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Design Tips: How to use the Pantone colors of the year 2016

What is the Pantone color of the year?

Every year, color experts from various nations meet to determine what the Pantone color of the year will be. The Pantone color of the year is a symbolic color selection intended to reflect the mood and attitude of what’s happening in our culture at the present time. Pantone’s recent announcement that the color of the year for 2016 is actually two colors is a first. Their choices of serenity (soft blue) and rose quartz (light pink) are causing a stir in design circles. The two colors represent a move toward the gender blur seen in fashion, and reflect modern day generations who are less concerned with being typecast.


How can I use serenity and rose quartz in my home?

There’s no doubt the colors go well together and are reminiscent of nature – look at the sky at sunrise to see them combine.  But how best to use them in the home?  If you want to start out small, adding pops of color is one of the safest ways to try out the color combination and freshen up the look of your home.  Major appliance brands are already bringing out cute lines using serenity and rose quartz.  Check out these options from KitchenAid, Smeg and Keurig for a few ideas.

What stone choices reflect the Pantone colors of the year?

If you’re thinking about adding a feature wall, bar top, countertop or vanity, there are several beautiful options to bring a touch of serenity or rose quartz to your home. This blue macaubas quartzite combines dreamy shades of serenity with other depths of cream and blue and incredible movement.

Blue Macaubas

Azul imperiale quartzite also offers hues of serenity, but with a more precise diagonal movement and lavender tones.

Azul Imperiale

For a bolder, deeper blue, blue bahia countertops and backsplash make a statement in this kitchen.


Rose quartz is a rarer shade to find in our inventory.  Hints of it can be seen in this breccia onciata marble combining shades of beige, pink and cream.


How will serenity and rose quartz influence fashion?

While last year’s color of the year, Marsala, was a deep, rich color best suited to a fall wardrobe, this year’s colors should prove more versatile for all seasons. The pastel shades work well with florals for spring and summer, but are also suited to cosy neutral fall/winter coats and sweaters, to add color interest with scarves, jewellery, bags and other accessories. Sephora is working with Pantone to launch a range of make up themed around serenity and rose quartz.

Lastly, this is one of the most fun and bold uses of rose quartz and serenity I’ve seen so far – why not paint the front of your house in this year’s colors?

Pantone house exterior

Find out more about the Pantone color of the year


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