PANTONE Releases a Tranquil Twist in Color for 2016

Every year, the Pantone Color Institute announces an official hue to represent the most cutting edge moods and trends of our culture. 

This time, Pantone has selected both Rose Quartz and Serenity for the 2016 colors of the year, combining two shades for the first time. Breaking through traditions, these hues embark on an innovative journey unlike the intensity of previous Pantone choices.

Rose Quartz, a nude-pink tint not to be confused with baby pink, brings about a sense of compassion with a sophisticated allure. Serenity's effervescence resembles an all-encompassing sky blue, but with a hint of gentle lavender. Meant to pair together, they provide a captivating sense of relaxation, a perfect catalyst for a calm atmosphere.

These shades forecast the oncoming year's infatuation with pastels, incorporating softer tone expressions to represent the average consumer's growing ambition for a mindful and balanced lifestyle. The colors also represent the increase of gender-neutral fashion fluidity as our culture strives for gender equality and freedom of expression.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells us that, "Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."

These co-colors are soft enough to offer versatility when decorating, and look exquisite in any finish. Balancing them with dark, intense shades adds impressively elegant drama, while pairing with lighter neutrals creates a modern ambiance suitable for any space.

"A perfect combination in the home," says Eiseman, Rose Quartz and Serenity are on their way to carving a new path for improved relaxation. Explore this revolutionary blend of colors in your home decorating to cultivate unforgettable peace and fulfillment.