2016 Color of the Year

It’s twins!
For the first time, Pantone the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems for the selection and communication of color across industries, has chosen a pair of baby-hued pastels as the Color of the Year — Rose Quartz (a kind of mineral pink) and Serenity (a light blue).


Photo: Seattle Sky by Jason Rubin

The team at Pantone see this as “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. 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.”


We need all the help we can get. It’s a good thing that Leatrice Eiseman is looking out for all of us. Who is Ms. Eiseman? For the last 30 years, she has been the Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute. Lee is widely quoted and is recognized by Fortune Magazine and the Wall Street Journal as one of the most influential people in the world of color.

livingroom“We wanted compassion, which today a lot of people are looking for,” Ms. Eiseman says. Pantone’s news release describes the colors as “inducing feelings of stability, constancy, comfort and relaxation,” and argues that they “create balance in a chaotic world.”


Rose Quartz and Serenity Color Pairings

livingroom-roseWhether in soft or hard surface materials, 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. View Pantone’s website to learn more.





Below are 10 home furnishings to match Patone’s latest selections. Do they invoke a sense of tranquility and inner peace?


  1. Ambit Pendant Lamp by TAF Architects for Muuto
  2. Aalto Vase by Alvar Aalto from Iittala
  3. Denim Cushion from BoConcept
  4. Askew Vase from CB2
  5. Nairutya – Citron Pillow from Eskayel
  6. SMEG Toaster
  7. Ruché Chair by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset
  8. Tallow Candle by Ontwerpduo
  9. Pivot No 1 Shelf from Hay
  10. Hai Chair Razzle Dazzle by Luca Nichetto for Hem


Leatrice Eiseman is the author of several books. Below are 2 of her 9 books on color.

the-color-answer-bookThe Color Answer Book (100+ Frequently Asked Color Questions for Home, Health and Happiness)






colorsColors for Your Every Mood: Discover Your True Decorating Colors






kitchen aidKitchenAid’s stand mixer in Guava Glaze.








Check out this Diebenkorn piece that incorporates flashes of both colors. At ART.com you will find how to accent with these colors and to find art that incorporates both shades.

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