Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Spoiler alert, the winner is actually a combination of TWO colors! This year, Pantone has chosen to feature both “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” as the color of the year, creating a lovely blend of warm and cool that exudes peace and tranquility.


Taken directly from Pantone’s website:

“For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the Pantone Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feeling of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

“Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.”

 Learn more about these wonderful colors here: Pantone Color of the Year 2016


When pairing these colors with artwork, don’t feel that you have to stick to a pastel palette. Incorporating elements of “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” helps keep the artwork cohesive with the space, but steer clear from too much of either. Look for pieces that are expressive and lyrical, like Anna Razumovskaya’s “Auburn Melody” or ones that are bold, yet continue the feeling of tranquility like Alexander Volkov’s “Emerald Bay Sunrise”. Here you can see how two very different styles and subject matters can work for a space of this color combination without making things seem monotonous!

Anna Razumovskaya's "Auburn Melody"

"Auburn Melody" by Anna Razumovskaya


Alexander Volkov's "Emerald Bay Sunrise"

"Emerald Bay Sunrise" by Alexander Volkov