Pantone Color of the Year 2016… x2

Every year, Pantone – color masters extraordinaire – unveils a color of the year. While other color experts (Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, among others) also name a color of the year, Pantone’s is the gold standard. So the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 is…

…two colors?

That’s right, two colors. For the first time, Pantone has chosen two shades: Rose Quartz, a nude rose (duh) tone, and Serenity, a soothing blue in the periwinkle family.

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

So what makes this year different? It’s not that the powers-that-be at Pantone couldn’t make up their minds (anyone else picturing a Sleeping Beauty-esque “Pink! Blue!” meeting?) – the dual choices represent the “gender blur” that society is currently experiencing.

Because pink and blue are generally exclusive (at least in kids’ rooms), the blending of the shades has a refreshingly lovely and tranquil effect. Both colors are softer than more recent years’ Colors, “reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” according to Pantone.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. 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.

The combination is reminiscent of the colors painted across the skies at dawn and dusk; natural, peaceful, inspirational.

Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2016 ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

The hues are not just for kids’ rooms,, though it obviously works in them:
Photo credit: Stefan Radtke | Photography
Bedroom by PatriArch Architecture
But it may be used effectively all over the house, sometimes with one or both shades more saturated. It’s sophisticated, tranquil, and surprisingly versatile:
Living Room by Nina Hausott

Photo credit: Dreamy Whites/

Bedroom by Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design

Kitchen by Poolehaus Residential Design

Bedroom by Amy of Maison Decor

Living Room by Niche Interiors

Living Room by American Blinds Wallpaper and More
This house looks like was decorated to be Pantone ad! (Okay, a lot of the shades are a bit different, but it’s too good to leave out):
Kitchen by Anthony Baratta LLC

Bedroom by Anthony Baratta LLC

Living Room by Anthony Baratta LLC
 What do you think of this year’s Color(s)?