For the first time, Pantone has selected not one, but two colors of the year!

Pantone 2016 colors of the yearAt first glance, Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year may bring to mind specific thoughts like a baby’s nursery, a striking sunset or even a flashback to the 80’s. But while Rose Quartz (a pale pink) and Serenity (a soft blue with a hint of violet) may seem too pastel, when they’re paired with a complementary color scheme or used as an accent color they are quite sophisticated and beautiful.

The global authority on color, Pantone picked Rose Quartz and Serenity as the stand out shades for 2016.  And now we’re seeing these colors everywhere in fashion, décor and design.

Pantone says the colors were chosen as, “a snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” They feel Rose Quartz conveys compassion and a sense of composure while Serenity is calming and relaxing, and together they blur the gender line.

Throughout the years, you’ve probably seen and used these colors, but wipe your design mind clean and look at some fresh ways to incorporate the 2016 colors of the year in your home.

Paint an Accent Wall to Add a Unique Color

The pale pink wall is the perfect backdrop to the Serenity blue accessories in this living room. White, black and gray neutrals keep the pink from overpowering the room. See more stunning looks from this designer.

Rose Quartz and Serenity, the 2016 colors of the year, highlight this stunning living room.

A Touch of Blue Transforms a Kitchen

The blue glass tile backsplash and accessories soften this white kitchen with marble countertops. Learn more about this kitchen design here.

Serenity blue glass tile backsplash.

The 2016 Colors of the Year Create a Bedroom for Him and Her

A neutral canvas of pale pink and white help highlight the tufted pink bench, a Serenity and Rose Quartz oriental rug and dark espresso furniture. The blend of so-called masculine and feminine shades create a gender neutral room.  See more ideas from this design group.

This bedroom uses Rose Quartz and Serenity the 2016 colors of the year.

Don’t Forget Color for Your Home’s Exterior

Create curb appeal using Rose Quartz and Serenity garden pots, porch furniture, pillows or even a painted door! This blue door, flanked by Simonton double hung windows, creates an inviting entrance and highlights Serenity—one of the 2016 colors of the year.

2016 color of the year Serenity makes this front door stand out.

Accessories Can Have a Big Impact in Your Home

Not ready for a Rose Quartz or Serenity wall or couch? Then the easiest way to add these colors to your home is with accessories.  With rugs, lamps and unique one-of-a-kind items, you can accentuate your home with this refined color palette.

2016 colors of the year-Rose Quartz and Serenity accessories for your home.

MixerFloral RugPink ChairMason JarsPink LanternPillowsPink BottlesBlue LampBlue RugCandlesOttomanPainting

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