Pantone Color of the Year 2016 :: ROSE QUARTZ + SERENITY

As this article goes live I am boarding a flight to Atlanta {in fact I’m editing it at gate C1 to be exact…} for the January Atlanta Home Furnishings Market and I thought it a fitting time to share the Pantone Color of the Year 2016. Well actually this year, for the first time ever, Pantone has introduced two colors instead of the traditional one color. May I present…

pantone color of the year 2016 by @KraylFunch

the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 –  Rose Quartz + Serenity.

And invite you to visit my Pinterest board dedicated to this color combination, Rose Quartz + Serenity,  well as the previous colors Emerald Green + Radiant Orchid. Over the course of the year I follow the color and add to this board to see how accurate the prediction is as well as how designers, homemakers and brands are incorporating it into their designs and products.  

According to Pantone, “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 feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. 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.

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. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, 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.”

Official Pantone Colors :: 

Rose Quartz PANTONE 13-1520   

Serenity PANTONE 15-3919

 What do you think?? Honestly I am neither a pink or a pastel person so these are not my favorite colors… and I also wonder why grey has not been a Pantone color for years {has it ever?} and grey has been a predominant fashion and home decor color for years now. 

Either way I am curious what you think about the colors, separate or together. Would you use them in your home? 




  • Dale

    I’m not overly in love with pastels either (had my stint like everyone when my house seemed like a bag of mini-marshmallows!) however this duo does please me, maybe for a small space…

    • Krayl Funch

      Dale! I am cracking up with your visual! I can just imagine walking around your home bumping into marshmallow puffs!
      I agree… Perhaps a bathroom could be a good place to start with the combination.

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