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Pantone’s Color of 2016 is a Trendsetting Duo

2016 is the first-ever year to have two hues in harmony chosen as Pantone’s Color the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Rose Quartz is a delicate blush tone that’s not too pink, nor too pale; Serenity is an ethereal blue that complements the warmth of its Pantone partner.

The pair challenges the norm of one color or one feeling being the year’s trend–and provides wonderful flexibility in interpretation and application of color. “These two harmonious colors are both soft & serene & can easily be incorporated, no matter your style.”, offers Design Studio expert Sarah Portugal.  Sarah also points out the calming feeling the colors evoke, and how they may serve as reminders of harmony often lacking: “In a world where everything is right at our fingertips & fast paced, it’s time to create a sense of quiet & peace.  What better way is there than with color?”

We really love that two colors that are so often imbued with opposing significance or meaning work in harmony as Pantone’s 2016 pick. On this, designer Taylor Niese shares “It is exciting that this feels like not only a 2016 color trend but a statement of equality and peace”. No matter the application or interpretation, Rose Quartz and Serenity are sure to dominate interior design and fashion for the coming year.


Reminiscent of nature’s most beautiful moments–like sun on a mountainside –they can take on different depths to complement a variety of colors, like oranges, deep purples and rusts.


When drawing inspiration from these weightless, airy shades, you can pair them with colors that speak to you. Sea foam, sky blue, blush, or real red can really pop against Rose Quartz and Serenity.


There are no rules when incorporating these colors into your world. Add Rose Quartz and Serenity to your space, and pair them with other colors that resonate with you. 


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