additional resources:


Sandy Petermann-Williams

The Lux Pad


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I wish you great serenity in the new year!

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