What do Rose Quartz and Serenity have in common?

By now you may have already heard, but they are the Pantone color(s) of the year 2016. It’s unprecedented for Pantone to choose not one, but two colors of the year. And these color choices come to us as a bit of a surprise, especially after the bold colors of years past (think: Marsala and Radiant Orchid).  In layman’s terms they look like baby blue and pink!

Pantone color of the year 2016

So why such a big shift in color choice? Well, according to the color experts at Pantone, there is a trending shift in the way we think. As our society moves toward gender fluidity, pink doesn’t necessarily represent something girlie and blue doesn’t always mean boy, and these color choices are becoming more and more popular in the fashion and entertainment industries.

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Found on annporter.wordpress.com

In addition, consumers are seeking mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stress. Makes sense, right? Because our lives are so busy, why not surround ourselves with welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security?

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By definition, Rose Quartz conveys passion with a sense of composure. It’s persuasive, yet gentle. A warm, embracing tone. Serenity on the other hand is a cooler tone that brings with it a sense of tranquility. It’s weightless and airy. And, it brings about a feeling of respite and relaxation.

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Found on vogue.co.uk

So how do you incorporate these hot, “on-trend” colors into your home décor?! The answer may surprise you. At first thought you may think they are too feminine or pastel-ish. We think it all depends on how you use it, and what you pair it with. Both of these colors can easily pair with bright bold colors, metallic and wood tones. Or, you can take the opposite route and pair them with softer hues.

Pantone color of the year 2016 palettes

I actually love Rose Quartz. It’s so hard to find a grown-up pink. This one has a bit of brown in it that makes it fabulous! You may not have noticed, but pink looks good on everyone, however, it’s rarely used. Try using Rose Quartz tone in your dining room, living room or bedroom. Pair it with grey or pale brown to tone it down enough to slip its way past most men!

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Found on stylemepretty.com

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Found on taylorjoelleblog.com

I’m not quite as “wowed” by Serenity. However, blues always seem to be a popular choice among clients. That being said, I think this shade of blue will work well in a bedroom or sitting room where you want to relax, as it invokes a sense of tranquility. I can also see it used in the dining room as warm and elegant backdrop.

Serenity living room

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Of course there are endless ways you can use these colors in your home. It all depends on how much or how little you want to use. For lots more inspiration, click here to check out my Pinterest board, Pantone color(s) of the year 2016.

Pantone colors of the year

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