Pantone names Rose Quartz, Serenity 2016 Color of the Year

Pairing of tones creates harmony, balance in home décor

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 20, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — You read that headline right. 

For the first time since the inception of its Color of the Year 16 years ago, Pantone chose the blending of two shades as the 2016 Color of the Year.

Pantone chose the combination of a warm rose tone and a cool, tranquil blue to promote balance, connection, order and peace.

With modern-day stress and an incessant stream of upsetting news, both global and domestic, Pantone sought to offer consumers reassurance and security through color.

“Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation, even in turbulent times,” a Pantone press release reads. “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said the color duo challenges traditional perceptions about 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,” Eiseman said in the press release. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, which includes 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.”

In home décor, Rose Quartz encourages reflection while Serenity provides a sense of space, according to Pantone. Pantone said the shades are ideal choices for rugs and upholstery, as well as paint and decorative accessories.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said she closely monitors the Pantone Color of the Year because it has a huge impact on the design industry.

“People shopping now want the most up-to-date look, and it’s important to get that look,” she said. “I think (the Pantone colors this year) are appropriate for the times, because people are looking to de-stress.”

She suggested incorporating either or both colors as pops of color or as a single accent wall in the home. She recommended keeping the majority of walls a neutral tone, such as white.

To spruce up white walls, Conroy said to experiment with varied textures and finishes.

She said she feels Serenity would be a good choice to use in bedrooms or home offices because of its calming element. A lamp, vase, throw blanket or pillow in Rose Quartz, she said, would add a splash of warm color.

“Another nice thing is it doesn’t have to be a wall or fabric color,” Conroy said. “Rose Quartz is very popular in lighting now. It’s romantic, with a lush tone to it. (The light) over a table makes it look very elegant.”

Pantone is a provider of professional color standards for the design industry. The Color of the Year selection looks at world trends, including entertainment, art, fashion, travel destinations, lifestyles, technology, social media and more.

For more information about Pantone, visit or call (866) 726-8663.