Decorating Ideas With Pantone's 2016 Top Colors of the Year

Decorating with Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year: Serenity & Rose Quartz

Last year, Marsala was the highly coveted color. The year before that, Radiant Orchid took the reigns. But this year, Pantone took an exciting risk by dubbing two opposing shades Color of the Year: Rose Quartz, a soft, pale pink, and Serenity, and cool, paint-powder blue. When paired together, they convey a serene sense of calm, something Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Instititue says we’re all in need of.


“Evoking feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation, the linkage of Serenity with Rose Quartz creates balance in a chaotic world by providing the perfet counterpoint to the fast-paced, fractured and hurried lives that technology and the 24/7 news cycle has brought.”

And guess what… decorating with this perfect pairing is far easier than you think.


1. Choose a dominate color then accent with the other.

Create color harmony by decorating widely with one shade and then add in finishing touches in the other. Also don’t shy away from linens printed with patterns that meld the two.


Pink Walls, Tilton Fenwick

Photo courtesy of Tilton Fenwick, Vogue.


2. Try accenting with black or navy for greater impact.  

Add accent pieces in stronger, sophisticated colors like black of navy blue for a sharper aesthetic. It creates a completely different look that will appear both luxurious and calming at once.


Lifestyle by Paul Raeside

Photo courtesy of Paul Raeside, Homes & Gardens. 


3. Find art that incorporates both shades.  

“Given that many artists are naturally drawn to working with colors that oppose each other, you can actually find a good bit of art that includes both colors. This Diebenkorn incorporates flashes of both. Don’t stress if the colors aren’t evenly weighedit’s all about seeing beauty in the subtleties,” says Sandra Chandler, Buyer at


Pictured above: “Ocean 116, 1979” by Richard Diebenkorn 


Chandler adds, “I think the Color of the Year allows people who normally don’t like to decorate with the softer pastel colors a chance to bring it into their home without it being overwhelming. I myself like the color pink but have stayed away from decorating with it because it can sometimes come across as too soft and feminine. I actually know a lot of women who don’t like the softer colors because of this. Blue tones pink down while still allowing you to enjoy the lightness and softness of pink.”

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Sold on Rose Quartz + Serenity? Check out this exclusive collection of prints designed with the 2016 Color of the Year in mind. And tell us: How will you incorporate this two-tone statement into your space?




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