The color gods have spoken. For the first time ever, the design world is gifted with not one, but two Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016. The Pantone Color Institute, the world’s authority on color, declared a soft pink called Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and a muted blue called Serenity (Pantone 15-3919) as the colors of the year.
This particular pastel pairing may call to mind a nursery for newborn twin babies, but Pantone says that isn’t the aim. The color institute says they’ve seen more people embracing wellness and inner peace in their lives over the past year, and these two colors represent those ideals coming together.
“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” write the color experts. “Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
We love the rosy warmth and tranquility that these shades bring into a well-designed interior. The soft pink hue is versatile enough to adorn the walls of a library or master bedroom, while the light blue shade is neutral and calming.
The subdued colors are a noticeable change from more daring Pantone picks, like last year’s Marsala, and Radiant Orchid and Emerald the years before that. When Pantone’s Color of the Year program started in 2000, Cerulean Blue was named to capture Y2K angst. While last year’s Marsala seemed like a decidedly autumn tone, Rose Quartz and Serenity work for all seasons.
Pantone’s color of the year announcement is an annual event that is closely watched by the design and fashion industry as the tipoff to a trend that usually spreads through home décor, fashion and design for several years.
Check out some of our antique and vintage furniture and décor in these star shades: